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Enabling easy access to the South West's beauty spots

Hardy's Birthplace Visitor Centre and Woodland

Equipment Available: 2 Trampers
  • Forest/Woodland
  • Historic
  • Moorland/Heathland
  • Nature Reserve
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible toilets
  • Information centre
  • Cafe or shop
  • Dog friendly

Explore the Dorset woodlands and heaths that inspired author Thomas Hardy featured in the recent film, Far from the Maddening Crowd. From the new visitor centre and café the Tramper allows you to enjoy woodland paths leading to the entrance of Hardy’s Cottage – a classic ‘cob and thatch’ cottage where he was born and wrote his early works.

Note that the Tramper provides access only to the entrance, not around, the cottage (an admission is charged for this part of the property).  

The site is jointly managed by the National Trust and Dorset County Council's Countryside Team - visit this webpage for a great selection of information about what you can enjoy at Hardy's Cottage and Thorncombe Woodlands. 

Booking is strongly recommended - in particular for first-time users who will be provided with a short introduction to the Tramper controls and operation before heading out. 

For opening hours please visit the location's webpage - click here.

Additional information on the latest news is available via their Facebook page here.  

Contact Hardy's Birthplace Visitor Centre and Woodland


Visitor Centre, Higher Bockhampton, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 8QJ


01305 224620

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