Amazingly, the landscape we live in today still holds monuments built by the people who lived here in the Bronze Age. Many of these are ceremonial monuments built to honour and house the remains of their dead.
2500 years ago this was one of the most important ceremonial lands in Europe, but today few people realise quite how important this Ridgeway was.
Could you help us preserve and showcase this special place?
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Now that the frosts have arrived and winter is finally here, come and join us for some stress-busting, spirit-lifting scrub-bashing on the South Dorset Ridgeway – and give yourself and our wildlife a boost! Visit our Events page for more details.
Ever fancied learning the traditional craft of hedgelaying? Then we have just the thing for you! Come and learn how to lay a hedge Dorset-style in a beautiful hidden valley near Long Bredy. Tempted? Visit our Events page for more details.
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.
Hedges are vital for wildlife, providing food, shelter, and corridors between different sites and habitats - but they are fast disappearing in the modern countryside. So come and join us to learn the traditional craft of hedgelaying in a beautiful hidden valley of the Ridgeway and help restore these distinctive features of our landscape. No experience required (though always welcome!) Please note the site is quite remote and there are no facilities of any kind!
There is no charge but places are limited and booking is essential, please contact Jill Hearing for further information: