Woodland walks at Hardy's Cottage

Thorncombe Woods, the woodland directly behind Hardy's Cottage, is a lovely place for a stroll at any time of the year. Why not build a den or explore inside a tree for some 50 Things fun on a family walk? Or download one of these trails to follow in Hardy's footsteps.

A front view of Hardy's Cottage from the garden in autumn

Hardys Cottage walking trails through Thorncombe Woods

These walking trails take in some of the places that were engrained in the young Thomas Hardy's mind and later translated into the sentences of his writing. There's a pink route taking approximately 15 minutes, a longer blue route and a route for wheelchair access.

Children in the garden on a sunny summers day at Hardy's Cottage

Hardy's Cottage Discovery Trail

You can follow in Hardy's footsteps and explore his beloved landscape with your eyes, ears, nose and hands on this interactive discovery trail. You'll encounter plenty of nature and wildlife along the way.