The intrepid Discovering Wessex group ventured out on Friday 13th March on an exploration of ‘The Tarrants’ (eight beautiful Dorset villages) using a tried and tested idea – the Treasure Trail, which involves solving clues as we go along.

The weather was perfect – sunny, but with a slight nip in the air – just right for searching, walking and driving.  After a hot drink, we set off in our cars and I do believe I could hear the bubble of excitement in people’s voices as we vacated the café.

We solved the clues as we went along, visiting the villages, churchyards, churches, farmyards and a stream.

Of course, a day out would not be complete without a stop for lunch, an energy boost and a catch up!  This took place at the True Lovers Knot where we enjoyed some very tasty snacks and meals.

After completing the trail we all met up again to solve the solution code (GDSF – Great Dorset Steam Fair) from our Mission Answer Grid and celebrate with a well-earned cup of tea.  Some of us got into a pickle about ACER versus TREE and the name of a COW versus a HERD (not enough letters for the cow!) but all in all we had a very enjoyable day and we have Keith and Janet to thank for that.

We are so lucky to have such a wonderful U3A.  Hear, hear, I can hear you say!

Jo Brearley