Hardy Monument Circular

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From the heights of Black Down Heath where stands the lofty Hardy Monument, this walk takes footpaths and bridleways that give spectacular views over splendid Dorset landscape. The route circles round and down to run beside Corton Hill and along Hell Bottom, then back to the monument in wonderful heathland. The monument, now National Trust, was erected to the memory of Rear-Admiral Sir Thomas Masterman Hardy, best known as Captain Hardy of Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson's flagship, Victory. He was the faithful friend of Nelson who in his dying moments uttered those infamous words, "Kiss me Hardy", after he was fatally wounded at the Battle of Trafalgar.

England - South West England - Dorset - Countryside


Ancient Monument, Birds, Butterflies, Flowers, Great Views, Hills or Fells, National Trust, Wildlife, Woodland
11/1/2020 - Kaye Leggett

Nice walk. There is now a path between points 1 and 2 which means you don't need to walk down the road. There is also off road parking at point 2 which was better for us as the NT car park entrance is very very narrow i.e.less than 2 metres.

10/28/2008 - Sylvia Saunders

Thoroughly enjoyed this well described walk. Fabulous views - we could see for miles, all around. All gates and stiles dog friendly too. Thank you! Sylvia, Tony and Jagger (the dog!)

3/28/2008 - JEAN HALLS

Parking is not always open at Hardys Mounument in the Winter

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