This was a weekend trip to Dorset. We stayed with local rider Nikala.
Saturday 29th Oct – Isle of Purbeck
We met up at the Sandbanks Ferry for 10am. This chain ferry crosses the entrance of Poole harbour straight onto the Isle of Purbeck. It isn’t a real island, it’s part of the mainland, though it has water on three sides (Ferry spotter info). Our guides were the Dorest Rough Riders (famed for their pink shirts and the motto “we like it rough”).
We were taken on a classic route via Corfe Castle including the Dragon’s bakery, Brenscombe hill, the cliffs at Ballard point and then to the Bankes Arms at Studland. After the beer stop we revisited the best part of the ride – the golf course section down to Frank’s tank. We were down to one rough rider by now – the others had peeled off at various stages or opted to go straight to the pub in Poole, The Goods Yard. We called in there on the way home.
We did 27 miles all in – maps.
Sunday 30th October – Blandford Forest
Nikala took us on this route round local woods. We stopped for tea at the UK Bike Park which just so happens to be on the highest point of the route.
We had a quick ride round the upper track, Gary had an unscheduled lie down after a jump and then we worked our way back to Blandford past Bryanston School, the Winterbourne Stickland sign and the Badger Brewery.
We covered 17 miles but it felt like more due to the heavy mud on a lot of the paths.