Wednesday Walk – Hardy’s Monument

Good news – bad news – good news.

When my sister was staying we met up with my son and his two boys: Big Bro 5 and Little Bro 3 and went off to the Hardy Monument monumentjust above the village of Portesham, where my sister and I lived with our family as teenagers. Recently the monument to Admiral Hardy (of ‘Kiss me Hardy’ fame) has been renovated and acquired by the National Trust. For £2 you can climb to the top and on a good day, see as far as the Isle of Wight.

Good news: It was a good day, look at that clear blue sky!

I had checked the Monument would be open from 10.30 am and we arrived at 11am.

Bad news: Annoyingly the car park was locked shut and we had to park a little further along the road. We thought that by the time we got there the monument would sure to be open, and

Good News: it gave the boys a chance to ride their bikes.2boysnbikes

and for us to have a walk and enjoy the views

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if we hadn’t made this walk we would not have come across this wonderful stone seatseatinviting us to …
be still breathe close your eyes

andlisten

Just perfect on such a day.

The view was hazy looking out towards the Isle of Portlandhazy

but the sun was gloriously warm and the boys had fun cycling across the heath amongst the gorse and the heatherheathoffand in the old quarryhurray

where the boys (both big and little) had fun climbing up the slopes.

Have you been on a walk in your neck of the woods recently? Leave a link in the comments if you’d like to, I’d love to walk along with you.

16 responses to “Wednesday Walk – Hardy’s Monument

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  2. Channeling my inner Dr Seuss: Oh the things you will discover tromping in the places you never knew before.

    Those rocks are so cool. And to stumble upon them. Somehow, for me, discovering such things is so much more exhilarating when it by chance rather than by design.

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  3. Gorgeous area,. and beautiful views Daffy, 🙂

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  4. Lovely views! No walks for me, foot still in recovery! I thought it was going to be about Thomas Hardy!

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  5. Murtagh's Meadow

    Love the seat!

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  6. Another place for my Dorset holiday. Now where is the nearest bus stop?!

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    • On a bus I think you would probably need to go Portesham from Weymouth. There is then a walk up the hill to the monument, quite a haul but a lovely walk – and you can do a circular walk down through the valley and back to Portesham. You have given me an idea for my next walk!
      If you do come to Dorset, I’d be happy to come on a walk with you if you would like that.

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  7. Gorgeous walk, seems all the better though for a closed car park. The seat is quite beautiful.

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