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The Isle of Purbeck

This Dorset hotspot is not an island, but it does come with a ferry and the promise of adventure, as Tom Hutton discovers.

Words & Photography Tom Hutton

If it starts with a ferry ride it’s an adventure, right? OK, so the ferry ride’s only a few hundred metres, but that doesn’t matter to me – from my saddle, those few hundred metres somehow make Dorset feel like Scotland.

And as the gargantuan chains start creaking and groaning as they winch the huge boat away from land and out into the fast-flowing channel, to me at least, Sandbanks has become Oban, or Mallaig, or Uig, or some other remote Scottish port (albeit with higher house prices), and the Isle of Purbeck, which is really a peninsula and not an island at all, has been magically transformed into Skye, or Knoydart, or Arran, or Harris.

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