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Guided Walk - In the childhood footsteps of Thomas Hardy

A Thomas Hardy themed walk which will include stories and poetry as we discuss how this special part of Dorset influenced the great writer and poet.

  • Booking advisable
  • Admission applies

We will walk around Thorncombe Woods exploring Rushy pond, the Roman Road and Rainbarrows. Although just a short distance the walk takes up to 2 hours because of our frequent stops to enjoy Hardy's works.

This is being offered as part of the Dorchester Walking Festival programme of events which are running between 11th -18th May. For more information you can visit:

If you would like to visit Hardy's Cottage at the end of the walk you will need to book this independently for 12.30 on the day of the walk. You can do this by calling: 0344 249 1895.



Event ticket prices

Ticket typeTicket category
Adult Book via the Dorchester Walking Festival£5.00
Child Book via the Dorchester Walking Festival£0.00
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The basics



Meeting point

Meet at the Thorncombe Woods Visitor Centre at 10.30am

What to bring and wear

Please wear weather appropriate clothing and footwear.


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 10.30am 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


Signed tour of Hardy's Cottage 

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

Event summary

23 May 2024
10:00 to 12:00