Stay

Handpicked boutique luxury to family & pet friendly hotels.

Pitstops

An assortment of interesting stop off points along our walks.

Camp

A selection of campsites and glamorous camping locations.

trainNearest Train (or tube) Station(s):
Dorchester

Nearest Mainline Train Station:
Southampton

Remember to prepare properly before heading out on any type of walk or outdoor activity. Tell people where you are going and what time you are expected back. As Wainwright says “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing”.

Hardys Cottage
© Holly Brega
Hardys Cottage
© Holly Brega
Hardys Cottage
© Holly Brega
© Holly Brega
Hardys Cottage
© Holly Brega
Hardys Cottage
© Holly Brega

Walk Details

This short one-mile loop walk explores the thatch cottage, gardens and woodlands that were the birthplace of iconic English author and poet Thomas Hardy.

Thorncombe Woods, the woodland directly behind Hardy’s Cottage, is a lovely place for a stroll at any time of the year.

This walking trail takes in some of the places that were engrained in the young Thomas Hardy’s mind and later translated into the sentences of his writing.

The ancient woodland and nature reserve open onto beautiful heathland, and you can also visit Hardy’s Birthplace Visitor Centre as part of your trip.

Carpark: Puddletown Forest MTB parking, Dorchester DT2 8QS