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Event Reports from Dorset Group


Dorset Group: 13 May 18

14 May 2018 | Dorset Group

On a beautifully sunny spring morning a merry group of 14 assembled at our leader Dickie's cottage on the Laverstock Estate in deepest West Dorset. We were led through remote bluebell woods up to Lewesdon Hill for commanding views far across the countryside down to the sea. After a troll along the Wessex Ridgeway we descended into the pretty hamlet of Stoke Abbott for a very leisurely lunch at the local inn. A stroll down the valley through fields of lambs and highland cattle brought us back to Gardener's Cottage where we were treated to a sumptuous tea on the lawn....
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Dorset Group: 29 Apr 18

30 Apr 2018 | Dorset Group

On a cold, windy overcast day more befitting December than April our brave band of 12 set off from the old quarry above Kimmeridge along the ridge path into the Army Firing Ranges. Having traversed Tyneham Cap and Gad Cliff we descended to meet the sea at Worbarrow Bay where we were photobombed by an enormous black dog.

A stroll up the gwyle through woods covered in flowering wild garlic brought us to Tyneham Ghost Village where we picnicked and explored. Climbing back over Tyneham Cap we descended to picturesque Kimmeridge Bay ending at Clavell's restaurant in the village for a well earned late lunch/early tea....
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Dorset Group: 19 Apr 18

22 Apr 2018 | Dorset Group

On a glorious day blessed with clear blue skies and no wind our friendly group of 10 (including visitors from Paris) set off from the Halfway Inn across Hartland Moor towards Corfe Castle. Having sneaked through the Paintballing skirmish wood without incident we reached the Swanage steam railway terminus at Norden where we enjoyed a Purbeck ice cream (manufactured very locally in Corfe Castle) whilst admiring the steam locomotive turnabout.

We returned through primose laden Norden wood passing deer, alpaca and emu to reach the Blue Pool....
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Dorset Group: Holt Heath 8 Apr 18

9 Apr 2018 | Dorset Group

Despite the April drizzle a generous group of 15 and a dog assembled at an off the beaten track woodland location to explore Holt Heath. Ably guided by David C we traversed the ancient heathland that once covered much of Dorset and then verdant woodland, The rain held off for our picnic lunch in a farmyard where the friendly farmer had allowed us to use his garden furniture. A challenging return across watermeadows and ponds brought us back into the woods. A very enjoyable day was had by all, the drizzle not spoiling the usual lively conversation....
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