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The Hardy Way

The Hardy Way

The Hardy Way Overview

Cranborne Chase. If the name isn’t familiar, the scenery probably will be, for this former royal hunting ground straddling the Dorset-Wiltshire border is the epitome of rural England, as described in the novels and poems of Thomas Hardy. There are rounded green hills, lanes bordered by cow parsley and high hedges, ancient deciduous woodland.

  • self-guided hotel-to-hotel walking, luggage transported
  • idyllic Downs scenery classed as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
  • pretty villages with duck ponds and thatched cottages
  • high-quality accommodation and cuisine


Our holiday, created in collaboration with Margaret Marande, champion of Britain’s first literature-themed long-distance path, follows parts of The Hardy Way across these peaceful chalk landscapes which are nowadays recognised as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Whether you have read the great novelist’s works or not, walking here brings a feeling of contentment that matches that of the sheep munching happily on the lush carpet of grass – topped off by the charming inns of character along the way.

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