Thomas Hardy Literary Trail

The Thomas Hardy literary trail explores the life and work of the author amidst the beautiful landscapes, towns and villages of Dorset.

This trail can be arranged and tailored for groups as a tour, or guiding services provided, at any dates in the year.

Thomas Hardy

The novelist and poet Thomas Hardy (1840-1928), was born and lived most of his life in Dorset. Many of the major themes in his work, the characters and the landscapes they inhabit, are drawn from the Dorset countryside.

Thomas Hardy signature

The trail takes in the principal towns and sites connected with Hardy's life and writings, to walk the sites connected to Hardy’s major novels, including:

In and around Dorchester
Hardy’s Casterbridge (Dorchester), Mellstock (Stinsford), Lewgate (Higher Bockhampton)

In the 'Vale of Little Dairies'
Stourcastle (Sturminster Newton), Marlott (Marnhull), Shaston (Shaftesbury), Middlemarsh (Marshwood),

The heathland and the spectacular Dorset coast
Chesil Beach, Budmouth (Weymouth), Lulwind Cove (Lulworth Cove), Wellbridge (Wool), Egdon Heath, Kingsbere (Bere Regis)

Thomas Hardy at Bockhampton Cottage

Brief suggested itinerary
Days 1 and 2: Dorchester
Day 3: The Blackmoor Vale
Day 4: Chesil Beach and Weymouth
Day 5: 'Egdon Heath' and Lulworth Cove

Hambledon Hill featured in novels of Thomas Hardy

To Thomas Hardy and Dorset Guide.