Black Down is the highest point on the ridge and home to the Hardy Monument.
It is also owned by Dorset County Council (acquired with the help of the Patsy Wood Trust).
This is a special place for people to explore and enjoy. Why don't you come and see for yourself?
Black Down has an excellent network of walking trails. They provide a great range of walks through the woods and over the open heath.
Black Down's height affords excellent views over the Jurassic Coast and Portland. It also supports wildlife like the Nightjar and Raven.
Upcoming work, new parking & trails 2014 - 2016
Dorset County Council, with support from the Landscape Partnership, is creating a new car park! Are you as excited as us? You should be!
We are incorporating new landscape-inspired sculpture, too.
The car park will link to the Hardy Monument as well as existing trails.
Dorset Countryside - The County's Countryside Ranger Service - is improving the heathland habitat for wildlife and the National Trust have recently completed a major restoration programme on the Hardy Monument.
There has never been a better time to visit Black Down!
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.