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HARDYWAY4HARRY  SPONSORED WALK  ITINERARY


Wed. April 18th  10.30 a.m. -  Hardy’s Birthplace Visitor Centre 10.30 a.m.       12noon walk to Athelampton*

Morning start time will usually be between 10.00 and 10.30 a.m.  Most days the walk is about ten miles except for those marked with an asterisk which are a bit shorter.

Thursday April 19th   -  Athelhampton to Bere Regis *

Friday April 20th – Bere Regis to Wool

Saturday April 21st – Wool to Lulworth*

Sunday April 22nd – Lulworth to Kingston

Monday April 23rd – Kingston to Wareham

Tuesday April 24th – Wareham to Sturminster Marshall

Wed. April 25th – Sturminster Marshall to Witchampton

Thurs. April 26th – Witchampton to Cranborne

Friday April 27th – Cranborne to Tollard Royal

Saturday April 28th – Tollard to Shaftesbury*

Sunday April 29th – Shaftesbury to Sturminster Newton

Mon. April 30th – Sturminster to  Buckland Newton

Tues. May 1st – Buckland to Chetnole

Wed. May 2nd – Chetnole to Beaminster

Thurs. May 3rd Beaminster to Bridport*

Friday, May 4th – Bridport to Abbotsbury

Sat. May 5th – Abbotsbury to Weymouth (before Ferrybridge)

Sun. May 6th -  Weymouth via Portland to Weymouth

Mon. May 7th – Weymouth to Owermoigne

Tuesday, May 8th – Owermoigne to Stinsford 

2018 On The Hardy Way 

The Yorkshire travel company INNTRAVEL are offering two walking holidays based on the The Hardy Way in Cranborne Chase.

​KATE ASQUITH of Inntravel will be walking with Margaret from Tollard Royal to Shaftesbury.

HARDYWAY4HARRY SPONSORED WALK     April-May 2018

“Margaret spent a hideous and heartbreaking year watching her beloved partner finally succumb to the deadly advance of Pancreatic cancer. Now she is attempting this amazing challenge to raise funds for research crucially needed to combat this terrible disease. Every mile she walks will be hugely worthwhile if it can help achieve this objective.                                                                                      
Best of luck, brave Margaret.”
Jilly Cooper CBE

MARGARET MARANDE, 81, FROM FONTMELL MAGNA IN DORSET TO WALK THE 220 MILE HARDY WAY – THE LONG DISTANCE PATH SHE CREATED 2O YEARS AGO - TO RAISE FUNDS FOR THREE GOOD CAUSES.


Here is Margaret’s Press Release for this major Hardy Way event:


Hardyway4Harry - The walk is a tribute to my partner Harry, who died of pancreatic cancer last year and I will split my fundraising between the medical research charity Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund, the Westminster Memorial Hospital in Shaftesbury and Thomas Hardy’s Birthplace Visitor Centre.

Holy S**t  Lieutenant!  That was Harry’s reaction to the suggestion that a walk across England, the iconic Coast to Coast Path, would be a fun challenge.

Together we left so many footprints across the world from the rugged West Highland Way in Scotland to the Queen Charlotte’s Track on the Marlborough Sounds in New Zealand.

But now it’s only me. Cancer struck Harry three times over the years. Twice he fought it and gained twenty-five years. But the third attack was vicious.  Pancreatic.  Once again, brave, he looked to a future despite the odds.   But this time it was just too aggressive.  The survival statistics for pancreatic cancer are grim.  Diagnosed in December 2016, he died in August 2017 and it wasn’t quality time.  Money is needed for research to beat this most lethal cancer and I want to help.   This is my plan.

In the 1990s I created a long-distance path – The Hardy Way – some 220 miles through Thomas Hardy’s Wessex.  The route visits places that Hardy describes in his novels and poems under fictitious names.  Starting at his birthplace near Dorchester it ends nearby in the tiny churchyard of St. Michael at Stinsford where his heart is buried.  En route are two stretches on the World Heritage Jurassic Coast, timeless Cranborne Chase, the Blackmore Vale and westwards as far as the sleepy Brit Valley to Bridport.  

My aim is to walk the whole Hardy Way on consecutive days leaving Hardy’s Birthplace Visitor Centre on the morning of April 18th for as long as it takes. I am an 81 year-old woman with dodgy knees and feet susceptible to blisters.  Thirty years down the line it will be a huge challenge.  Holy S..t Lieutenant indeed!

Please will you support me on this walk in my aim to raise AS MUCH AS I POSSIBLY CAN for my three good causes:

Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund – not many survive this cancer to personally raise funds.  https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/hardyway4harrypancreatic

League of Friends of the Westminster Memorial Hospital  - recently survived threat of closure, and  gave Harry the most wonderful care when he was dying. https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/hardyway4harryhospital

Hardy’s Birthplace Visitor Centre at Higher Bockhampton -  a gateway for local people and visitors to discover more about Thomas Hardy and the local landscape. Cheques to Dorset County Council, Hardy’s Birthplace Visitor Centre, Higher Bockhampton,  DT2 8QH                    

 www.facebook.com/hardyway


 I will be in good company along the Way:  family, friends, nurses from the hospital, Hardy Way walkers plus anyone who would like to join in.

For further information, please contact:  margaret@lizampairee.com or 01747 811284   Mob. 07888 937349


​​THE  HARDY  WAY
 A 19th-Century Pilgrimage