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Fourth Annual BournemouthTrip

6th to 8th April 2018

This years trip was the fourth time at the Dean Park Inn in Bournemouth and we were pleased to say that had held their prices once again. I think they are well aware that what they lose on room rates they gain on bar takings!

 

This year was the first that we did not have a full house and there were only six takers for the weekend. Unfortunately Terry and Liz had to cry off as Liz was ill and we all thought of her and wished her better soon.

 

Every year Rita and I create a unique run through the Dorset country side and look forward to welcoming our friends from "up north".

 

 

This year was special as the Friday was my birthday and it was good to share it with old friends. On arrival we were welcomed by Maggie and her team. I believe they they really like us go as the welcome was both genuine and warm.

Paul and Geoff were staying extra nights and were already there when we checked in to the accomodation. We were soon joined by Laurence and Jane and Tim and Lou. After unpacking, the bar was full of our chat and old memories revisited. All too soon it was time for our evening meal which was enjoyed by all

 

After a hearty breakfast we all set for the run which was about 90 miles through some lovely Dorset countryside starting and finishing from the hotel. Paul led off closely followed by Geoff and Laurence. Tim was last away closely followed by Rita and I.

Within eight miles we saw Tim swanning off ahead when he should have turned left - not his record for getting lost but close. We rang only to get answer phone and waited in vain for ten minutes but at that time we decided to carry on with run which was one we had used last year for the Bournemouth Club where 45 cars all completed it without issue.

The run passed near Badbury rings and on through Shapwick and passing near the long drive down Bulbarrow escarpment with its stunning views. Unfortunately the views were still good but a little misty. From there on towards Child Okeford and the quaint village of Stourpaine. We even managed to get Laurence past the Hall and Woodhouse brewery with out his stopping. The route itself was studded with thatched cottages and flanked by primroses and daffodills.

 

Eventually Rita and I approached the True Lovers Knot where we had booked for a light lunch. We had a bet as to how many were already there. Rita said all four! As we entered the car park we were the first and we knew we had not gone wrong.

 

First to arrive were Tim and Lou who we lost sight of fourty miles ago. At least we know where they had gone wrong.

 

 

Lawrence and Jane were next in after creating their own version of the route which entailed crossing flooded fords and going down dirt tracks. Geoff and Mandy werent lost. they just stopped off for coffee. That left Paul. After contacting him he said he had retraced his steps four times and given up.

 

 

 

We all had a light lunch and set off on the second stage through Moor Critchel and Gussage All Saints which were really picturesque villages.

 

Before we left we had agreed we would all go on to Mudeford Quay where there a fresh fish stall and views over Christchurch Harbour. Suitably filled with Ice cream and cockles we made our weary but happy way back to the hotel

 

Our final meal was one Maggie had prepared for us at our request - Pork chops. They were delicious and a couple of us said they were among the best they had tasted for a long while. More chat and then ready for bed before our final breakfast

 

Thanks for those that came, it is special for us to maintain links with club.

 

We hope Liz gets better soon

 

 

Rita and Adrian

 

 

 

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