• Visit Thomas Hardy's birthplace and the town house he designed and lived in until his death
  • Enjoy a private tour of the lovely home of the Earl and Countess of Sandwich, a location in the 2015 Far From the Madding Crowd movie
  • Visit the world's only managed colony of nesting mute swans
  • Hike a spectacular stretch of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site
  • Visit a privately owned former watermill with a special garden in a tiny hamlet and have a cup of tea with the owner

It really is still possible to be Far from the Madding Crowd in rural Dorset. Thomas Hardy used the towns and villages he knew and loved for the backdrop to his novels and poetry and we follow in his footsteps to find a landscape where little has changed in a century or more. We hike quiet lanes, past thatched cottages and through delightful villages, market towns and tiny harbors. We get a magnificent view from the sea of the 185 million years of the earths history in the stunning Jurassic Coast cliffs and coast.

"It's fabulous; you meet interesting people, so well-planned, such fun"
Terrain: Pastoral countryside, coastal walking, village lanes and some hills. 7-12 miles walking per day.


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(Single Supplement $565.00)
Our Wayfarers friends Price is $4,270.00


From Oct 8 to Oct 14 (more dates)
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Arrival: Crewkerne Rail Station
Departure: Dorchester South Rail Station


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Thomas Hardy's Dorset October 2017 Map

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What Is Included in the Price of My Vacation

  • Full-time services of two staff - a Walk Leader and Walk Manager
  • A backup vehicle for resting walkers and moving luggage
  • Comprehensive Travel Information Package and Reading List
  • Diverse itineraries with an emphasis on history, geography, culture, peoples, flora and fauna
  • Demonstrations, wine tasting, admissions to museums and historic sites
  • All ground transfers (ferries, cable cars, trains, etc.)
  • Maps and unique souvenirs to commemorate your trip
  • First-class accommodations with cultural and historical interest
  • All meals - with choices - (Special dietary requirements? No problem!)
  • Wine with dinner
  • On-trail snacks and refreshments
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants