Experts tell us the South Dorset Ridgeway is as important as Stonehenge and Avebury for the sheer scale of barrows, henges, hillforts and stone circles that we can still see here today. With over 1000 ancient sites, this ridge of land between Dorchester, Weymouth and Bridport must be one of Dorset’s best kept secrets!
Please join us to find out more about the 'Land of Bone and Stone' (aka the South Dorset Ridgeway). Through talks and optional walks (and lots of tea and cake!) you can find out about the history, wildlife and geology that make the area so special – and how local action really can make a difference.
Depending on your time and interest, you can choose from:
2pm: GUIDED WALKING TOUR around Black Down - our experts in archaeology (Steve Wallis, Dorset County Council), geology (Sam Scriven, Jurassic Coast Team) and wildlife (Russell Goff, Ridgeway Ranger) give their insights into the Land of Bone and Stone
3.30pm: TALKS AND TEAS at Martinstown Village Hall
John Gale (Bournemouth University) and Steve Wallis will share his views on what makes this a nationally important archaeological landscape
Marie McLeish reports on opportunities for young people learn more and our arts partners about bringing the landscape to life
Case Studies from communities making a real difference to their local heritage in the South Dorset Ridgeway to inspire you
'Marketplace' of South Dorset Ridgeway Landscape Partnership projects and things you can sign up to
Free tea and cake provided by Dorset Food & Drink
5.30pm: GUIDED WALKING TOUR along the South Dorset Ridgeway with Steve Wallis and John Gale, revealing the secrets of Bronkham Hill as the sun goes down
WE'RE SORRY BUT THE GUIDED WALKING TOURS ARE NOW FULLY BOOOKED. WE ARE WORKING OUT ALTERNATIVES, SO PLEASE DO JOIN THE WAITING LIST FOR THE 2PM WALK AND WE WILL CONTACT YOU AS SOON AS PLACES BECOME AVAILABLE.
This FREE event is being run by the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Partnership to show off the achievements and opportunities of one of their major projects - the South Dorset Ridgeway Landscape Partnership, which is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Anyone is very welcome to come along but BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
Parking is available at Martinstown Village Hall car park and on the main road, though please consider local residents. TravelDorset can help you plan your journey, including timetables for the X51 bus. The Guided Walking Tours will leave from Martinstown Village Hall and transport will be provided, though booking is essential.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
No, save on paper - we will have your name on a doorlist!
What can/can't I bring to the event?
If you are taking part in a Guided Walk, you will need strong shoes or boots and be prepared for wind and rain if forecast.