Thomas Hardy Literary Tour
A 5-day tour exploring the life and work of Thomas Hardy amidst the beautiful landscapes, towns and villages of Dorset.
This tour can be arranged and tailored for groups at any dates in the year.
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.
Our guided tour, led by Dorset poet and critic David Caddy, will explore Hardy's women, both in his novels and in his life; his Darwinism; how some of his characters are merged with the landscape and others less so; and his work on behalf of the Dorset Labourer and against cruelty to animals.
The aim will be to deepen our understanding of Hardy's writing, and reveal the private man behind the literature.
We will also explore Hardy's links to historical and literary Dorset, to Shelley, Keats, William Barnes, the Powys family and John Fowles.
Our tour will take us to the towns and sites connected with Hardy's life and writings. We will walk the sites connected to Hardy’s major novels, including:
In and around Dorchester
In the 'Vale of Little Dairies'
The heathland and the spectacular Dorset coast
Exploring Thomas Hardy and Dorset
Please Contact Us for details and tailored itinerary.
Also available as independent weekend breaks and self-guided walking trips.