It was a great opportunity to do some Greensand Way training on some serious Dorset hills. We set off on the Saturday morning early at about 8.30am. We had sensibly consumed a lot of sports drink the night before and gone to bed late to simulate the tiredness of a greensand way running weekend.
|Dave ready to set off for our 'Hidden Valley' run|
|Danger ! Ant route on the Ant Hill Trail|
As we ran up and along the first ridge we were rewarded with some spectacular views even though it was a very overcast and 'white sky' day.
We also got lost......... at the second bullet point on the idiot proof card.
|Great Views of......we dont know......somewhere near the Ant Hill Trail|
We gave up on trying to follow or find the route and carried on running along the ridge with fantastic views in both directions. What is great about running in a whole new location is that a lot of things can be quite different. We could smell wild garlic as we ran and also the large ferns in the steep woodland embankments on sunken paths made some areas feel very 'jurassic'
|Ant Hill Trail Marker ( lee loves signage)|
|Lee Trig Point planking near the Ant Hill Trail|
|Dave Planking on a trig point near the Ant Hill Trail|
On the return journey Dave took us back through Beningfield Wood up some VERY steep uphills where he had been a tumbling tosser the day before.
|Lee getting some hill climb practice in at Beningfield Wood|
|Ant Hill Trail sign and a useful short cut|
|Dave running up the last path back to the farmhouse|
We had a great run and it was great to mix up the training with some new terrain, new smells and sights and on another great national trust/rambler path that is enjoyable for walkers and runners (just like the Greensand Way). We took some of our friends on this route later that day on a walk, most enjoyed the views like we did, a few groaned at the effort.
|Lee and Dave later that day|
We celebrated that evening with plenty more sports drink and some great costumes.