‘A unique  guide walking back in time as well as forward along the route’                   The Great Outdoors magazine

The Route 

 A 19th-Century Pilgrimage

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The start of The Hardy Way at Higher Bockhampton

The Hardy Way leads through some 220 miles of incomparable Dorset and Wiltshire countryside: woodland, high ridgeways, sleepy villages, a variety of farmland, river valleys and dramatic coastal scenery along Dorset’s famous Jurassic coast. The route parallels the amazing eighteen mile pebble Chesil Bank from near Bridport to the  Isle of Portland, a gigantic limestone mass near Weymouth. The Hardy Way is mainly on footpaths, tracks and bridleways with occasional unavoidable sections on lanes and roads. The Blackmore Vale farmland area in north Dorset can be very muddy in wet weather. The Way is marked with distinctive green and white Hardy Way signs.

After the walk a couple of days should be spent relaxing in Dorchester where Hardy went to school. The Dorset County Museum is full of interest and there are many Hardy locations.