Dorset’s ancient hinterland is synonymous for its beautiful villages, and wild countryside - and is possibly lesser known than its coastal neighbours. This magical county has inspired many, so what better way to explore it than through words? What inspiration lies in thousands of years of the earth beneath our feet? A new project will help you to do just that. The South Dorset Ridgeway Poetry Parks are part of the GPS Soundscape App family, through which people can discover, explore and gain new insight into this incredible landscape.

Developed by soundscape specialists SATSYMPH, including composer Marc Yeats and acclaimed landscape Poet Ralph Hoyte - workshops were held with adults and children from local schools, with storyteller Martin Maudsley and produced for The South Dorset Ridgeway Landscape Partnership. 

Dorset's Stunning Countryside

The apps are sited at two of our most prominent Iron Age Hill forts, Eggardon Hill (seaward partition) and Maiden Castle. Miles of living history embedded in the rocks and footpaths for you to enjoy. We believe the project is one of the very first in the country and certainly the first in the West Country; get involved and you can be part of something new and amazing for Dorset!

The Poetry Parks are accessed through the use of smart phones; using GPS roaming technology.

Creator Marc Yeats says:

“It’s such a cool concept, and you really don’t have to be a history nut to really enjoy the experience.  Anyone who loves the outdoors, will be swept along, and there is so much to discover!”

Sheep grazing on an Iron Age Hillfort in Dorset

Poems and content are hidden across these sites, encouraging visitors to truly engage with the area, explore the ramparts and lesser-walked parts to find  the work.

The apps can be downloaded here for you to enjoy as you explore these glorious rural countryside locations.


Maiden Castle
Historic Site
Maiden Castle, an Iron age hill-fort near Dorchseter, Dorset

The finest and one of the largest Iron Age hill forts in Europe.

Eggardon Hillfort
National Trust Property
Eggardon Hillfort (photo credit National Trust)

Eggardon Hill is an iron-age hillfort which, arguably, has one of the finest views of any hill-fort in the county.

South Dorset Ridgeway
Walking Route
View from Abbotsbury of Chesil Beach and the Fleet lagoon - copyright Vertiworks

Part of the South West Coast Path National Trail, the 17 mile (27.5km) South Dorset Ridgeway walk begins at West Bexington and passes through the ceremonial landscape of South Dorset, finishing at Osmington Mills. You will be following in the footsteps of the people who lived here over 6,000 years ago. With the exception of one or two short sections, the route has amazing views of the Jurassic Coast for the majority of the trail.



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