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"