Mileaters Wey their options...
14th April 2021
Well, we finally got out for our first Group walk of 2021 and whilst it was chilly, there was little breeze and the sun shone on the righteous.
22 walkers (it would have been 23 but one had the gall to end up in hospital) and 4 dogs gathered at Upwey Station car park (free !), and set off for a circuit familiar in parts to some, but largely a surprise to most, as we were never more than a 3 minutes' drive from Morrisons ! We were soon enjoying fine views of Portland in one direction, Hardy's Monument in the distance behind us, and Lorton Meadows beneath us, as we headed south along the ridge above Littlemoor. By the time we exited the Meadows, "George" had completed 10 laps of all the fields and located a stagnant pond to wade into.
Radipole next with its interesting part 13th century St Ann's church, followed by pleasant fields, a fine crossing of the River Wey on an ancient bridge where we were serenaded by Blackcaps enjoying the sun, before we encamped (in groups of 6, of course) for our lunch on a glorious stretch of the Wey; no kingfishers as "George" could not resist a lengthy dip in the icy waters.
Following the river upstream we passed through Nottington with its unusual octagonal house, originally built as a spa over a sulphurous spring, with baths and a pump room, to arrive on the outskirts of Broadwey. Here some opted for a quick return to their cars and the 4 1/2 miles option. The remainder added a further mile and a half loop, to take in the views back over our route and down over the course of the old Abbotsbury railway line.
An excellent start to our walking season. A surprisingly rural walk for such an urban area.