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Mileaters survive the pub with no beer.

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14 Mileaters gathered at Burton Bradstock for the next section in our Coast Path odyssey. On paper, a fairly level walk to Abbotsbury awaited, but after eventually negotiating the 3 miles to West Bexington, 50% of which was on shingle, we realised why the Army used beaches for training.

At West Bexington a well-earned coffee break was enjoyed and 5 more members joined us for the final 3 1/2 miles to Abbotsbury; 10 minutes of beach and then it was merely a case of avoiding the deep pools of rainwater remaining from recent downpours - a stark contrast  to the wonderful weather that accompanied us on our route, cool and breezy but clear blue skies.

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At last St.Catherine's Chapel came into view and time for a photo-call, with great views south to The Fleet, and north to the surrounding hills. One small rise and we were across the finishing line; our reward awaited. But no, the pub had run out of draught beer! Toys collected from around the pram we made good with ciders, lagers and the odd "Peculier" bottle, accompanied by an excellent lunch.

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Next stop Chickerell.                                                                                                       

Nick Priddle.







Sunday, 21 10 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.

Nick Priddle tel: 01305 889189