2013 RIDE REPORTS
SUNDAY 17TH MARCH 2013 "JULIA B(R)ADBURYS RING", HORTON, DORSET
OS Maps: Explorer (Orange) OL15 (Orange cover) Purbeck and South Dorset
Length of Ride: 27 miles
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Maximum height: 102 metres (Little Down)
Minimum height: 26 metres (River Allen crossing, Witchampton)
Height ascended: 469 metres
Pub: "Horton Inn", Horton
SUNDAY 17TH FEBRUARY 2013 "FRAGGLE ROCK ", ISLE OF PORTLAND, DORSET
Riders: 5 Roy George, Chris Gilbert-Norton, Steve King, Graham Seage, Christopher "Sutts" Sutton.
OS Maps: Explorer (Orange) OL15: Purbeck & South Dorset, Landranger (Pink) 194: Dorchester & Weymouth
Weather: 8 degrees, clear and sunny, brisk SE 17 mph wind.
Length of Ride: 21 miles
Actual riding time: 2 hours, 32 minutes
Maximum speed: 34 mph
Average speed: 4.8 mph
Minimum height: 1 metre (Causeway)
Maximum height: 133 metres (HM Prison, The Verne)
Height ascended: 944 metres
Pub: "The Cove House Inn", Fortuneswell
An early start meant that arrival time at the car park in Weymouth was a chilly affair. Predicted highs on the BBC forecast of 8 degrees were nowhere to be felt at 9am, so Sutts, Graham, Roy and Gilbey set off along the Rodwell Trailway, the old railway line towards Portland. We were following in the footsteps of the delectable Julia Bradbury who has done this Weymouth to Portland “Old railway Walk” on the BBC, and was repeated last week. Gilbey rode along the old platform flagstones at Rodwell and we stopped to admire the view across the bay of Dorsets “Rock of Gibraltar” looming out of the mist. A rather strong wind across the causeway made progress slow, so a quick breather at the Portland Marina. A Westland Lynx,in RN “Black Cats” display team colours, which is a former Portland “resident” from it’s days at HMS Osprey, the now defunct Royal Navy Air Station, on display outside the café at the marina, had Gilbey coming over all unnecessary. Pulling him off it required some force before the group headed up the steep slippery incline of the 1826 Merchants’ Railway, which defeated all of us and we ended up pushing!!!
We stopped at the top near the prison, to check out the Verne High Angle Batteries built in 1892, and luckily for Steve King we did, as he caught us up at this point. We then carried along to the “Goat Track”, opposite the borstal, Roy bleating more than the goats saying “I’m not doing the Goat Track, I’m not doing it, Nope, No way!!”
After negotiating the steep steps and the rocky section we emerged onto the old railway where we then proceeded beside Church Ope Cove to the iconic lighthouse. Roy, Sutts and Gilbey climbed up onto the top of Pulpit Rock for a windy grandstand view of Portland Bill, and then gingerly descended again trying to locate the foot holes carved into the rock.
We then climbed the grassy section up to the other lighthouse, and then gingerly picked our way along the coastal path, with the sheer drop to the sea on the left, this part of the ride is really not for the faint hearted. There were a couple of sections of the coastal path that had been barriered off due to landslips following the recent heavy rainfall. So we were diverted through a couple of the quarries that abound on Portland. Then it was an easy fast road descent, flinging clods of mud and grass, down to the pub, the "Cove House Inn" for a few beers served by three rather attractive young ladies, and some crisps, sat outside overlooking Chesil Beach in the warm sunshine. Afterwards a tailwind assisted dash back across the causeway to pick up the Rodwell Trailway again back to Weymouth.
SUNDAY 20TH JANUARY 2013 "SNOWBALL ", WORTH MATRAVERS, DORSET
Riders: 3 Roy George, Graham Seage, Christopher "Sutts" Sutton.
OS Maps: OS Explorer
Weather: cold and snowy!!!
Length of Ride: 12 miles
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Pub: "The Square & Compass", Worth Matravers