Slush fund.

So I’m back in Dorset for xmas which sounded like a great excuse for a good bike ride. I hadn’t been out at home in Leeds for a while due sickness and general letharghy so I really needed this.

I’d brought the Tricross armed with ‘knobblies’ so I picked a part road/part track route which was challenging at times but great fun. To be honest most of the challenge was due to the ice and snow here having been compacted and then melted and refrozen. This created some pretty crazy bumpy ice formations to ride over and some areas of sheet ice which gave a fair few ‘tight bum’ moments. Add to that the non-iced bits of track which were covered in slush and water and I got pretty wet and muddy too at times.

My route took me down through Wareham forest to Wareham itself, then on to Corfe Castle. From there I looped across Rempstone and Newton Heath on the bike trail to Studland and then crossed over to Poole on the chain ferry. After a short detour to check out how busy the beach was it was up over ‘evening’ hill, round the harbour edge to the Quay and then time to head for home via the cycle path to Upton Country park, Upton, Lytchett Minster and the hill that used to form my cycle home from school the few times I rode there. I did wonder how the ‘dreaded’ hill up Huntick Road was going to be and actually it appears that now I’m an adult it’s pretty easy!

The photos:

Corfe Castle
Brownsea Island, Poole Harbour
The start of the beach at Studland from the chain ferry.
The view from the top deck.
Chain ferry from the Sandbanks (Poole) side.
Beach at Sandbanks
Lots of kite surfers about.
That way to Bournemouth.
Route 51km (30 miles) so only short really.

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