The Hardy Way


The Hardy Way is a 212 mile trail, which explores Thomas Hardy’s Wessex and visits many Hardy locations, beginning at his birthplace near Dorchester. It includes the Piddle and Frome valleys, an outstanding stretch of coast between Lulworth Cove and the Encombe Valley, Corfe Castle, Beaminster, Dorchester, and Stinsford churchyard, where his heart is buried.

Between Beaminster and West Bay, the Hardy Way follows the same route as the Brit Valley Way

 The way marks (left) show that the Hardy Way and the Millennium walks coincide in Beaminster.

Further details of the walk are on The Hardy Way (1), The Hardy Way (2) and The Hardy Way (3).

Beaminster features in Thomas Hardy’s novel ” Tess of the D’Urbervilles” as  Emminster. Links to this are on Emminster and Tess.