Schoolchildren experienced a special visit to the Hardy Monument.

The National Trust opened allowed 25 children from Portesham Primary School and their teachers access to the Hardy Monument in west Dorset this week.

Each child was handed a torch and allowed to climb the 120 steps within the tower, all the way to the viewing platform at the top.

Elizabeth Flight, partnership and programming officer at the National Trust, said: “The children loved seeing inside the tower and were rewarded with incredible views from the top.

“Despite it being very windy everyone loved being 850ft above sea level.

"It’s been a pleasure working with the local primary school and inviting them to the monument to learn about their local history.”

Dorset Echo: The Hardy MonumentThe Hardy Monument (Image: The National Trust)

The 72-foot-high Hardy Monument has been owned by the National Trust since 1938 and was built in memory of Vice Admiral Sir Thomas Hardy, the man whose arms Lord Horatio Nelson died in after muttering the immortal words ‘Kiss me Hardy.’

Elizabeth said: “It was also lovely to have Rev Margaret Preuss-Higham join the school trip from St Peter’s Church in Portesham.

"She was part of the team who did a charity abseil down the Hardy Monument in 2018 in aid of The Royal British Legion.”

The National Trust hope to open the Hardy Monument to visitors more often next year and are asking people to get in touch if they are interested in volunteering at the special site.

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