The mill pond, Sutton Poyntz 

Duncliffe Wood near Shaftesbury 


​The Hardy Way is a unique 220 mile long distance walking trail through     Thomas Hardy’s Wessex with his words and poems alongside each section of   the route. It can also be walked in shorter sections with the aid of Ordnance Survey maps and public transport options. The Way begins at Hardy’s Birthplace near Dorchester and ends just over a mile away in the country churchyard where his heart is buried. In between is the varied and beautiful countryside of the county of Dorset and a short but stunning section in Wiltshire.


'the book plunges into Thomas Hardy country… is stuffed  with poems, extracts from Hardy’s works and contemporary photographs’   

Independent on Sunday

 A 19th-Century Pilgrimage

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