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Hardy Monument - a wildlife wander

A wildlife wander aimed at familes, children and young people, but everyone is welcome. This will be a fun and easy walk led by National Trust ecology volunteers.

  • Booking advisable
  • Admission applies

Our National Trust Ecology Volunteers are looking forward to welcoming you to Hardy Monument. Here they will lead you on a walk around the area the Monument stands and together we will investigate the animals and plants who call this home.

This is being offered as part of the Dorchester Walking Festival programme of events which are running between 11th -18th May. For more information and to book a place on this walk you can visit:

Hardy Monument will be open so you will have the opportunity to climb the steps to the top after the walk. The admission price for the Monument is £5 but free for National Trust members.



Event ticket prices

Ticket typeTicket category
Adult book via the Dorchester Walking Festival£2.50
Child book via the Dorchester Walking Festival£0.00
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The basics


Children and familes are welcome.

Meeting point

Meet at the National Trust, Hardy Monument car park on Saturday 18th May at 10.00am

What to bring and wear

As there are no cafes near by we recommend a bag with a drink and possibly snacks. Weather appropriate clothing and footwear is essential.


Some paths will not be suitable for pushchairs.


You can book for this event via the Dorchester Walking Festival event page: Walk ups on the morning will be accepted. Please arrive just before 10.00am so we can ensure we depart promptly. The walk will be weather dependent so could be cancelled at short notice. If wind gusts are over 45mph or if we are worried about heavy rain we may have to cancel.

Upcoming events


Hardy Monument Tour 

Climb the 120 steps to the top of Hardy Monument and enjoy the panoramic view, open weekends from Easter to September

Event summary

27 Apr to 28 Apr 2024
09:50 to 10:00
+ 23 other dates or times

Hardy Monument - circular guided walk 

An opportunity to explore the Dorset Landscape as you head from Hardy Monument to the Valley of Stones, Littlebredy and back to the National Trust, Hardy Monument car park.

Event summary

18 May 2024
09:50 to 13:00

Signed tour of Hardy Monument 

This is a tour of Hardy Monument arranged especially for our deaf and hard of hearing communities which will be fully signed by one of our volunteers.

Event summary

13 Jul 2024
12:00 to 13:30