On Top Of The World

Saturday morning we went to a children’s birthday party in a village hall. 30 kids and a bouncy castle, hot, sweaty and very noisy. While it was fun, it left us in need of the opposite – space and fresh air, so we headed up to the nearby Hardye’s monument to take in the views and blow away the stuffiness.


view at hardyes monument

One Small Boy On Top Of The World


On a clear day you can see 5 counties from this high point in the Dorset countryside, and the views down to the sea at Weymouth are beautiful. It is always, without fail, windy – so it is the perfect spot if you need to cool down in Summer, but wrap up warm on all but the hottest of days.


the view from hardye's monument

the view from hardyes monument


A small wander from the top finds a natural hollow, a perfect windbreak for respite from the chilly breeze. It’s walls are lined with gorse and the floor littered with large stones, perfect for spelling your name – or in this case building a pretend campfire.


sticks and stones

building a stone fire



hardye's monument

hardye's monument walking

hardye's monument bench


A gorgeous place for an adventure,

Love Miss Cisco XXX



  1. April 25, 2016 / 11:33 am

    Wow that is beautiful and what stunning pictures, I love this time of year with the changing colours and weather. Makes for an interesting adventure, I do love gorse, have you ever smelt it? Smells like coconut 🙂

  2. April 25, 2016 / 11:49 am

    Some great #cloudporn here Sonya!! You have captured the great British outdoors really beautifully.

  3. April 25, 2016 / 3:42 pm

    Thanks for sharing your fabulous photos. I hope the walk helped you to recover after the party x

  4. April 25, 2016 / 4:36 pm

    A much better place to go than a children’s party! I always feel absolutely frazzled after a kid’s party.

  5. April 25, 2016 / 4:42 pm

    OH yes, I’d much rather be there than at a stuffy children’s party! The views are amazing and your photos beautiful.

  6. April 25, 2016 / 7:33 pm

    What beautiful views, and such lovely photographs too – a nice place to go and get away from it all.

  7. April 25, 2016 / 10:45 pm

    Gorgeous photos and a lovely place to be out exploring together. Seeing 5 counties is really impressive, I wonder if this is the only point where you can do this? Hope you’ll join me for #CountryKids

  8. April 26, 2016 / 9:10 am

    It looks beautiful and I know exactly what you mean about needing some peace after the craziness of a kids’ party!

  9. April 26, 2016 / 11:13 pm

    Beautiful pictures. I feel the same and hate birthday parties and all those kids shouting. I love being able to go for some time out with the boys and clear the cobwebs

  10. April 27, 2016 / 1:19 pm

    I have only ever driven past it but we have vowed to take the stairs to the top this year

  11. April 27, 2016 / 9:56 pm

    Such gorgeous pictures and description of the place, I could almost feel the wind reading it!xx

  12. April 28, 2016 / 12:16 pm

    Wow look at those views! So beautiful! Gorgeous photos!! Love his hat x

  13. April 29, 2016 / 7:34 am

    OOOH I am all for outdoors and exploring x love the pics

  14. May 4, 2016 / 10:42 pm

    That view is magnificent, we love getting out into nature.

  15. May 9, 2016 / 5:15 pm

    What a glorious glorious place, it just makes me smile! I adore wide open spaces and children’s parties definitely fall into that “I need air” category don’t they. What a fabulous contrast, you must have felt like a million dollars! X

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