How to get here

By train

Dorchester South 4 miles; Dorchester West 4 miles

By road

A35, from Dorchester and the west: From the A35, at the Kingston Maurward roundabout take the exit signposted Kingston Maurward and Higher Bockhampton. Follow the road to the next crossroads and turn left (there is a small sign for Hardy's Cottage). Look out for a pair of cottages and a red letter box on your right, and turn right into the lane. Follow the lane round to the right and into the Thorncombe Wood car park. A35, from the east: From the A35, take the exit signposted Higher Bockhampton onto Cuckoo Lane. After half a mile, turn left towards Hardy's Cottage. Follow the lane round to the right and into the Thorncombe Wood car park. Getting to Hardy's Cottage from the car park: The cottage is a 10-15 minute walk from the car park, either along a bridle path or through the woodland. Bridlepath: From the car park, walk back up the lane and turn right along the gravel bridlepath. The cottage is at the end of the path, on the right hand side. Woodland: A more tranquil approach, but steep and uneven in places. Follow the path up the slope to the left and turn left at the first branch of the path, signposted 'Hardy's Cottage' on a wooden waymarker.

Parking: Free (not National Trust), 600 yards. Please note: There is limited parking for blue badge holders and a drop off point outside the cottage by prior arrangement only. Call 01305 262366 or email hardysbirthplace@nationaltrust.org.uk to arrange.

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