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3 Counties Border Ride - Devon - Dorset - Somerset

Ride Report: Sunday 27th July 2008, Don Buteux

Glorious sunshine on this Sunday's car assisted ride, starting from Raymonds Hill, Lyme Regis. Seven of us at the start, making our way through the lanes and up the hills to Forde Abbey for our coffee and cake break. The Abbey appearing very tranquil, bathed in the morning sunlight in its attractive parkland setting.

Leaving Forde Abbey


Taking a break in the shade


From the Abbey we cycled through the Dorset country side, destination being West Bay for lunch, probably on the hottest Sunday this year, so the coolness of the trees and hedges was most welcomed.

West Bay coast looked very "Mediterranean", blue sea, blue skies, dramatic cliffs and sunburnt sunbathers, we sat on the harbour wall basking in the sunshine eating our sandwiches.

West Bay Panorama


We headed off again into the hills on route to Charmouth for the afternoon tea stop, if hill climbing is your speciality, I recommend Dorset. We stopped to visit the 1000 year old church at Canonicorum. Charmouth sea front was packed with cars, people, surfboards, long ice-cream queues, we managed to obtain teas, even Geoff and Sarah went for a quick swim.

The ride back to the start again proved hilly but rewarded with more superb views. Not particularly a high mileage day, but great company with John, Penny, Geoff, Sarah, Jill and our accredited photographer Kirby whose photos, hopefully accompany this report.

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