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Event Reports from Dorset Group


Dorset Group: 30 Sep 18

1 Oct 2018 | Dorset Group

A lovely sunny day greeted our happy band of 8 plus dog as we traversed the valley to climb the Purbeck Ridge at Ulwell. The summit yielded spectacular views of Swanage Bay and the Isle of Wight; we then ambled along Nine Barrow Down passing the iron age barrows to be greeted by further wide ranging views across Poole Harbour on one side and the Jurassic Coast on the other; finally decending into Corfe Castle for lunch.

Our return to Herston commenced with a stroll across Corfe Common and along the Swanage Railway before climbing to the village of Langton Matravers for a refreshing pub stop....
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Dorset Group: 20 Sep 18

23 Sep 2018 | Dorset Group

The last day of summer proved to be unseasonably blustery and overcast as our band of 8 plus dog assembled at Fiddleford. We first explored the 14th century Fiddleford Manor and ajoining Lavender Farm before heading off into the woods and the hamlet of Broad Oak.

Traversing rolling fields and thickly wooded gwyles we descended to the river Stour to reach Newton Mill (a functioning water mill still producing flour) for our 'elevensies'. Crossing many picturesque bridges across the Stour admiring many a swan we followed the water meadows to the town of Sturminster Newton....
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Dorset Group: 9 Sep 18

11 Sep 2018 | Dorset Group

A band of 15 plus a dog, ably led by David C, set off through gradually improving weather; which ended in a pleasantly sunny and warm afternoon. We stopped after an hour for a drink and some serious blackberry picking before descending into woods and then the village of Durweston. More fruit-laden paths took us to a terraced hillside where we had a leisurely lunch, watching a sheep migration (almost a murmuration) in the valley below, our dog straining at the lease to go and round them up.

More varied countryside ...
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Dorset group: 23 Aug 18

24 Aug 2018 | Dorset Group

On a beautiful summer's day our merry band of 16 plus 2 dogs from all corners of Dorset (and Oxford) assembled in Spetisbury. We ambled across the pretty water meadows of the Stour to reach the fragrant new botanical garden at Keyneston Mill, which specialises in plants for perfume. We then continued on to reach the 13th century church at Tarrant Abbey hidden away in deepest countryside. We found medieval wall paintings and searched for the tomb of King John's daughter, Queen Joan, who is buried in the churchyard....
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