Compton Abbas, then Studland for lunch
All in all, a lovely ride out across Dorset, enjoyed by all. It was noted by the guys that attended for their first DWDAM ride-out, that it was not as they had anticipated. There had been an expectation of "formality" and "Formation Riding"; this was not the case!
A beautiful morning greeted us, if a tad chilly, when we gathered for the ride out. This ride out was intended to be a bit different, with an opportunity to introduce riders to group riding. Thirteen riders rode out today, including Ron Harrington and pillion Sue Patient.
The group, including Eoin Scott, Steve Kershaw and Tony Warner, who had not taken part in DWDAM group ride before, were briefed on the drop-off system and group riding safety, before being chatted through the route. Both Geoff Brazier and Phil Maeer volunteered to ride as Tail, but Phil got the job as he volunteered first.
The first leg was to Compton Abbas airfield, via the top Sherborne road, before turning right at the top of Revells Hill onto the B4143 through Duntish, Pulham, Kings Stag, before turning right at Stock Gaylard onto A3030. At the T Junction with A357, we headed towards Sturminster Newton, turning left at the bridge Traffic Lights along the B3092 through Sturminster and on through Hinton St Mary, Marnhull, Stour Provost and on to the cross roads at East Stour.
Then we headed towards Shaftesbury on the A30, before heading south towards Blandford along the A350, and after a short stint on the A30, we continued through Melbury Abbas, up Spreadeagle hill, and left to Comptom Abbas Airfield, where Nick Heape joined us after a morning rowing.
After a coffee break and watching aircraft take-off and land, we departed South along the Higher Shaftesbury Road to Blandford, then onto the B3082 through Tarrent Keynston and on to Wimborne, right at the Green Man pub before joining the very busy A31. After 4 miles, we headed South again just before Worlds End Pub, through Morden and then onto B3075 into Sandford, before turning right, moving around Wareham before joining the rest of the holiday traffic heading towards Corfe and Swanage. After a fair bit of filtering, we turned left at Corfe Castle towards Studland, arriving at the Bankes Arms for lunch, slightly behind schedule due to the traffic.
We departed Bankes Arms at 15:00, back along the B3351 Corfe Road, turning left on the Ulwell Road towards, but bypassing Swanage. On the A351 North, we then went left on the B3069 towards Kingston before dropping off the hill to join the A351 once again, through Corfe and turning left along the Kimmeridge Road, rolling past Tyneham, enjoying the fantastic views across Dorset in the afternoon sunshine. Down through Lulworth, past Durdle Door and onto the A352 back to Dorchester arriving 16:00.
After a quick chat, Geoff Brazier handed out some leaflets reminding all about the Dougie Miners lectures, 12/19/26 April the George Albert Hotel, Clay Pigeon. See the Website or Facebook for more details.
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