• Cranborne Chase AONB Office, Rushmore Farm, Tinkley Bottom, Tollard Royal, Wiltshire, SP5 5QA  Tel: 01725 517417

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.

Fonthill Woods- David Blake
Stourhead- Tracy Adams
Looking towards Sutton Veny - Tony Braime
Cranborne Chase Downland
Stourhead Gardens - an iconic landmark within the Cranborne Chase AONB
Tisbury - capital of the Cranborne Chase AONB
East Farm Middle Down Wiltshire
The Fovant Badges - Cranborne Chase
View from Win Green - Cranborne Chase

What makes the AONB special? Local residents and visitors tell us...

"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'

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