I know there are some who ride this in less than 24 hours, but to be honest my knee would hate me and I like taking everything in/having a look around the places I stop in :)
This weekend I rode from Axminster to Salisbury (well, the final plaque was in Salisbury and then I headed out to Nether Wallop, about half way to Andover).
I'm now well over half way through The Trafalgar Way bike ride from Pendennis Point in Falmouth to The Admiralty in London, all raising money for the Duke of Edinburgh's Award.
After a bendy lane and a couple of hills which killed me, we headed down a very muddy farm track near Whitchurch Canonicorum, before dropping down through Dottery in to Bridport. Again, the technical route for The Trafalgar Way is along the A35 but it was exceedingly busy, and there's no point putting yourself in danger. This was a great route which took us away from the main road, but obviously if you're happy to cycle busy A Roads, then do so!
We headed through Bridport Town Centre which was heaving (market day!) and found the plaque on the side of The Bull Hotel.
We headed down the coast road through Burton Bradstock and Abbotsbury and were treated to some beautiful views! You could see right over to Portland.
The Hardy Monument
From Abbotsbury you head through the pretty little village of Portesham, before starting a climb up a lovely hill with a 17% gradient... I have no shame in admitting I made it about half way before I had to get off and walk because it was faster!
As some of you will know I took one of HMS Victory's ensigns up Kilimanjaro, it also came to Pendennis Point with me and so it was brought out again (albeit in my mum's support vehicle - thanks mum- and she met us at the Hardy Monument) at the Hardy Monument. Well, he was her Captain after all!
From Puddletown you head out along the A345 and this is basically the road you follow all the way to Salisbury.
The next plaque is found in Blandford Forum, on the side of the Greyhound Inn.
Of course, I took the cliche tourist photo!
A good thing I did, as it was actually on the back of the Guildhall!
I hit my target of £500 this weekend and am still continuing to fundraise!
It's all to raise money to help young people get involved with The Duke of Edinburgh's Award.
It is a charity and it really does help so many!
You can even download it as a GPX file.