Welcome to the Cranborne Chase AONB
This nationally designated AONB covers 380 sq miles of countryside overlapping the boundaries of Wiltshire, Dorset, Hampshire and Somerset.
It is a diverse landscape offering areas of rolling chalk grassland, ancient woodlands, chalk escarpments, downland hillsides and chalk river valleys each with a distinct and recognisable character. The landscapes of the AONB today, as they were in the past, are extraordinarily rich.
What makes the AONB special as described by local residents and visitors:
"Rolling downland and pretty villages which provide tranquility and opportunity for quiet recreation"
"An ancient royal hunting area now populated by small picturesque villages in a large open landscape dissected by clear rivers and streams"
Chalk Downs - Martin Down and Bokerley Dyke 'It is special to me because it is the only place where you can walk, totally surrounded by chalk grassland and downland evoking what the landscape may have been like in the past when flocks of sheep were the key source of wealth and the downland landscapes supporting those sheep were extensive. Bokerley Dyke and other archaeological features provide a link to an even more distant past'