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Dorset Coastal Walk – Winspit to Old Harry Rocks (Part 2)

Saturday 18th July 2015

Continuing from the tail-end of Part 1, where I’d arrived at Durlston Head on the south-east corner of the SWCP, preparing to follow the coastline north and in to Swanage.

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Dorset Coastal Walk – Winspit to Old Harry Rocks (Part 1)

Saturday 18th July 2015

It’s now been more than a week since my most recent trip down to Dorset. As the weather has changed quite significantly, I thought it might be a good time to begin retracing my most latest steps along the South West Coast Path.

In this, Part 1; I follow the SWCP from Winspit east to Durlston Head, which is close to the halfway mark on my walk.

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A Priddy Wet Walk

Sunday 26th July 2015

In spite of the rain that continued to fall throughout most of yesterday, I managed to attend and lead my third walk of the year.

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Taken from the viewpoint at Ebbor Gorge.

This means that, as far as the walk-leading rewards scheme goes, I’m guaranteed a £10 voucher, just in time for Christmas!

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Carrot Cake Muffins

As I discovered a few months ago, I really like carrot cake. I forget the occasion as to why I made these (other than the fact that I was feeling greedy) but I was able to share them around with a few people and there was nothing bad to say.

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You can find the recipe in Sarah Flower’s Halogen Oven book on baking.

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Fat-Less Sponge Cake

My mum’s birthday was approaching recently and I’d decided that, for the second year running, I wanted to bake her a cake. Conscious of the fact that not everyone likes to eat as much cake as I do, I decided to try a fat-less sponge cake recipe from Sarah Flower’s book for the Halogen Oven.

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Wellow and the Long Barrow

Saturday 11th July 2015

Climbing out of bed around five-minutes later than intended, my goal remained to arrive in Bristol in time for a group-led walk around the Brecon Beacons… But the meeting point was in Clifton; an area I, for some reason, struggle to arrive at in time. This walk was no exception to that unwritten rule and so, arriving a good ten-minutes after others had supposedly departed, I was on my way home again, filling my head with negative and self-critical thoughts.

Somehow that morning, I managed to revolve my thinking in to a plan of action to set out on an afternoon walk that would most likely see me returning home a little late for my evening meal, but still safely ahead of nightfall. That’s when I settled upon a walk I’d drawn up weeks earlier, beginning in the village of Wellow (a few miles south of Bath), with by far the biggest attraction being the chance to finally visit Stoney Littleton Long Barrow along the way. Read more of this post

Dunster Castle

Sunday 21st June 2015

On the return from my visit to Arlington Court, the day after completing half the Exmoor Perambulation; I decided to stop off at Dunster Castle, which was another National Trust property I was almost certain to pass on the long drive home.

I’d intended to make this stop all along; I only hadn’t anticipated to have spent so much time in Barnstaple. From there, West Somerset’s medieval village of Dunster was still a good hour away, yet only have that distance from the camp site I’d vacated in the morning.

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Dorset 2015 Preview

Having just returned from a fresh weekend in Dorset, I’m excited by the prospect of all I have to write about and share.

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But as I don’t currently have the time to do it right now (not to mention the incredible number of photos be sifted through), I’ll leave you with a visual preview in this post. There are also a couple of other topics I need to complete before I can begin to write about Dorset.

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