Mileaters - Wed 19th January 22

Smugglers to Holworth 1
Our walk started from The Smugglers Inn at Osmington Mills. We started with a fine drizzle but had a following wind as we set off Eastwards along the coast path. The weather gradually cleared affording fine views. We made a brief detour to view the site of an old wartime radar station, part of the southern defence system and top secret at the time! Now there is little to see apart from the brick base of the radar and an information board. We then headed up to the tiny but charming wooden church at  Holworth, the site of our first photograph from the graveyard and looking out over Burning Cliff (so named after subsidence in 1826  released tar which spontaneously combusted for several years). The church is notable for a beautiful altar window engraved by Simon Whistler, son of Laurence  who engraved the windows at Moreton.

Smugglers to Holworth 2
After this we climbed steadily to the top of the ridgeway and continue back westwards before starting our descent towards Ringstead. By now the cloud was lightening and patches of watery sunshine created some wonderful lighting of the sea over the bay. After a pretty woodland section and negotiating a stream, the sun came out and we had to have another photograph with the view this time looking West and on towards Portland. Arriving back at the Smugglers, all settled in for an excellent lunch in an otherwise quiet pub.

Rollo Clifford