A prominent National Trust-owned statue with fantastic views and walks.
Hardy’s Monument is a statue erected in 1844 in memory of Vice-Admniral Sir Thomas Masterman Hardy, Flag-Captain of HMS Victory at the Battle of Trafalgar. The monument is located at one of the highest points in Dorset and is owned by the National Trust. Occasionally it is opened and you can climb the stairs within for even better views over Weymouth, Chesil Beach and the Bridge Valley.
There is a free car park, a picnic area, walking trails, heathland, woodland and amazing views. It’s a great location for a picnic or a walk along the South Dorset Ridgeway. Walking trails can be found on the Dorset AONB website.