X54 - Poole to Weymouth (two hourly)
X53 - Weymouth to Lyme Regis and Axminster (hourly)
X52 - Lyme Regis to Exeter (two hourly)
From here the A35 runs up hill and down dale with sea views and picturesque villages. Charmouth offers a short walk to fossil heaven on the beach. Some of the downhills are protected by sand traps to mitigate against brake failure.
Chideock is also a picture postcard village with cute thatched cottages to admire whilst thinking about the cost of insurance and fire risk!
But now the route becomes really glorious. On fbb's trip the weather was bright but misty, but with sunshine and clear skies the ride is one of the best in Dorset. Here fbb is dropping down to Abbotsbury ...
The Chapel was built as a place of pilgrimage and retreat by the monks of the nearby Benedictine monastery Abbotsbury Abbey, which the chapel overlooks high up on the hilltop. Its position on the top of a hill about 80 m (260 ft) high, overlooking the coast from Portland Bill to Bridport, meant that it was a prominent feature for seafarers. Only a handful of chapels of the same kind are located outside the precincts of the monasteries who constructed them.
And then comes Abbotsbury itself. Another extensive collection of beautiful cottages. Plus the swannery.
Once Chickerell is reached, the run into Weymouth itself is urban sprawl and lacking interest. fbb alighted outside First Bus' extensive depot ...
Your esteemed blogger (!!) has not been altogether complimentary about the re-jig of the Jurassic Coaster service (about which more will be written tomorrow) but, taken as a stand alone, the new X53 is a fine example of a great trip by bus. Try it, and fbb is sure you will agree.
fbb's trundle eastwards had an additional purpose. He was due to meet this jolly chappie.