Ride Report – Hartgrove to Spietesbury

Saturday 20 July 2019

16 people turned up at Hartgrove Farm where Jackie and I are house sitting. The forecast all week had been for wet weather but although it was dry we didn’t think it was quite warm enough to sit outside. So we all piled into the conservatory and tucked into Jackie’s home made cakes tea and coffee. 11 riders set off at 10.45 down the hill towards Bedchester where we turned right and made our way onto the A350 for a short distance before turning into Iwerne Minster and the long drag up the hill to the top road. Lorraine turned back half way up the hill and arranged to meet us at the lunch stop. So we were down to 10 at the top. Straight across and a fast descent to Tarrant Gunville. By now the weather was beautiful and made for a lovely ride through the Tarrant Valley as far as Tarrant Keyneston where we turned onto the busy B3082 towards Badbury Rings and then right onto the nice straight Roman road to Shapwick. Then right and left to the main A350 Blandford road. Straight across and onto the trailway, that runs parallel to the main road, as far as Spetisbury school and drop off back to the main road and straight across to Clapcotts Farm and Marcia’s Café which was our lunch stop. Caroline, who was taking over from Ken, and Lorraine were already there so we all ordered and sat outside on the picnic benches as the weather was so good. The food took a while to come but was all made to order with generous portions and very reasonable prices. Suitably refreshed we went back to the trailway and turned towards Blandford. The trailway ends about 100 yards from the roundabout on the A350 where we went straight across towards Blandford and then left opposite the brewery and up through Bryanston School grounds and out to the A357. Instead of going on the trailway we went down the main A357 as it was virtually traffic free due to the Durweston bridge closure. At Shillingstone we turned right to Child Okeford where Paul left us for home and the rest of us, minus Caroline who had an appointment with some plants and Mary who had to go and pack as she was leaving on holiday in a couple of hours, headed back to Hartgrove farm for more tea and cakes.  A shortish ride at 38 miles with no incidents apart from being shouted at by an irate woman that there were too many of us even though she was going in the opposite direction!!! Unexpected good weather and beautiful scenery. Thanks to everyone who came

Martin Fortis


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