‘Exploring the countryside and lanes of Dorset’
Hi, my name is Terry, The Dorset Rambler! The name is more about the fact that I ramble on about a variety of subjects in my blog rather than that I am a rambler in the accepted sense (i.e. ‘one who wanders aimlessly from place to place’) – I do do that sometimes but I am actually a long distance walker who usually knows where he is going……..well, sometimes anyway 🙂 !
I was born in Dorset over 70 years ago, and have lived here all my life…….so I guess if I was a stick of rock and you cut me in half, the word Dorset would go right through me! I love all things Dorset, especially the quirky……and there is quite a lot of that! Oh, and I sound very Dorset too! I love the outdoors, wildlife and the countryside, in all weathers and seasons, as there is so much beauty and character to enjoy. I also enjoy photography and have followed this pursuit as both amateur and semi-professional for many many years, enjoying some success in a number of competitions such as LPOTY. Finally I am an avid walker and cyclist and I get out on the hills, the country lanes or the coast as often as I can. This blog will hopefully bring all these passions together to provide items of interest on Dorset, walking/walks, cycling, the outdoors, wildlife, photography and much more. There is a full list of the categories included in this blog on the ‘Explore the site‘ page, so do click on those that interest you to explore more. I hope you will find my blog enjoyable and interesting. Whether you do or don’t, please feel free to leave feedback as this helps to guide me as I consider future blog posts.
Oh, and you’ll notice that it’s not entirely Dorset based either because I love backpacking the long distance footpaths and wild camping. I have backpacked a variety of long distance trails including, The Wainwright Coast to Coast, The Pembrokeshire Coast Path (twice), The Dales High Way, The South Downs Way, The Cotswold Way, The Wessex Ridgeway, The Mendip Way, The Dorset Coast Path (numerous times) etc etc, and I hope to continue to do this as long as I am able. I have also walked a lot in Wales, the Lake District and occasionally in Scotland. You will even find posts on other countries too 🙂 !
In addition to the above, I also have a creative streak, producing very non-masterpieces of art and poetry, and even whittling 🙂 ! For those who enjoy posts on creative, Christian/spiritual, reflective and lifestyle matters, there are some included here but I have also set up a new blog which I have called Time to Reflect. The strap line for this is ‘towards a better self and a better world’ which I think sums up the blog’s intention. At least one person will benefit from that blog, and that is me, because, as a Christian and a pilgrim travelling along this path we call life, I am myself seeking to learn the lessons I blog about!
Oh, and just to clarify and to avoid confusion, I am not connected in any way with the Ramblers Association, I am just a lone walker and blogger who goes by the name The Dorset Rambler 🙂 !
I set up this blog some 10 years ago and there are now well over 400 posts. My purpose in all my writings is to educate, inform and inspire and I hope I succeed in that in some small way.