The Buckfast Millennium Pilgrimage 2018

Day 8: Dorchester to Bridport

The walk starts with an easy stroll out of Dorchester, passing the base of Maiden Castle, and into Martinstown for our first prayer stop. We then climb up to Hardy Monument on the South Dorset Ridgeway, the highest point on this year's pilgrimage, with spectacular views of Chesil Beach. It's then a steady descent into Portesham for lunch at the Kings Arms, a pilgrimage pub 3 times previously. After lunch, it's a short stroll along a former railway to Abbotsbury where we visit St Catherine's Chapel, a 14th Century place of pilgrimage and retreat for the monks of the nearby Benedictine monastery, Abbotsbury Abbey. From here, we drop down and follow a flat low-lying section of the coastal path for 7 miles to Burton Bradstock, before cutting inland and into Bridport.


Pilgrimage Newsfeed - Day 8


Idea from America - boot gloves for a wet day Jim Brodie


Setting off from the spacious Dorford Centre, the home of Dorchester Baptist Church John Chenery


St Martin's, Martinstown John Chenery


Lawrence Doyle


Larry leads the prayer stop John Chenery


Lawrence Doyle


Crossing fields. Ron Millington


View looking forwards the Hardy Monument. Maurice Hickman


A gentle climb with gentle drizzle this morning John Chenery


Heading for the Hardy Monument John Chenery


Getting closer Lawrence Doyle


View from the top of the Hardy Monument. Maurice Hickman


Hardy’s Monument - not the “Tess of the d'Urbervilles” one, but the “Kiss me, Hardy” one Danny Thomas


Wildlife sighted at Hardy Monument this year. Deirdre


View of the drinks car from the top of the monument John Chenery


A closer view of the drinks car John Chenery


Leslie Winiarski A rhymed memento outside St Peter's church in Portesham. Enlarge before you read. PolishPilgrims


Piotr's exploring a phone box library in Portesham Leslie Winiarski PolishPilgrims


Floral display en route Danny Thomas


And this is what can happen when you don't have John driving the van for you!!! Patrick Reeve61


eating rolls outside DIY prayers in St Peter's Portesham John Chenery


The King's Arms, Portesham which was also a pilgrimage lunch pub on our previous Buckfast pilgrimages in 1980, 1982 and 1996 John Chenery


Leader Mike with frontmarkers Leszek and Geoffrey, and interloper Ed John Chenery


David, Mark and Louise on the pub patio. Ron Millington


DIY Prayer stop at St Peter, Portesham Maurice Hickman


St Peter, Portesham where some pilgrims ate their rolls. Maurice Hickman


Map of Portesham Village. In the early 20th Century the village had several pubs. Maurice Hickman


Approaching St Catherine's Chapel Maurice Hickman


Pilgrims arriving at St Catherine's Chapel Maurice Hickman


Pilgrims at St Catherine's Chapel Maurice Hickman


Inside St Catherine's Chapel Maurice Hickman


We by-passed St Peter's in Abbotsbury on the way to St Catherine's John Chenery


Pilgrims at St Catherine's Chapel. Ron Millington


Up to St Catherine's Chapel John Chenery


St. Catherine’s Chapel https://t.co/IE8LBuvZRM Danny Thomas


View from inside St. Catherine's, Abbotsbury. Deirdre


Inside St Catherine's: the roof John Chenery


Inside St Catherine's: the floor John Chenery


Chesil Beach and on its nearside, The Fleet John Chenery


Drinks stop in a car park - Nurse Clare at Chesil Beach Ron Millington


A suprise on the next drink stop! PolishPilgrims


behind us Chesil Beach curls away to the Isle of Portland John Chenery


Ordeal by pebbles. Golden Cap in the distance. John Chenery


St Mary, Burton Bradstock John Chenery


On the way to Bridport. Deirdre


Sarnie Bashing John Chenery


Before our Vigil Mass which we organised in St Mary and St Catherine's Church, Bridport, after arriving at the hall. Ron Millington


At the end of mass. John Chenery


best drink of the day #tea Danny Thomas