Riding high on the X53

The route of X53 plunges into valleys, touches the coast, dives through woods, soars over open uplands.  Here are some of the views to watch out for.


The country around Bridport on the north and west seems to be composed of pointy hills.  Ahead as the bus comes out of Bridport westward is a remarkably conical grassy peak, with a stand of five pine trees on top.  They were planted a century ago in honour of a local gentleman, and there is a plan to replace them if they die.

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Dorset Churches

St Martins Church (full name St Martin-on-the-Walls) is best known for the life-sized recumbent effigy of T E Lawrence in full Arab dress. Eric Kennington, who was the official war artist for the First and Second World Wars, carved it out of Purbeck marble and Portland stone between 1936 and 1939. Lawrence is wearing a headdress and holding camel whips, two books: the Greek Anthology of Verse & the Oxford Book of English Verse and a dagger given to him by Prince Faisal.

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