Burton Bradstock Walk
There are a number of good reasons why the founder members of the Martinstown Mileaters chose that particular name for the group. “Martinstown” should be obvious enough, and the choice of “miles” and “eating” might also have been self-evident – at least until the recent global unpleasantness impacted on the valley, and our activities were so dramatically disrupted.
As lockdown slowly eased and the earliest hint of normality began to return, it was clearly time to reclaim our full heritage. And so, on Friday May 14th, twenty-five Mileaters met both to walk and to eat – the full set of organisational aspirations and dreams in a single day.
From the National Trust Car Park at Cogden, just this side of Burton Bradstock, we headed inland along a well-marked Dorset pathway, up hills, down a track that dates back to the middle-ages, past a pond, over stiles, over yet more stiles, skirting a Cider Farm, and eventually back into the north side of Burton Bradstock, until we stopped for a coffee, loo, and photo break near the play area in the village. From there, it was up the hill towards Billy Bragg’s house, down to Hive Beach, back though the ever-expanding caravan park, and eventually back to our cars. An immensely enjoyable 4.7 miles, packed with world class scenery and world class chat.
And then it was time to address the eating part of our heritage. Ben and Leanne really did us proud at The Brewers Arms. Great food, great service, and great weather. Miles, eating and friends. What more could we ask for? Maybe, just maybe, normality is returning…