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Sunday, 22 December 2013

Dorset Miles:No Gifts


Bear Cross, Longham, Ham Lane, Canford Bottom, Broom Hill, God’s Blessing Green, Holt & Horton, a good pace, clear blue skies, wind on our backs and last night’s heavy rain just something to talk about. Haythorne, Woodlands, Edmondsham and over to Sixpenny Handley, eleven of us left Bear Cross, nine start the climb from Tollard Royal, six reach the summit of Win Green, the highest point in Dorset (It would be, were it not just over the border in Wiltshire). Lines on a map, responsible for such a lot! A loop down to Charlton, the A30, Cann Common and Zig Zag hill. (Back in Dorset now). It takes us 10 minutes to regain the height it took us 2 minutes to lose and we are back at the top in Wiltshire. A quick blast all the way to the Horton Inn, briefly on the main road then left to Didlington, the narrow lane is plastered with mud and leaves and the climb up to Chalbury is a little bugger! A glance in the direction of Horton Tower, then on to Gaunts and Pig Oak. The Stocks Inn at Furzehill always looks inviting. They used to put bowls of hot roast potatoes on the bar in Winters past, they may still do but we cannot confirm, Deans Grove, Wimborne and a parting of the ways. Back along Ham Lane and four become two. Hurn Airport, then left to the Avon Causeway, despite being just two miles from home we head to Sopley for a bit “Extra”, 4 hrs. 25 looks better in the training diary than 3hrs 45, we all know that. Good condition will be found beneath no Christmas tree, it is a gift to yourself, sourced yourself, earn’t yourself. Let us hope it lasts longer than those socks from your Nan!

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