The walk will be guided by Dr Tony Fincham and Alistair Chisholm. It will start at Max Gate, following in Hardy's footsteps across the fields and the wooded Came Down to Winterbourne Came Church, where William Barnes was rector and where he is buried. On the return route the walk will pass William Barnes' rectory and on the return there will be the chance to tour Max Gate.
Max Gate was designed by Hardy and built by his brother and father. Thomas Hardy lived in the house from 1885 until his death in 1928. William Barnes lived at Came Rectory from 1862 until his death in 1886.
Dr Tony Fincham is the author of Hardy's Landscape Revisited and Exploring Thomas Hardy's Wessex
Alistair Chisholm is Town Crier of Dorchester and an experienced tour manager and guide.
The walk is about 2.5 miles and will take approximately 2 hours.
Sunday 22nd October 9.30am
It is really great to have a Literary Festival in Dorchester and I really appreciate all the hard work that goes into making it happen.
Paul was an excellent interviewer, and I loved the format. Great audience, acoustics...
I sip my Dorset tea and just wanted to say thanks so much for the invitation to the lit fest - I thoroughly enjoyed it...
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A really enjoyable and unusual event. I got a good feeling from it. And am so glad the Festival in general has gone well.