Thursday, 18 December 2014

Press Release: Walking in their Shoes gets People Walking

18 December 2014

The Walking in their Shoes team, a youth-led project which brought together a mixture of 15-25 year olds to set an interactive history trail walking in the shoes of a First World War Soldier and the Anglo-Saxon monk, St. Aldhelm, are pleased to officially launch their collection of leaflets to promote their walks to the wider public and encourage them to walk along the route. The leaflets were designed by Wallis Agency in Poundbury, after the group received enthusiastic feedback from Geocaching participants about the contents of the history boxes.

The cache contents are all developed, researched and designed by volunteers in the project over the course of almost nine months. They feature a series of flashcards which contain detailed facts and stories about the life of a soldier from when he registered to join the frontline to the terrible realities of what life was like in the trenches. Participants can use a GPS device or a map and clues to locate the containers. Placed at specific locations relevant to this period in history, the caches will hopefully ensure that the memory of those who sacrificed their lives will be appreciated by people of all ages from our insightful walk through time. Dorchester Tourist Information Centre is the first in the county to distribute the leaflets designed to accompany the walk.

One Geocacher commented: “We enjoyed doing another one of this series: it is difficult to imagine what those first 2 weeks were like for soldiers. It is clear you have put a lot of work into this cache and series - you should feel very proud.”

Further positive feedback included: “The information on the cache page really brought the history of the soldier to life. I could picture what life would have been like. We are all so proud of all those who fought for us and it's a good time of the year to remember all who were involved and affected by all wars.”

Lorna Johnson, Project Officer for Walking in their Shoes, has been delighted with the feedback so far and said, “The young team worked really hard with partners at the Military Keep Museum and Bovington Tank Museum to put together a great walk. It is a great activity to do in Dorchester and Moreton and proves young people have a passion for their local heritage and are very successful at telling important local stories in new and exciting ways.”

The project is also launching its second walk in the county, and people will soon be able to walk in the shoes of St. Aldhelm, first Bishop of Sherborne. They shine a light on this important but little known Anglo Saxon hero from 705. oly man from 705HolHpplddHol;The trail will start in Sherborne and continue through Cerne Abbas, Wimborne Minster, Wareham and finish at St. Aldhelm’s Head.

Geocaching is an interactive and challenging activity where users go on an outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location. For more information, visit

To find out more about Walking in their Shoes, visit our website and blog Follow us on Twitter @DorsetWitS.


About Walking in their Shoes
Walking in their Shoes is a group of 20 strong volunteers, aged 15-25, who have researched and designed new activities for members of the public to engage in the history of Anglo Saxon and First World War Dorset. The project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.


Lorna Johnson, Project Officer, Walking in their Shoes
T: 01305 757027

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