- 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.
Winter Opening Hours:
The Visitor Centre is open daily from 10am - 4pm except for Christmas. If you wish to visit Hardy's Cottage this is open Thursday to Sunday (10 - 4, last entry 3:15 at Visitor Centre).
Contact Hardy's Birthplace Visitor Centre and Woodland
Visitor Centre, Higher Bockhampton, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 8QJ