Dorset

Present: Bob (organiser), Rhoda, Annie, Julie & sprogs (Tom, Ed, Amy)

Despite a report of extremely poor weather conditions before this trip, which seemed to put many people off, the faithful were indeed rewarded!

Friday saw all of three people meet at Tom’s Field. The evening weather was calm and warm for April but we opted for an Indian meal nearby as it was soon dark after we had put the tents up.

Saturday РThe smooth guide was employed early that day, so that Annie and Rhoda who walked from the campsite east toward Swanage managed to meet up with all other parties at the caf̩ at Durlston Head at the same time from three different directions! The main activity of the day was pleasant coastal and sea cliff walking. The gorse was in full petal, scenting the air with its coconut-like smell; the mud was also in full petal sticking like glue. The team went sea bird spotting at one great viewpoint, spotting gannets, guillemots and a peregrine. We also saw one of the first swifts of the year arriving at the mainland.


Circumnavigating the Globe at Swanage. (Julie)

The descent into Corfe (a child could do it). (Julie)

Later on Bob made a huge meal, managing to use up an entirely new canister of gas to create ‘Chilli con Carne a la Bob’. Luckily for him it was delicious. The ‘Julies’ opted for ‘fish and chips al fresco’ using an array of camp seating equipment including booster seats and skateboards!

On Sunday lovely weather forced a ridge walk with lovely views of Poole harbour. We walked toward Corfe with time for a quick look at Corfe’s distorted Castle and then a good pub lunch was eaten by all. We took a steam train ride back to where we started from and only then did a small shower put an end to any thought of climbing. The sun did come out again before we left for home though. Great company made it a great first camping trip of the year.

Julie Carlisle, Rhoda Bashford

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