Follow in the footsteps of Eustacia Vye

The Return of the Native - A Walk

Follow in the footsteps of Eustacia Vye

Sunday 16th April, The Hardy Visitor Centre, 10.00am

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A 3-4 mile walk on Egdon Heath in the footsteps of Eustacia Vye, visiting Rainbarrow, Mistover Knap & Blooms-end, with plentiful appropriate readings. Meet outside the Hardy Visitor Centre, beside Thorncombe Wood Car Park (NGR SY 724922) at 10.00 am. Led by THS Vice-Chairman Dr Tony Fincham.

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This walk is free but knowing numbers in advance would be greatly appreciated. Thus please book your place here:

Please ensure you wear appropriate clothing and footwear. The weather is unpredictable in April and there could be sections of mud.

Lunch afterwards may be purchased at the Visitor Centre.

*** There is a parking fee applicable at the Thorncombe Woods Visitor Centre car park of £1 per hour ***

*** Could all attendees who are also members of the National Trust please bring your membership card with you for entrance into the Bockhampton Cottage Gardens! ***

Please see the message below from walk guide Dr Tony Fincham:

I’m very much looking forward to welcoming you all on this walk which will be starting from outside the Hardy Visitor Centre at 10.00 am.

Parking is available in the adjoining Thorncombe Wood Car Park (NGR SY 724922). As the walk is well subscribed, I wanted to let you know that this is now a paying Car Park, costing one pound per hour. The walk will probably last between 2-3 hours. Although there is a card machine on site, it is currently out of action and therefore cash is needed.

Car sharing might be a good idea, where possible, because space is somewhat limited. When the then Dorset County Council erected the Visitor Centre in 2014, they planned to install a new car park just across Veteran’s Alley but this never happened.

Best wishes,

Tony Fincham. 28.3.23.


For enquiries please contact THS Secretary - Dr Tracy Hayes -


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Photo courtesy of Tony Fincham

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