The South Dorset Ridgeway is a very special place, not least for the huge amount of ancient history still to be found here. It holds so many enigmatic Bronze Age burial mounds, dramatic Iron Age hill forts and other remains from pre-history that experts say it is on a par with the landscape of Stone Henge.
And yet very few people know about it.
The South Dorset Ridgeway forms a part of the South West Coast Path long distance walking trail, sits on the world renowned rocks and looks over the Jurassic Coast, supports fascinating wild plants & animals, has rich cultural connections such as Thomas Hardy and provides some of the best British produce.
This is why we call it the Land of Bone & Stone. Landscape, Archaeology, Geology and the natural world.
Spring has sprung, the birds are busy nesting, and we are putting down our billhooks and our bowsaws and taking up our id guides and clipboards to survey the flora of the Ridgeway. The more we know about the wildlife on our patch, the better able we are to look after it, so take a look at our Events page to see what's coming up and join us if you can.
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.