Hardy’s Wessex Ramblers Routes

Hardy’s Wessex Ramblers Routes

We are pleased to be partnering with the Ramblers, Britain’s largest walking community, who have created new walks to explore Hardy’s Wessex. The Ramblers volunteers are encouraging people to explore and discover the landscapes that inspired and featured in the writing of Thomas Hardy.

These walking routes have been created to compliment our Hardy’s Wessex exhibition and to help visitors to explore the beautiful Wessex landscape. 

The 10 walking routes include:

  • a step-free stroll around Salisbury – the Melchester of Hardy’s novels
  • a walkabout in Thornecombe Wood where he was born and grew up
  • the chance to follow the beautiful River Avon out to Old Sarum
  • an exploration of the links between the writer and the town of Devizes.

Ramblers Hardy Wessex Walks

Dorchester – A circular walk around Thomas Hardy’s Casterbridge 

A gentle stroll around Dorchester. Explore the history behind modern day Dorchester and its links to Thomas Hardy’s Casterbridge.

 

Purbeck (Durlston) – Durlston Country Park and Thomas Hardy

A leisurely stroll round Durlston Country Park to enjoy stunning views, history and exceptional wildlife.

 

Poole – Hardy 10 Poole

Enjoy a stroll around the old town centre of Poole and see it through the eyes of the novelist Thomas Hardy.

 

Cranborne – Cranbourne and Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbevilles

A circular walk from Cranbourne,walking the route Tess of the D’Urbevilles would have taken between Chaseborough and Tantridge.

Devil’s Den – Hardy 12 Devil’s Den

A short circular walk in Fyfield Down Nature Reserve to visit one of Dorset’s least known Neolithic sites (unless you are a reader of Thomas Hardy’s ‘What The Shepherd Saw’).

 

Salisbury – Stroll around Salisbury, the Melchester of Thomas Hardy’s novels

A step free stroll around the historic centre of Salisbury, Thomas Hardy’s Melchester.

 

Salisbury – Historic Salisbury,Thomas Hardy’s Melchester,and ancient Old Sarum

The chance to follow the beautiful River Avon out to Old Sarum.

 

Devizes – Hardy 13 Devizes

An exploration of the links between the writer and the town of Devizes.

 

Thorncombe – Thorncombe Wood Walkabout with Thomas Hardy

A walkabout in Thornecombe Wood where he was born and grew up.

 

Thorncombe – Hardy’s Higher Bockhampton and Edgon Heath

A varied walk through woods, open countryside and heathland, enlivened by references to Thomas Hardy’s writings of his fictional land of Wessex

Sawfish are also called carpenter sharks...but they are rays, not sharks!

There’s also a species called a sawshark, but that’s, well, a shark!

What the heck is a lek?

Males great bustards perform spectacular courtship displays, gathering at a ‘lek’ or small display ground to try to impress the females.

Road Runner!

The great bustard has a dignified slow walk but tends to run when disturbed, rather than fly.

Belly Buster!

The hen-bird on display at The Salisbury Museum was one of the last great bustards to be eaten in the town!

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