Strangely, Thomas Hardy was embarrassed by his humble origins, although the cottage where he lived throughout his childhood for much of his early adult life is very attractive and much photographed, as well as being situated in a beautiful location. It must have been more beautiful in Hardy's day, when the land immediately behind it was the beginning of a huge expanse of heath (the Egdon Heath of some of his novels), instead of being planted with silly Christmas trees - a mistake made by the Forestry Commission when they ruined so much of Dorset's extensive heathlands by covering them with these unappealing trees. Hardy wrote 'Under the Greenwood Tree' and 'Far from the Madding Crowd' when living in this cottage.
The half mile woodland walk from the car park to the cottage is delightful, as the path takes you through a proper well established wood, mostly of deciduous trees.
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