Walks Around The Casterbridge, Dorchester

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Dorchester is compact enough that the average person can walk to most of the local attractions. These statues by Elizabeth Frink stand in South Walks, one of the pedestrian avenues that follow the line of Dorchester's Roman walls and surround the town on three sides. The river Frome closes the fourth side of the town and the riverside path completes a fascinating circular walk.

Elizabeth Frink Statues DorchesterBockhampton BridgeRiver Walk

Within an hour's walk are many other delightful places. Why not spend a day exploring on foot. You might take the riverside footpath to Bockhampton and pause at Stinsford Church where the heart of Thomas Hardy lies buried. A little further on at Higher Bockhampton Thomas Hardy's cottage lies in the fringes of Thornecombe Wood which is especially lovely in springtime when it is thick with bluebells.

You can return through Kingston Maurward Agricultural College and take refreshment in the restuarant, explore the gardens or simply rest beside the lake before the homeward stretch. With an overall distance of little more than six miles the day can be modified at will and it's quite reassuring to know there's a taxi nearby should you find you've been too ambitious. Ask reception to provide the phone numbers before you go!