Thorncombe Woods, Black Heath and Hardy's Birthplace

This magical Local Nature Reserve is a mixed woodland and heath and is listed on the Ancient Woodland Inventory. The 26 hectare 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 heath in restoration with its own herd of Dartmoor ponies. Running through the site is a well preserved Roman Road. This Scheduled Ancient Monument, would have stretched from Dorchester to Badbury Rings. Rushy Pond, famous from Thomas Hardy works, is home to amphibians and dragonflies and a hunting ground for resident grass snakes as well as being a watering hole for the ponies and other wildlife. The site is adjacent to Hardy's Cottage, birthplace of novelist and poet Thomas Hardy. Hardys Birthplace Visitor Centre at the entrance to the site hosts displays, a ranger workshop, café, shop and toilet facilities.

Park Facilities

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