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:-
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