Take a walk in Thomas Hardy's footsteps

Coat hooks at Max Gate

If you enjoy a walk, why not follow in Hardy's footsteps and take a stroll from Max Gate as he would have done?


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The walk Hardy used to take

As a child, Thomas Hardy attended school first in Lower Bockhampton and then in Dorchester. His daily walk was from Hardy's Cottage across the Kingston Maurward estate and then followed the Frome river into town.

On this long walk, the young Hardy would imagine characters from his favourite books chasing behind him and once even came across some smugglers attempting to look nonchalant.

In later life, Hardy walked weekly from Max Gate to Hardy's Cottage with these fond memories.


The walking routes

Retrace his steps with our two 'Walkabouts' routes, visiting either Max Gate, or Dorset County Museum to see many of his original manuscripts and belongings.

Download the route from Kingston Maurward to Max Gate/Dorset County Museum and for a walk further afield, take a look at the Kingston Maurward to Hardy's Cottage trail.

Enjoy your walk in Hardy’s footsteps.