Saturday 21 September 2019
Expectaions for yet another fine sunny day were high as we set off from Dikes along the A357 heading towards Stock Park and King’s Stag. There was only a moderate breeze, yet unfortunately it was blowing from the SE which meant a head wind for the first half of the ride. My peloton consisted of 5 intrepid riders;
Martin, Alan, Ken (first half only, Caroline to complete) & Charlie. Earlier in the week I had an enjoyable ride checking out my proposed route, the weather again was excellent. We continued on through the ‘Piddles’ and on through Puddletown where we forked left onto Milom Lane heading towards Tincelton.
At his point we crossed a small stone bridge over the River Frome, which basically was a marker for the rest of our ride to Wareham as our route followed the river all the way through to the Quay side in Wareham. Moreton was our next village of interest, for me, it usually is the Tea Rooms that I visit here, although I guess the burial place of Lawrence of Arabia and the etched windows in the village church create the main interest. The villages of Wool & Stoborough completed our route to our lunch stop at Wareham Quay where we refuelled and watered at ‘The Quay Inn’. Caroline joined us for lunch , unfortunately she was unable to join us for the remainder of the ride.
The retun route North from Wareham headed towards Moreton & through Sturminster Marshall and on to Blandford where we stopped for refreshments at the Co Op Café; we said our goodbyes to Alan here as he decided to continue without stopping.
Completing the ride we cycled on along the North Dorset Trailway to Shillingstone, Manston and finally Stalbridge. I developed a slow annoying puncture in my rear wheel along the trailway, yet was able to limp home with the help of Charlie’s pump.
The stats for the route starting from Stalbridge was: – distance: 110k(68 miles); Ascent: 887m; Riding time: 4hrs 59 mins.