If the Jurassic Coast had a Michelangelo, surely it would be Mark Anderson. Mark has no rich patrons in the old sense, and his works aren’t bound for holy places or palaces. But his art reaches a more popular audience. He is the famous sand sculptor of Weymouth, and his admirers include the Queen.
Anyone who could count could have predicted that the Monmouth Rebellion was ill fated. When James, Duke of Monmouth, sailed into the Harbour at Lyme on 11 June 1685, his invasion force consisted of just 83 men and three ships, two of which were fishing vessels.
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.