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Last walk before 'lockdown'...

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The last walk before lockdown seems like an age ago, and we have moved into a very different world now. I know that most Mileaters have continued with their walking as part of their daily exercise and, with the help of Nick Priddle, we have discovered (or rediscovered) the pleasure of the many walks from our village.

Anyway, the last walk was a 6 miler from the Castle Garden Centre at Sherborne, heading South through the lovely deer park and onwards to North Wotten before turning back towards Sherborne. We had lovely views over both the old castle ruins and the new castle. 

It was very muddy in parts, which is amazing to think of considering the very dry weather we have had over the past few weeks. The writer took a fair amount of ribbing over the mud (good natured I hope!). We ended up having a pleasant lunch at the garden centre. This was almost certainly the last time we have been able to sit down together in close proximity. “Zoom” is great but absolutely not the same!

We look forward to regathering as a group in the near future …whenever that might be.

Mike Beesley







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