View across South Dorset Ridgeway credit Sue MAcpherson ARPS

South Dorset Ridgeway

These pages present a wealth of information and multi-media material about the South Dorset Ridgeway and were produced as part of the South Dorset Ridgeway Heritage Project which ran from 2009-11 and was supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund

All of the information on these pages is up-to-date, relevant and fascinating so please do explore!  But if you are looking for up and coming events and projects to join in with look at the South Dorset Ridgeway Partnership link in the 'our work' menu above.  The South Dorset Ridgeway Landscape Partnership Scheme builds on and follows on from the Heritage Project and is expected to run from summer 2013-18.

6000 years of marks on the land

The South Dorset Ridgeway is outstanding and is considered by many experts to be as important as Stonehenge and Avebury for revealing the lives of our ancestors. The ridge of high land running parallel with the coast, between Weymouth and Dorchester has been an important place for people since the Neolithic (4,000 – 2,000 BC) and has over 1,000 ancient monuments that record the history of the Ridgeway since that time.

Like Stonehenge but without the crowds...

There are a number of ways in which you can explore the Ridgeway for yourself. Why not take a walk in some beautiful countryside with outstanding views, listen to anAudio Trail or watch one of the short filmsthat were produced as part of an earlier project. Visit our South Dorset Ridgeway Heritage Project Archive for information about some of the things that have already happened on, in and around the Ridgeway.

Contact the Dorset AONB Countryside Officer for further information.