A fine hot day again, and we have to leave Dorset, alas, though we look forward to a couple of days with the family before heading home.
No rush today, since Joseph is partying until 1 pm. Plenty of time for a short stop at Maiden Castle near Dorchester, once we've found the way there - no, the back roads on the map are not for cars.
After yesterday's effort I almost refuse to leave the car, but it's well worth walking up the track to the earthworks, and reading about the history of the hill-fort settlement.
We can see the Hardy monument that we visited yesterday, higher up a couple of miles or so west of us.
|I capture the castle - another silly headgear photo!|
|more burnet moths|
When we've finished speculating about the people who once lived here, we wander around and discover sheltered spots full of flowers - among others birds-foot trefoil covered in Burnet moths, and masses of orchids. We see marbled white butterflies, blues, small tortoiseshells, and lots more that we can't immediately identify. Harry took some pictures. And one of a corn bunting singing on the stalk of an umbellifer.
Then we're ready to roll. We make a quick garage stop to buy some lunch provisions, and then a mini diversion to the tiny manicured village of Winterbourne Zelston to picnic, and it's all systems go to Southampton.