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Dorset's Delicious Bits | Early Spring Walks

anemone

 … my first anemone flower of the year …

With the clocks soon to go forward and as the days get longer, it really is making me believe that we are shaking off the winter and heading full on into spring. However, it isn’t really spring yet and I need to be careful not to get too ahead of myself. (I remember one year, in early April, deciding that as Breton striped t-shirts were everywhere in the shops, it must be spring-almost-summer. I spent a whole week without socks, walking around in short-sleeved t-shirts before admitting that it was actually about 9 degrees and I possibly had the start of flu).

So although it may be time to go out and explore the countryside, I can’t expect to see bluebells and wild garlic dotting the woodland paths just yet. That, I can save for a few weeks (try months) time.

I thought that in the interim, before the true spring loveliness is upon us, I would give you a quick summary of a few great places for a walk whatever the weather…

Badbury Rings – the Iron Age hill fort that is perfect for a walk to blow away the cobwebs.

Lulworth Cove Coastal Path to Durdle Door – if you click the link, there is some great information here from Walking Britain. Although, where they write about ‘some’ uphill walking… if you’re anything like me, you’ll need to stop regularly along the way to … look at the view and drink some tea… 

Okeford Fitzpaine and Belchalwell – this lovely feature from Dorset Magazine gives you step-by-step directions to this 3-hour walk. You’ll encounter some beautiful countryside and be able to give the dog a pretty good workout.

Cerne Abbas – a great website called ‘Walks for Softies’, lists some not-too-strenuous walks around the Giant, with accompanying historical facts. Who doesn’t love a historical fact?

If you have any other suggestions for some wonderful weekend walks… please let me know. Have a lovely weekend and don’t forget to pack lots of snacks if you’re venturing out into the Dorset wilderness! x

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