New walk maps & field guide to the Ridgeway
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 can also be downloaded as pdf from our website.
#YourArchaeology on the South Dorset Ridgeway
Local people asked to help understand 2500 new archaeological sites in Dorset.
A unique project has identified 2500 new archaeological sites on the South Dorset Ridgeway, just one of the exceptional landscapes that make up the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Using aerial photography, archaeologists have been able to record a rich tapestry of sites previously hidden beneath the soil. Now local people are being given the chance to increase our depth and understanding of these places.
So far the National Mapping Project (funded by Historic England, carried out by Cornwall Archaeology Unit and archived by the Historic Environment Record) has demonstrated how people throughout time, lived and worked in the South Dorset Ridgeway landscape. Some of the most important discoveries are dozens of new Bronze Age round barrows, showing that the South Dorset Ridgeway contains a greater density of prehistoric burial monuments than the Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site. Changing methods of farming, from 2500 years ago until today, are also evident; particularly important are 39 water meadows systems. The research has also identified many more recent remains such as those from World War II.
With support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the South Dorset Ridgeway Landscape Partnership are holding a series of practical, archaeological, events for the public. Stepping beyond aerial photography and desk-based research these will physically record archaeological sites, both those identified through aerial photography and new ones highlighted by the public. This will provide a richer understanding of the importance of the South Dorset Ridgeway. All the information gathered will be used to update the Historic Environment Record, the main archive archaeologists use to understand local landscapes.
Hayley Roberts, Community Archaeologist for the South Dorset Ridgeway Landscape Partnership said:
“The South Dorset Ridgeway is a special place, getting Ridgeway communities involved will not only be great fun, but also invaluable in helping understand these new sites and their importance to local people. We have data to record from medieval settlements to World War II remains, all super exciting!”
What's hidden in the hills?
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!
Partners 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:
Links to download the Apps, from:
Then let us know what you think of them...