Hardy Way

TThe Hardy Way explores the Wessex of author Thomas Hardy, visiting many Hardy locations beginning at his birthplace near Dorchester. It takes in the Piddle and Frome valleys, an outstanding stretch of coast between Lulworth Cove and the Encombe Valley, to Corfe Castle and Dorchester, ending in Stinsford churchyard where his heart lies buried. The Hardy Way leads through beautiful Dorset and Wiltshire countryside: woodland, high ridgeways, sleepy villages, a variety of farmland, river valleys and dramatic coastal scenery along Dorset’s famous Jurassic coast, now a World Heritage Site inscribed by UNESCO for the outstanding universal value of its rocks, fossils and landforms and England’s only natural World Heritage Site The route parallels the remarkable eighteen mile pebble Chesil Bank from near Bridport to the Isle of Portland, a gigantic limestone mass near Weymouth.

Hardy Way Map

Yorkshire Wold Way Map

Hardy Way Interactive Map

6 Day Walking – Hardy Way

StageStarting PointFinish PointDistance (miles)Ascend (feet)
Day 1HessleSouth Cave13
Day 2South CaveGoodmanham12
Day 3GoodmanhamMillington8.5
Day 4MillingtonThixendale12
Day 5ThixendaleSherburn19
Day 6SherburnFiley17
6 Day Walking – Yorkshire Wold Way

OS Maps Required for Hardy Way

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