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We came to the memorial plaque of Dr Richard S Barbe-Baker OBE 1889-1982 a Forester and Conservationist. The next challenge was a freshly ploughed field with footpath straight across but wanting to keep our ankles and knee joints in tact we walked round the edge of this field. We walked up to the A35 and went across seeing the splendid views of West Bay and Chesil beach. Walking on we came to cross back over the A35 to the Abbotsbury fort, here 2 members decided it was coffee break while the others walked to the top view point and came back.

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Once everyone was refreshed we got a move on along the lane, along a dirt track where upon we were greeted with 4 large metal gates all in a row, looked like the Grand National race course. No one offered to jump them so we walked through them.

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Just up this track we came to the lovely woods of Bluebells and the remains of an old chapel.  Back onto the track. The next path was interesting although clearly on the map no visible sign across the field. The gateway was over grown and the next field just awful. 3ft  high stinging nettles and thistles no obvious route through, but Nick said yes this is the path. Those with bare legs suffered greatly!  SO so pleased to reach the road to Puncknowle.  The crown inn made us very welcome and food and drink went down really well.

Lesley Pemberton

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Tuesday, 14 08 2018

The Mileaters

The village walking group began some 25 years ago with the aim of walking the Dorset Coast Path, in sections, from the Devon border to Sandbanks. Subsequently the reverse route from Sandbanks to Devon has been undertaken.

We are a friendly group of local residents, ex-residents, and colleagues from the area, who meet on a fortnightly basis to enjoy the diversity of the wonderful Dorset countryside. We take it in turns to lead a walk with most members being allotted a fortnight's slot twice a year. The choice of distance, location, and day within that fortnight is at the discretion of the fortnightly leader, but walks (anywhere in Dorset) are usually between 4 and 8 miles. 

Walk details are distributed by email. A picnic lunch is often carried in the Summer, but a pub lunch in the Winter is the norm - rehydration is de rigueur! Generally we meet on the Village Green at 10.00 a.m.

Contact:
Nick Priddle tel: 01305 889189