Write up on latest ride out
To Darts Farm Village led by Geoff Brazier article by Brian Purnell
Eleven DWDAM members plus one pillion and one BWAM guest, thirteen in total, met at the Top of Town car park, Dorchester with aim of arriving at Darts Farm
in time for a brunch breakfast to be followed by some pre Christmas browsing around the shop.
Darts Farm is the home of West Country food and drink and beautifully crafted, luxury gift, home and lifestyle products. Geoff Brazier, Membership Secretary, was the ride leader and after Geoff's safety brief, we headed off at around 9.40am. Our initial route was out of Dorchester towards Monkey Jump and the A35 to Bridport, then on to Lyme Regis and the A3052 to Clyst St Mary. Despite dense fog and visibility down to hundred yards at times, we made steady progress along the Jurassic Coast. On arrival at Lyme Regis, the group briefly pulled into a car park on the outskirts of the town to enable two new Group members to join the ride out. John and Sue Hodgetts, previously members of Cheddar Valley Advanced Motorcyclists, recently moved to Lyme Regis. Welcome John & Sue - it was nice to have you along. After a ten minute stop, we were on our way again and eventually Clyst St Mary and then, Darts Farm.
Once parked up, we headed for the restaurant. Despite being very busy with pre Christmas shoppers, everyone was soon sat down for a hearty brunch breakfast. Having been suitably replenished, some members decided to return home early whilst the rest of use looked for something nice to take home - with mixed success. No visit to Darts Farm is considered complete without a browse around the shop which was full of festive goodies. There is so much to see and buy at Darts Farm and you could easily spend well over half a day there.
By about 1pm some of the members felt they had seen enough and began to make their way back home independently along the more direct A35 route to Dorset. Fog still prevailed for a while but once back into Dorset, the sun came out with blue skies in abundance. It was a lovely, progressive ride home. All in all, an enjoyable ride out despite the thick fog - 120 miles door to door. Many thanks to Geoff Brazier for leading the ride.