Purbeck and Mince Pie Christmas Ride

Despite a thick-pea-souper down in the Purbeck, we escaped the Christmas gluttony to head out for a coastal loop. It seemed like ions ago that we’d last enjoyed some good old Dorset mud; the eerie, misty backdrop of Corfe Castle gave a cinematic quality to the ride.

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Cara was on a Trek Fuel, and I’d opted for the On One twenty niner…

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…with On One’s own Superlight rigid carbon forks, to see how they dealt with an old fashioned bridleway forray. It proved to be a winning combination. Light and direct for climbing, with just enough flex to smooth out the bumpy descents and barely any brake flutter at all. Nice.

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Holly is preparing to take over the mantle of chief-mincepie-maker from mum so we road tested some of her offerings. These are some of her earlier works, while she was still perfecting her own style. We call them, “Individually Hand Made”. Like snowflakes, no two mince pies are ever the same.

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Out on the trail, they were a real treat. We tucked into them on the Stone Bench, normally a great spot to take in the open sea. But within the gloom, we could only hear the waves lapping against the steep cliffs.

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Elsewhere, mist had shrouded the ridgetop. It was quiet, with windswept trees materialising out of the gloom.

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And sheep that seemed non-plussed by this festive occasion.

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When we went back out on Boxing Day, things were looking clearer…

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…so we extended the loop to take in Old Harry’s Rocks, returning home via the forest. For more mince pies…

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