Over two days in August last year, CHRISTOPHER CARTER rode the full length of all six of the Jurassic Coaster routes operated by First Wessex, covering 220miles when they were running to their high summer school holiday schedules. In this second part*, he reaches east to Bournemouth before heading back to Axminster

First Hampshire & Dorset open-top Alexander ALX400-bodied Volvo B7TL 32031 (W801 EOW) in an older version of Jurassic Coaster livery on route 501 at its Portland Bill terminus with the operational lighthouse behind.

Seasonal open-top Jurassic Coaster route 501 runs four two-hourly journeys a day from Easter to September. It operates at weekends, bank holidays and during the late May school half-term week. The frequency goes up to every hour (other than a long lunch break) when it runs daily in the school summer holidays.

After trying to convince some confused tourists that First’s advertised £20 group day ticket does cover return journeys, I board the first service after the 1hr 35min lunch break.

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