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.

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.

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.

Thomas Hardy signature

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
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

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

Exploring Thomas Hardy and Dorset
Dates: Available at any time of year
Guide cost: £922 [approx. $1,605 US] per person, inclusive of five nights Bed Breakfast and Dinner at a local hotel, transport and entrances to heritage sites.

Please Contact Us for details and tailored itinerary.

Also available as independent weekend breaks and self-guided walking trips.

To Thomas Hardy and Dorset Guide.

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