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Yarn Magazine walks in Abbotsbury

Walk: Abbotsbury

Length: about 6 miles • Time: three hours • Terrain: Steepish climbs and descents on tracks that can get muddy; walking on shingle. Sturdy footwear required.

Discover a lovely village once a centre of power for prosperous medieval monks; explore a dramatic prehistoric hill fort; enjoy unsurpassed views of the Jurassic Coast and crunch along the geological phenomenon of Chesil beach.

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Pat Bowcock living the quiet life — off-grid

Living the quiet life — off-grid

Anne King visits one of the area’s growing number of eco-homes to find out what’s involved in living off-grid.

It was 16 years ago that Pat Bowcock moved into a tiny caravan in an empty pony paddock on the outskirts of Litton Cheney.

She had a dog for company, but no power or facilities, or, it turned out on the first night, even a torch.

She had been living in a lovely house in Litton. She was married to a head teacher, was a mum with two children and had a steady job with a GP.

But she felt an increasing desire to live in a different way.

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The wind turbine at Marshwood School. The survey showed support for small-scale energy generation, but not wind farms

Vale residents would prefer fracking to wind power

Energy generation is an issue that affects us all. The question of how we heat our homes, cook our food and power our transport becomes more acute as fuel costs rise and climate considerations grow more pressing.

Sara Hudston reports on a parish survey in the Marshwood Vale that found support for fracking.

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Watch a video of dolphins swimming alongside Bridport Gig Club's junior team

Young giggers row with dolphins

Bridport Gig Club’s junior team’s efforts were rewarded this weekend when they were treated to an extraordinary row alongside dolphins, in front of West Bay’s cliffs.

A video, posted to the Bridport Notice Facebook page (which Yarn Magazine runs), was played nearly 10,000 times in under 12 hours. It was shown nearly 30,000 Facebook users in that same time span.

UPDATE: As of 27th July, the video has been played nearly 50,000 times, and has been shared by the likes of Country Living Magazine and the official Visit England tourism page. It has also been featured on various national newspapers’ websites, as well as, we’re told, CBS in America!

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