Coming across the monument to Vice-Admiral Hardy was accident rather than design.
On one of our planned jaunts to see St Catherines Chapel we passed a National Trust sign and decided to take a detour. We were glad we did as the views from here are spectacular. The car park itself was locked up on a cold but beautifully sunny day in January, and sitting on a narrow lane with passing places we were limited to where we could park. There were a couple of areas near the entrance which weren’t exactly off road, but were enough to keep the car out of the way.
This monument is exactly that, nothing to write home about in itself, a tall stone built tower atop a very remote and exposed location near the village of Porteshead. The National Trust website states….
It was built in 1844 in memory of Vice-Admiral Sir Thomas Masterman Hardy, Flag Captain of HMS Vicotry at the Battle of Trafalger.
Trafalger, a naval battle fought by the British Royal Navy against the combined forces of France and Spain during the Napoleonic Wars. Twenty seven British ships, led by Admiral Lord Nelson aboard the HMS Victory defeated thirty-seven of the opposing navies ships. Lord Nelson died in that battle and he died in the arms of Hardy. With his dying breath he is reputed to have whispered the words ‘Kiss Me Hardy’.
However, despite its none inspiring looks, its location is what makes it visit-worthy. On a clear and bright day you can see all the way to the coast, and due to its location it has 360 degree views of heath and heather, villages and sea. In fact whilst we were there a couple of guys were making a film aboard their drone for the local council, the views are that beautiful and far reaching.