Sunday 26th May – Lost in Lytchett, Tarrants and Winterbornes

At last real hints of summer, a glorious sunny morning, rising temperature and a warm breeze. Perfect. So a circuit around Blandford to have views of the yellow rape-seed carpets at their finest.

Car for Tom, Pete T and Lindsay to park up at Winterborne Kingston. First stage, trying to find a way to Sturminster Marshall without using the A31 went wrong but with happy consequences. Over twelve years’ of Dorset Cycling, but Tom and Lindsay are still amazed to find new pastures perfect for cycling; so the area south of the A31 to Lythchett Matravers was a pleasure to find, good cycling lanes.

Eventually a bit of map work led to Sturminster Marshall with 12 mile clocked up (should have been three, I blame having to use TWO maps at the same time), to see the Stour at its finest. Back on course and it was through Shapwick following the NCR 25, north westerly through T Crawford to T Keyneston for breakfast in the garden of The True Lovers Knot.

A quick distance and time check necessitated a change of plan, so it was on through T Rushton then west to Blandford, coming in on the A3082. No problems through the town centre and out on the NCR 41 towards Winterborne Stickland, and a chat with one of the scores of MAMILs out today. Well it was warm and sunny.

Finally time-trail mode gently downhill through the Winterbornes of Clenston, Whatcombe, Whitechurch and back to W Kingston.

34 miles a cracking ride (weather helped), worth writing up route for publication and returning soon.

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