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Cycling from Yeovil to Bournemouth – The Return

With Sarah finishing her work in Yeovil today it was time to move on and return to Bournemouth. I chose a different route for the journey back than from my journey up to Yeovil however.

So it was on an overcast but thankfully warm morning that I left Penn Mill and set off in the direction of Sherborne.

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I turned off the main road and hadn’t got very far when my Garmin showed a steep hill. Not only that but the road in front of me petered out and there was a small gap beyond which appeared a track of of some sort.

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It soon became clear that this was a track only suitable for mountain bikes as I pushed my bike up hill sliding all over the place!

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Thankfully at the top of the hill I was soon back on tarmac and here briefly picked NCN Route 26.

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Through Sherborne I joined the A352 since there is no NCN route between here and Sturminster Newton where I needed to get to. Of course there were roadworks at the bottom of a big hill out of Sherborne and as typically happens that meant holding up HGV and its following traffic as I climbed it.

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I passed a few interesting landmarks.

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Eventually at Sturminster Newton I left the main road.

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After cycling through the town I picked up the North Dorset Trailway.

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I was now on NCN Route 25 and would follow this for the rest of the day.

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Along the North Dorset Trailway I came across Shillingstone Railway Project. This is an old railway station being restored.

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It was great little place to stop for a cup of tea.

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Inside one of the carriages

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Back on the Trailway I set off for Blandford Forum.

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I had originally planned to have lunch here, however it was still early so I decided to keep cycling on …

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To Wimborne …

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Through Shapwick.

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Passing The National Trusts’ White Mill.

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Eventually I reached Wimborne and cycled past the Minster.

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I decided to stop here for lunch and found the Cloisters Cafe. It was great little place to sit outside with a cuppa and watch the world go by for awhile.

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After lunch I set off for Poole.

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It wasn’t long before I reached the outskirts.

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For  a while I then joined the Castleman Trailway which took me towards the town centre.

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And was also joined by a couple of other cyclists on their way to Swanage for awhile.

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Soon we reached the Poole coastline (or rather the Upton Lake end of it)

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And the n the main coastline itself.

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Leaving my new ‘brief’ friends as they headed for the Sandbanks ferry, my journey finished with a little tour of the Poole suburbs.

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My final destination was the Premier Inn on Poole Road which situated on the outskirts of Bournemouth.

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Today I cycled nearly 48 miles. You can view my route from Yeovil to Bournemouth below:

Total distance: 48.04 mi
Max elevation: 387 ft
Min elevation: -157 ft
Total climbing: 2247 ft
Total descent: -2254 ft
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Later in the evening we met up with my brother Chris and took him out for a birthday meal. It is his 50th birthday!

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Montacute House and Tintinhull Garden

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After yesterday’s challenging day of cycling I took the opportunity today to spend some time relaxing by visiting National Trust‘s Montacute House and Tintinhull Garden.

Both places are just a few miles from Yeovil. First of all I visited Montacute House, arriving mid-morning on an overcast but thankfully warm morning.

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Montacute House

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Cycling from Bournemouth to Yeovil

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Sarah’s employers had tasked her with an onsite visit to a customer in Yeovil. We took the opportunity to combine this with a visit to Bournemouth to visit my brother, Chris.

Having travelled down on a Sunday we had met up in the evening, where we also stayed that night. The following morning Sarah drove

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Reivers Route Day 6 – Cockermouth to Whitehaven

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Reivers Route Day 6 was the final leg of our tour, and it was with a sense of ‘all good things must come to an end’ that we left the Manor House Hotel in Cockermouth. They had been extremely welcoming and nothing was too much for them, certainly a recommended place to stay.

It was

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Reivers Route Day 5 – Carlisle to Cockermouth

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On Reivers Route Day 5 we had to start the day a little slower than normal to allow the bike shop time to finish fixing my bike (a new spoke and then straightening up the back wheel).

Our way out of Carlisle was a familiar route to us as we had used it

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