The Hardy Way is one of the many fantastic well-maintained hiking paths that criss-cross Dorset. We walked a tiny portion of it yesterday from one of our favourite locations, Affpuddle Heath (one of the many small heaths in the area not far from Moreton, well-known for being the resting place of T E Lawrence (or Lawrence of Arabia). Lawrence's house Cloud Hills is also in the vicinity. It's a fantastic place to go for a walk at any season, and it is not far for us to drive either, so we often find ourselves there. At the moment, the roads are mad on the Dorset coast as soon as the sun shows itself, and therefore the woods and heaths are the perfect hiding place!
There, heather is in full bloom and the variety of trees and plants staggering; the smells in the air are heady, and it's a paradise for insects and birds...
In a field overlooking Adminston farm, just south of Athelhampton, we came across a memorial stone. The Van de Weyer family, from Belgium, owned nearby Clyffe House. Sylvain Van de Weyer was the first to arrive in the UK in around 1840 and he was the Belgian ambassador to the UK! His grandson, Adrian's father, bought the house in the 1920s. Adrian was killed in the siege of Calais, just before Dunkirk.
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