Title: Exploring the Quiet Lanes and Villages of West Dorset
Author: Jackie Winter
Publication date: 14 Nov 2019
Format: 234 x 156 mm
Number of pages: 136 pp
quiet lanes of West Dorset are made for exploring (by two wheels or four). Away from hectic
tourist routes, the old villages and gently rolling countryside entice
you to linger awhile and admire the view.
Despite never having learned to ride a bike, Jackie has spent the last four decades cycling around Dorset on the back of a tandem. She and husband Allan take their time, chatting to locals who often have a story to tell. In this book they share their discoveries and fascinating snippets about Dorset that can’t be found in a guidebook or on Google.
Try their circular rides for yourself by cycle, follow them by car or motorbike, or simply enjoy reading about their exploits from the comfort of your armchair. Whichever you choose you are certain to be inspired and entertained, while learning something new about West Dorset.
Map of the area
Route 1 – Thorncombe
Route 2 – Beaminster
Route 3 – Powerstock
Route 4 – Portesham
Route 5 – Maiden Newton
Route 6 – Evershot
Route 7 – Cerne Abbas
Route 8 – Puddletown
Route 9 – Moreton
EXTRACT FROM THE BOOK
Route 1 – Thorncombe
(visiting Hawkchurch, Wootton Fitzpaine, Catherston Leweston, Charmouth, Whitchurch Canonicorum and Pilsdon)
Distance: 24 miles (39 km)
Hills: 650 m elevation change, three significant hills
OS map: Explorer 116
Brief description: Passing through beech woods, popular with foragers, at the Jurassic coast we linger to enjoy the views. We pay our respects at a shrine to a local saint. Passing a Jacobean manor house, home to a community of people who help those in trouble, we are treated to views over the Marshwood Vale and of Dorset’s highest hills.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jackie Winter was born in Dorset and has lived in Winterborne Zelston, near Blandford, since 1981. She spent her working life in Dorset County Libraries, and in 2016 published Lipsticks and Library Books: The Story of Boots Booklovers Library. She has always enjoyed writing (short stories, articles and books) and has been successful in several writing competitions, once winning first prize of £1000. She has cycled the Dorset lanes with her husband Allan for more than 40 years and in 2014 published Life in Tandem: Tales of Cycling Travels. It would be fair to say that if she’s not out cycling, she’s probably writing about it.
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