The Thrill of the Chase (Dorset): Inbound

Jack Thurston’s Lost Lanes West cycling guide describes a 65-mile tour starting and finishing at the railway station in Gillingham, Dorset. I adapted the tour to create a two-day 80-miler, starting and finishing where I live.

This blog post focuses on the second day, inbound from Gillingham. The first day is covered here.

The road out of Gillingham, heading east in early morning haze
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The Thrill of the Chase (Dorset): Outbound

Jack Thurston’s Lost Lanes West cycling guide describes a 65-mile tour starting and finishing at the railway station in Gillingham, Dorset. This tour takes in Cranborne Chase, Blandford Forum, the Stour valley and Shaftesbury (including the iconic Gold Hill, of Hovis advert fame).

Witchampton, which is the furthest point on the tour from Gillingham, is only about eight miles from where I live, so I decided to be a little creative: I split the tour in two days, starting it and finishing it at home, and making Gillingham an overnight stop. In planning it this way, it turned out that each day would be – purely by coincidence – a very manageable 40 miles (i.e. with time for stopping, pottering, and brewing drinks on a new stove, which I was planning to ‘field test’).

This blog post focuses on the first day, outbound to Gillingham. The second day is covered here.

Joining The Thrill of the Chase route at Witchampton, heading west towards Blandford Forum
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