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If you would like a day out in the fresh air, in a lovely countryside setting with a friendly group of fellow volunteers, why not join us for some stress-busting scrub-bashing and give yourself and wildlife a boost.  We are out and about on most Thursdays throughout the winter, managing scrub on the Ridgeway's iconic chalk grassland sites and Bronze Age barrows, and we are always delighted to welcome new people, whether experienced or completely new to conservation volunteering, so do get in touch for more details.

Please contact Jill Hearing for further information:

Email:   or phone: 01305 228273

You can see photos of our events on our Flickr pages: Land of Bone & Stone on Flickr


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This August we are delighted to launch two new walking maps and an accompanying field guide to the Ridgeway, produced by local artist Amanda Wallwork, a renowned painter whose captivating work draws on the themes in Dorset's landscape.

Amanda has been busy over the summer drawing and painting a series of new maps for the Ridgeway, the first two of the series of six are now ready to publish.  The maps are based on hand drawn, original artwork but are also geographically correct.  All maps are designed with a specific purpose and with these our aim is to highlight the rich landscape heritage of the Ridgeway, so archaeology, geology, old routeways and local place names take centre stage.  The self-guided walking routes have also been chosen with this in mind - and cracking views!

The maps will be distributed through various local outlets and are currently available at Dorchester and Bridport Tourist Information Centres, but will be circulated more widely as more become available.  In the meantime, if you can't wait to get your hands on a pack email and we will post you one.

Alternatively the maps and field guide can also be downloaded as pdf from our website.


What histories, what stories would these stones, and ancient barrows tell us if they could talk?

What legends, fairy tales, local myths and oral histories have been woven into and around the landscape? What natural and created sounds can be heard high on the skyline underground, along footpaths, ancient tracks, and whispering woodlands?

In a ground-breaking new project as part of the South Dorset Landscape Partnership (The Land of Bone and Stone), a series of smartphone Apps have been developed which allows you to experience this universe for yourself!

walkiing south dorset ridgewayPartners SATSYMPH have laid out a series of sound-pools in 7 evocative locations along the South Dorset Ridgeway. Access the sound-pools by downloading an app onto your smartphone, plus background maps, and head out to any of the 7 locations. Once there, open the app, plug your headphones in and wander. Your smartphone automatically senses the sound-hotspots through GPS and opens out the sound experience. 

Land Bone Stone Apps 1-3 were made by the 3-man artistic collective SATSYMPH working with DIVAcontemporary, Sir John Colfox School (Bridport), Beaminster School, Weymouth College and Dorset Studio School, InsideOut Dorset, Artmusic, Frances Aitken and members of the public.

Guides to accompany the Apps:

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lbs-app2.pdf2.32 MB

 lbs-app3.pdf2.5 MB

Links to download the Apps, from:

Google Play

and itunes:

Then let us know what you think of them...



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