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Mileaters enjoy The Sun...

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A rare sunny day welcomed a record 26 Mileaters, and 4 canine friends, for a local walk taking in a selection of Dorchester's historical sites.

Weekend rains, courtesy of Storm Ciara, had put paid to the original circuit encompassing Poundbury Hill Fort and the Roman Aqueduct, flooding the track to Wrackleford, so we resorted to Plan B.   From the Sun Inn our route took us to the Roman Town House - the most complete example in the UK - and then to Hangman's Cottage where some ghoulish discussions ensued on Thomas Hardy's account of the Victorian "Hanging Fairs".

DSC 1190Following the Mill Stream to Fordington's former Loud's Mill, we then squelched across the water meadows for a coffee break at Stinsford Church, with its memorials to Hardy and Cecil Day-Lewis.

Onwards to Grey's Bridge, to the site of the former public swimming area in the River Frome, and across the Dorset Showground, we eventually arrived back at our start point, muddy but unbowed.

Having had our fill of culture for the day we repaired to the Sun Inn for some well-earned rest and rehydration.

Nick Priddle







Tuesday, 02 06 2020

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