Volunteers from around the country joined the county's own dry-stone wallers to work on a stretch of wall badly in need of repair.

Members of the Dry Stone Walling Association (DSWA) came to Dorset over the May Bank Holiday weekend to help repair the section of ancient wall on the South Dorset Ridgeway between Upwey and Martinstown, joining volunteers from Dorset conservation group EuCAN.

In total, more than 50 people took part in the 'wallathon', which commemorated the 10th birthday of the Dorset branch of the DSWA and the 50th anniversary of the national association. Volunteers came from as far afield as Durham, Cumbria and even the Netherland, and over the course of four days dismantled and completely rebuilt more than 60 metres of wall.

Sally Fielding, secretary of the Dorset branch of the DSWA, said the weekend had been enjoyable and successful. “The sun shone and it was great to see how people from very different backgrounds and with experience ranging from full-time professionals to absolute beginners could all achieve so much. Here’s to our next 10 years!”