Somerset & Devon Countryside led by Brian Purnell
Eight DWDAM members, two with pillions as well as Neil's poodle Bob, met at Top of Town car park, Dorchester, at 9.30am for a 10am start with aim of arriving at the Lobster Pot Restaurant, Portland Bill just after one pm for a well earned, truly wonderful fresh Portland crab sandwich.
After the threat of some early morning rain, the sun eventually came out and stayed with us for the rest of the ride and the day. The route was via the A352 through the Cerne Valley until we turned left just before Lyon's Gate for Leigh, Yetminster, Ryme Intrinesca (what a lovley name for a village) and the A37 where we turned right in the direction of Yeovil. What beautiful scenery through this section of the ride along with some equally lovely thatched cottages and villages. Once on the A37 we headed for the East Coker junction which is just over the railway bridge. This took us down to Sutton Bingham Reservoir then we were on our way and on through Halstock, Corscombe and on to the A356 Crewkerne road where we turned right and headed towards South Perrott and Misterton.
Once through Misterton and the 20 mph zone, we turned left just before Crewkerne railway station and headed for the B3165 road to the A35 at Raymonds Hill via Clapton and Marshwood. This is a really good road now since the section after Marshwood was resurfaced last year. Once through Marshwood, you have a lovely ride through a dark canopy made up of trees on either side. Once onto the A35 we headed for Bridport and for the first time on the ride, picked up holiday traffic – ugh! As we headed down the A35, past Charmouth, we took a left onto the B3162 and headed towards Bridport for a comfort stop and then headed back onto the B3162 and rode north towards Salwayash and Broadwindsor. Then Beaminster the B3163 then the A356 Crewkerne road for Maiden Newton. Then a wiggly, waggly route to Portland Bill.
Apart from the motorist who decided at the last minute, without carrying out rear observation it would seem, to indicate a right to turn into a garage for fuel at Maiden Newton only to discover it was closed it was without incidents and a really enjoyable ride which took us through some lovely villages, splendid scenery, a variety of roads, little holiday traffic and the odd roads that were quite narrow in places with the occasional obligatory pinch point. (Does your low and main beam observation skills the power of good though!)
A round trip of just over one hundred miles taking a number of the riders on roads they have not ridden before. Wonderful ! As were the crab sandwiches !