Saturday, 2 February 2013

North Dorset on a sunny winter day.

A beautiful winters day today, we decided to "hang the washing" and get out and enjoy it. Starting at Dewlish we stopped for lunch in The Oak, a lovely independant Pub run by a delightful couple who made us very welcome. We chatted to them a bit as my husband's Father was born in Dewlish and spent his childhood there and they showed us some pictures on the wall of old Dewlish. A roaring fire and very good food. try it if you are out that way, it's well worth going through the back roads to find a pub like that.
From there we drove up through delightfully named villages, Melcome Bingham, Hazelbury Bryant, Holwell, Holnest, Caundle Bishop and many others and ended up in Shaftesbury. We had a wander round for an hour. If you see the next picture and you are English and of a certain age you will be humming the tune to the Hovis advert from many years ago when Gold Hill pretended to be somewhere in Yorkshire!

On the way home we passed loads of horses and riders, I rather think we just missed seeing the North Dorset Hunt or Blackmore Vale hunt in action again. We did have a rather close encounter with them at Holwell a few years ago! (See 21st February 2009 ) if you want to see video of that encounter!
Well, I think you have to make use of the few sunny days we get at the moment and get out there while you can.


Elizabethd said...

I do love the names of Dorset villages, completely unlike anywhere else.

Dartford Warbler said...

That sounds a lovely day out in North Dorset. It`s always good to find a traditional village pub.
Did you see recent TV film of people skiing down Gold Hill in Shaftesbury, after the snow?

Happyone said...

What a lovely day out you had. That looks like quite a steep hill and I know things don't look as steep as they really are.

Goosey said...

I didn't see the film of the skiing, great place to ski so long as its deep enough not to hit the cobbles!
It is a very steep hill Happyone, if you look to the right of the photo there is a rail to hang on to!