The South Dorset Ridgeway is criss-crossed by a network of bridleways and quiet country lanes.
It is also part of the South West Coast Path national trail which provides a range of riding and cycling for all abilities.
Not to mention, if you do climb to the top of the Ridgeway you will be rewarded with some superb views over the Jurassic Coast and Dorset countryside!
The South Dorset Ridgeway has great rides for everyone.
The area is also crossed by two National Cycle Network routes (NCN 2 & 26). Weymouth has excellent traffic-free cycle routes leading to Dorchester which provide many access points to the landscape along the way, especially at Upwey.
Dorchester has excellent access to the Ridgeway via several routes including bridleways for off-road cyclists.
The traffic-free cycle lane along the Weymouth Relief Road to Upwey as well more challenging road cycling.
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.