The Hardy Monument

The summer holidays are here, and my main plan to save my sanity is to be out of the house as much as possible. My youngest can be a proper handful in the house at the moment, tantrums and demanding this that and the other – get him out somewhere and he is a delight.

Today we have a dog on loan, so eldest, youngest, said dog and I went up to the nearby Hardy Monument. This 72 foot tower  stands on an exposed location not too far from us in Dorset. It was built in 1844 in memory of Vice-Admiral Sir Thomas Masterman Hardy, Flag Captain of HMS Victory at the Battle of Trafalgar and as well as being striking itself, it’s position atop a hill offers virtually panoramic views across Dorset fields and as far as the sea.

You can go up the tower. And I am sure it offers even more incredible views, but at 120 steps high, and with small chap and dog in tow, we decided not to bother, and instead took in the breathtaking views and then had a stroll through the surrounding countryside. Be warned, I have rarely been here without it being blowy – hold onto your hats!! Well worth the damage to your hair style for the utter gorgeousness of the views and walks on offer (mind you, I always look like I have been dragged through a hedge anyway!). And here are the snaps to prove how lovely it is:-


hardy monument dorset

heathland dorset

springer spaniel - albie

view down to the sea hardy monument

syd at hardy monument


kids and dog

walking near hardy monument



The Hardy Monument is a National Trust property located not far from Dorchester in Dorset. The car park and monument are open 10-4.30 daily (weather permitting) and parking costs £1 an hour, and entry to the monument is £2 per person, children go free. For more info check the webpage here. There are currently no toilets or refreshments available – but plans are afoot for a mobile snack van. A top spot for blowing away the cobwebs!

Love Miss Cisco XXX




  1. July 23, 2015 / 11:12 am

    What absolutely stunning pictures and a gorgeous place to visit!

  2. July 23, 2015 / 1:48 pm

    Such lovely photos! We don’t break up until the end of this week but my plan for the summer is pretty much the same. Get out and enjoy the fresh air as much as possible x
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  3. July 23, 2015 / 2:41 pm

    Looks so much fun. Definitely pays to get children out and about in the holidays.

  4. July 23, 2015 / 4:29 pm

    Gorgeous photos. You’ll laugh at me, but I always used to think it was for Thomas Hardy the writer!

    • July 23, 2015 / 10:57 pm

      We have 3 famous Hardys in Dorchester just to be confusing! The writer, the one mentioned above of Victory fame and then another Thomas Hardye who was some sort of pirate type figure who founded a school for poor boys – and who our town senior school is named after!
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  5. July 23, 2015 / 10:47 pm

    Fab photo;s. I wonder how many more people are doing Nelson Impressions now! Only me! Mini is being a terror at the moment
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    • July 24, 2015 / 9:17 am

      haha I like your style – I think more parenting should be done in the style on famous leaders, just for comedy value!

  6. July 26, 2015 / 8:50 am

    Oh, Sonya, gorgeous pictures! and having a dog to babysit is ideal if you are an animal lover but have other small charges to care for now :-).xx
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  7. July 28, 2015 / 11:48 am

    its lovely when you can go for a nice walk out with great scenery

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