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Walk In The Shoes Of A First World War Soldier

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8:17am 3rd June 2013

A young volunteer group in Dorset want you to walk through local history with them.

The Dorset Youth Association have created a project called 'Walking in their Shoes' where you can trek the same route as a First World War soldier or a Saxon pilgrim.

It's supported by the Heritage lottery, Church of England, Hillfield Friary, the Military Keep Museum, The Tank Museum, The Dorset History Centre and The Dorset County Museum.

The 15 month project will run from July 2013 to September 2014 and the group will share their routes with the public by setting history treasure hunts using GPS technology, there will be actual treasure boxes along the way.

Charlotte Johnson, who volunteers with the group, told Wessex FM she wants everyone to get involved, "We've made access for people who aren't necessarily able to walk or can't walk all the way. There are people here with disabilities and we're integrating them with those who don't, and we all get along fine, you learn how to communicate and it's an amazing group. I think we've made friends that will just be with us forever really, but we are trying to get other people into the group. The whole walk can be for anybody really."

Lee Burnett who is a young trustee at DYA, project volunteer and a care worker described one of the routes for us, "Blackdown and then along to Moreton, which is the area where you've got a lot of ancient burial sites as well. This route is what we suspect the first Bishop of Salisbury would have walked. I'm not religious, but I enjoy it because it clears my head and gets me out and about. We're hoping there's something for everyone on these walks."

For more information you can check out their blog here.

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