Hardy’s Hills (Dorset)

Hardy’s Monument, Dorset (Hardy, of ‘Kiss me, Hardy’ fame … Admiral Lord Nelson died in his arms, on the deck of ‘Victory’.)

This 35-mile tour is described in ‘Lost Lanes West’, a guidebook describing thirty-six cycling tours, which cover many of the most scenic places in the southwest of England. The guide is written by Jack Thurston, who has written other guides covering both the south of England and Wales. By all accounts, more will be in the offing in due course. I do hope so. Jack also produces The Bike Show, which is an excellent cycling podcast.

The ‘Hardy’ of the title refers to the writer Thomas Hardy, who lived in Dorset and drew inspiration for his writing from it’s landscape. The tour visits places that Hardy himself would have explored, including Dorset’s rugged ‘Jurassic’ coastline.

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