Open and free to park all year round. Not accessible for wider vehicles.
Dog walkers are welcome but please keep an eye out for signs throughout your visit. Using a short lead helps to keep your dog from disturbing ground-nesting birds and farm animals. It's essential to use a short lead around sheep. Please always clear up after your dog. and take the poo bags home with you.
The car park surface is a mainly loose stone, with exposed earth and grass in some areas. It is approximately 10 metres from the monument across loose gravel. There are no toilet facilities at the monument or in the car park.
Hardy Monument lies next to the lane between Martinstown and Abbotsbury. It is also easily accessible from the B3157 at Portesham and the A35 at Winterbourne Abbas.
Sat Nav: Grid ref: SY612876.
From Portesham follow the lane north-east uphill. Descend to Black Down Farm. Fork left and follow the South Dorset Ridgeway uphill through the wood.
Dorchester train station is 6.5 miles. Weymouth train station is 9 miles.
First X53 stops at Portesham. Alight at the Kings Arms and it's a 40 minute walk to the monument.
National Cycle Network Route 2 passes alongside Hardy Monument.
Visiting Hardy Monument with your dog
Join us for an Easter adventure at Hardy Monument. Discover our family-friendly trail with fun activities for you to do along the way. Complete the trail and earn your chocolate egg at the end. The trail has an Admiral Hardy 'twist' and the Monument will be open so if you have the energy after you can climb the 120 steps to the top!
The 72ft Monument
Monument to Vice-Admiral Hardy, built in 1844 and standing on an exposed location, above the village of Portesham. Climb to the 120 steps to the top of the monument on certain days through the year and enjoy breathtaking views across Dorset and beyond.
Enjoy the views
On a clear day you can see Start Point, Devon and St. Catherine’s Point on the Isle of Wight, both of which are around 65 kilometres (40 miles) away, and to the north Pen Hill in the Mendip Hills, which is also around 65 kilometres (40 miles) away. We have made a video, funded by the National Grid, which shows the stunning panoramic views of the Dorset coast and countryside, select the tab above which is titled: 'About Hardy Monument' to watch.
Go for a walk
The Hardy Monument is well positioned to walk well trodden footpaths out to the Jurassic Coast, or take in shorter routes which allow you to explore the local geology or archaeology that makes this site so special.
Family trail and brass rubbing
Pretend you are a young Vice-Admiral Thomas Hardy and head out on a Mini Explorer Adventure. This waymarked route is around 1 - 1.5 hours long and has 9 checkpoints to find with a brass rubbing and a fun task at each point. Ideal for families.
The Mini Explorer Trail takes you on an adventure around the land surrounding Hardy Monument, there are fun tasks to complete on your way round and children are encouraged to enjoy the views and the nature which surrounds them.
Pretend you are a young Vice-Admiral Thomas Hardy and head out on a Mini Explorer adventure. This waymarked route is around 1 - 1.5 hours long and has 9 checkpoints to find with a brass rubbing and a fun task at each point. Ideal for families. This document is the downloadable trail booklet which contains everything you need. It is packed with fun facts, different activities to do at each brass rubbing post and a map. It is recommended you download the booklet before setting out on your adventure.
Hardy Monument has something for everyone, from breathtaking walks, to fun trails, interesting historical facts and picnic spots with wheelchair accessible benches. We hope everyone will takeaway something memorable from a visit to Hardy Monument.
The Hardy Monument was built in 1844 in memory of Vice-Admiral Sir Thomas Masterman Hardy, Flag Captain of HMS Victory at the Battle of Trafalgar. Amongst other things, Hardy became famous because it was in his arms that Nelson died, saying the immortal words ‘Kiss me, Hardy’. The National Trust became owners of the site in 1938 and have maintained it ever since.
To find out more about the Monument and the views you could expect to enjoy whilst at this site take a moment to watch these two videos, both funded by the National Grid:
Hardy Monument Discovery Video - This film is filled with interesting facts as well as stunning imagery.
Hardy Monument- View from Hardy Locations - YouTube - This is a pin drop video which gives a 360°Panorama from the top of Hardy Monument and shows the location of key landmarks.