Parking at The Three Shoes at Powerstock we headed out above the Mangerton river to the little chapel at West Milton, and then across country fields and down empty lanes through Loscombe. The views of the surrounding hills were unforgettable – Dorset at its luscious, curvaceous best. Through woods, part of the Loscombe nature reserve, with the heavy scent of wild garlic, we tried to relax over coffee in a well chosen field but most were driven on by a lively group of curious bullocks. Only Mark stood, or sat, his ground. A brief rain shower and the warmth returned as we crossed fields to North Poorton and visited the church of St Mary Magdalene, with its beautifully carved pulpit and delicate spire. Through South Poorton and across more fields, and a final ascent just before Powerstock gave us 360 degree views of the encircling hills with four buzzards up above.
Arriving in Powerstock we had time to visit the church with its exquisite window capturing the blues and golds of the surrounding countryside, before a relaxed lunch at the welcoming Three Shoes.