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After our strenuous walk yesterday we thought we take life a little easier by driving along the coast towards Lyme Regis through some of the small villages. As we drove through the quaint village of Abbotsbury we saw a sign to Hardy’s Monument so we decided we would explore.

We discovered that the Hardy Monument stands high on Blackdown Hill just above the small village of Portesham. The monument was not for Thomas Hardy the author but built in 1844 in memory of Vice-Admiral Sir Thomas Masterman Hardy, Flag Captain of HMS Victory at the Battle of Trafalgar. Amongst other things, Hardy became famous as it was in his arms that Nelson died, saying the immortal words 'Kiss me Hardy'.

Admiral Hardy lived in Portesham and his family owned the Portesham estate which stretched from the middle of Portesham to Blackdown Hill. The family wanted a location where a monument could be used as a landmark for shipping – hence the hill. The monument is 72ft high and is shaped like a spyglass. The monument has been shown on navigational charts since 1846 and is visible from a distance of 100 kilometres.

There were some great views from the top.

After lunch we headed further along the coast and found an overlook with views of Chesil Beach a very strange beach. The beach is a two hundred yard wide and fifty foot high bank of pebbles that extends for eighteen miles. It encloses a lagoon called The Fleet.

We continued along the road to Lyme Regis before returning back to base.

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