An 0930 meet at the Top of Town Car Park, for the route brief before four riders set off. We were aiming for Clavell's Restaurant, Kimmeridge. The four riders threaded their way through Dorchester and headed out towards Broadmayne. There was a fair bit of traffic, and shortly before Broadmayne, we stopped to regroup. Following Broadmayne, the ride continued out heading towards Wool, turning right at the Red Lion Pub, and with stunning views over the sea we descended into Lulworth.
Out of Lulworth, we headed up over the ranges, with clear views over Dorset and the sea from the ridgeway, before the group headed into Kimmeridge and Clavell’s Restaurant for breakfast, where we enjoyed what was, without doubt, the best bacon butties ever!
Back out of Kimmeridge, the group headed over to Corfe Castle, and with the narrow lanes behind us, we managed to stretch our legs on the A351 towards Wareham.
After Wareham we continued towards Poole, turning left at Sandford through the Wareham forest. Taking a left at the junction with the A35, we continued to Bere Regis, continuing along the A31, turning left through Winterbourne Kingston and left onto the A354 through Winterbourne Whitchurch and down to Puddletown.
Left through Puddletown and Tolpuddle and onto the B3390 south via Affpuddle to our destination, the Frampton Arms.
It was a chilly day, and following a most enjoyable ride through Dorset, the warmth of the Log Burner in the skittle alley was very welcome. We were joined by another 3 riders who had made their own way there, including Andy Burton. Also joined briefly by Linda Ashmore on 2 wheels without an engine. Finally the skittles group was joined by Mike Groves on 4 wheels.
Lunch and skittles ensued! Andy was a dab hand at skittles. We all enjoyed a bite of lunch with warm cups of tea and a chat before heading back independently.
Test Pass - Shane Hann
Congratulations to Shane Hann who passed his IAM RoadSmart Advanced Riding Test Sunday 10 February 2019 with a F1RST Pass. Well done also to Local Observer Graham Pinney and National Observer Kelvin Latham who carried out the Pre-Test Ride Check.
Test Pass - Hunter Fagan
Our first @IAMRoadsmart Advanced Rider Course Test Pass for 2019. Congrats to Hunter Fagan and newly qualified @DWDAM_News observer @Waveringwafu on guiding his first associate to full membership.
Three Passes in One Day - Robin Hill
Another @IAMRoadsmart Advanced Rider Course Test Pass for 2018! Congrats to Robin Hill, the third DWDAM Pass of the day. Kelvin Latham was his @DWDAM_News observerand and conducted his pre-test ride.