10:00 Sunday 30th April 2017
The village of Martin is situated to the south of the A354 road that runs from Salisbury to Blandford Forum. For most of us, the village is probably most easily reached by heading north-west for eight miles or so out of Fordingbridge passing through Sandleheath, Damerham and Tidpit before arriving at Martin. Approaching from this direction, the car park can be found by taking a left turn in the village itself onto a dead end road at the end of which will be found a car park at the foot of Blagdon Hill. For anyone who cares about these sort of things, the area where we start has been used as a location for Dr Who and Torchwood episodes so although the car park looks small, it is bigger once you are in it. We shall meet at this car park and head out for the bridleways and ancient drove roads which criss-cross Cranbourne Chase. There will be some challenging uphills, fast downhills and panoramic ridgeways in this delightful area.
Hints and tips: Can be slippery on the chalky Cranbourne Chase tracks but other tracks will hold up well especially the ones along the ridges.