Mileaters enjoy The Sun...
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".
Following 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.