Thorncombe Woods, Black Heath and Hardy's Birthplace

Set in the heart of Hardy Country, the Visitor Centre a gateway for local people and visitors alike to discover more about the life and works of Thomas Hardy and the local landscape. It is located on the edge of Thorncombe Wood and is a short walk from Hardy's Cottage, where he was born and lived until he was 34 years old.
The 26 hectare mixed woodland and heath site is home to a great diversity of trees including mature Oaks, Sweet Chestnut and Beech. The woodland gives way to Black Heath, an area of birch, gorse and heath with its own herd of Dartmoor ponies. Rushy Pond is a small watering hole for many birds, mammals, damselflies and dragonflies.

Park Facilities

Café/Restuarant
Events
Nature Reserve
Nature Walks
Parking
Picnic Area
Pond
Shop
Toilets
Visitor Centre
Walking Routes
Wildlife
Wildflower Area
Woodlands
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Managing Organisation
Dorset Council
Contact
Claire Platten
Telephone
01305 251228