The fourth, and hopefully the last, of our “Rule of 6” runs. The Jeff Clew Run, in 2 weeks time, is the first of the “Rule of 30” runs.
Despite the somewhat poor weather, another successful run by all accounts. Again, like the last run, some serious mileages clocked up in the some of the groups below. If there was a prize, I’d award to Andy Grew’s Sparkford Group; what a great idea to have a “themed” run to visit all the Red Signs in Dorset.
Individual reports and photos below in alphabetical order by start location:
Compton Abbas Group
Report from Andrew Rae, the group leader:
A brief synopsis of todays outing , ComptonAbbas airfield well early for a 11pm planned departure, promptly joined by Ken Druce ( Yamaha XTZ 750 of 1991 vintage ) then (not necessarily in order) Phil Allen (Honda CB500 1993) and Paul Meredith (Sunbeam S8 1952) Dave Boon (BMW ST 998cc outfit 1984) and finally Will Collard ( Triumph T120 Bonneville ) Alison Collard wisely looked at the weather and thought you must be joking!. On time departure at 11am along the Chalke Valley to Coombe Bisset then onwards to Downton for a leg stretch and Coffee, curiously dry roads but wet visors, mislaid 50% of contingent at Coombe Bisset but recovered promptly. After refreshment onwards into the New Forest ( preferred the old one) the acute turn back to Fordingbridge and Cranborne to stop at garden center for lunch, chosen for better weather protection than at the Horton Inn. At this point all the worlds problems were put to rights and we dispersed in various directions to go home. The good news is that we saw plenty of hedgerows and unlike our last outing plenty of bluebells. Roll on the next run.
Report from Ray Dickinson, the group leader:
Another good ride nice to meet up with club members. We had a scenic ride past Stour Head through the Deverells on to Sutton Veny were we joined the Wiltshire Cycleway stopping at the Ginger Pig for coffee and cake. Maybe we stayed too long but the sun was out and the company was good! Then went on to Wilton turning back through Barford along the B3089 turning through the park gates at Fonthill Bishop past the lake on to Semley and back into Shaftesbury for a late lunch at the Virginia Ash. Varied selection of bikes, no problems and didn’t lose anybody this time! We had an ex member come to the start and follow us some of the way and talk of possibly joining again. Gabby came along to the start to wish us well, hope to see him out on a bike in the near future.
King’s Stag Group
Report from Paul Wirdnam, the group leader:
The newly opened Coffee Shop at King’s Stag is proving to be popular with everyone. Ken Druce and I bumped into Rod and Carol Hann there on Friday and here we are again starting my group from this convenient location.
Even before the run, we had one mishap. Young Ryan lost his Velocette’s battery on the way from Yeovil to the start and didn’t notice a thing until he got to King’s Stag; thank goodness for magnetos! The only other mishap was the weather; we ran into a small amount of light drizzle for about 5 miles, but hey, it was still a great run.
We headed off to another newly discovered café in the Purbecks near Corfe Castle, where cake was eaten by all. I’m not sure why I always seem to do what our Chairman says: “Hey Secretary, go stand by that cake sign and stick your belly out!”. At this café, we bumped into Steve from the South Dorset Section who was out checking places for their upcoming Weymouth Week, and this morning Steve signed up to our email distribution list. He must have liked us! Welcome Steve!
From here we headed north and ended the run at the Compton Abbas Airfield. Run was 52 miles but 70 by the time I got home.
Report from Andy Grew, the group leader:
The ‘Sparkford’ group didn’t actually go to Sparkford today as we were on a mission. The run was planned to visit all four red sign posts, so we started from The Trading Post at Warden Hill. If you are in the area we recommend the café as the staff are very helpful and the cream teas excellent.
It was a bit of a BMW owners club outing today with a R100CS, R80 and R100 Trike, also a Ducati Monster and Laverda RGS 1000 – no Brits today! Everybody was on message as there were 4 red bikes!
So onto the first post at Benville Bridge then the post at Hewood, near South Chard, via Beaminster and Broadwinsor. Then lunch at a pleasantly sunny West Bay.
We then main roaded it to the next post at Bere Regis then onto the last post at Corten Denham, via Piddle Hinton, Glanvilles Wooton and Sherbourne.
Excellent run with weather better than expected and fantastic displays of bluebells – shame it wasn’t the bluebell run.
The run was about 110 miles, I did about 130 in all – first chance for the Laverda to stretch its legs.
Udder Farm Shop Group
Report from Bernard Jones, the group leader:
Another good run, couple of glitches, principally my translating google map data onto my route sheet. Fortunately reference to the OS map, soon had us out of trouble. The lunch stop at Priddy in the Mendips at the Hunter Lodge Inn, If you have never been there, it’s a must visit location. I don’t think it has changed for 100 years. Beer barrels on stillage behind the bar, excellent quality beer. No fancy food, ham or cheese roll for £2. And cash only. Quite busy, serving at picnic benches in the pub garden, luckily the weather was fine, both during lunch and on the run.