The £59 Sat Nav with a 4.5″ colour screen

The Nokia 1 smartphone Sat Nav

Having spent a ridiculous amount of money over the years on several incarnations of the Apple iPhone, I finally decided enough was enough. I had purchased an iPad, which has a great screen and plenty of processing power, and I now decided that duplicating so much of its functionality – by buying another iPhone – was just plain stupid.

Therefore, when my 24-month contract for my last iPhone finished, I switched to a SIM-only 15GB/month phone contract, and opted for a bargain basement smartphone, buying a SIM-free Nokia 1. This cheap marvel is now my bargain basement cycling sat nav (and a serviceable enough phone on the side).

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Around the Purbecks (Dorset)

This 46-mile day tour is recommended by Jack Thurston, in his cycling guide ‘Lost Lanes West‘. It is the second tour from the book that I have ridden (I described my first – Hardy’s Hills – in an earlier post). The Dorset coast is a varied landscape, combining geologically-stressed rockforms with green valleys full of pastoral activity.

This tour of the Purbecks takes the up-and-over approach to a number of steep-sided hills, with one notable elevated section – Povington Hill – offering extensive views of the ‘Jurassic’ coastline, from Poole Harbour in the east to Portland and Chesil beach in the west.

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