The landscape of the Cranborne Chase is both dramatic and incredibly varied as well as being steeped in history.
This sought-after area is still made up of large agricultural estates lying predominantly to the south of the Chalke Valley & Shaftesbury stretching towards Blandford. The downs are named after the village of Cranborne; the word “chase” comes from the hunts once frequented by royalty.
In 2019 the Cranborne Chase AONB was designated an International Dark Sky Reserve – the first in the UK. Popular villages include Ashmore, Tollard Royal, Farnham, Stubhampton and those throughout the Tarrant Valley. The area has a number of thriving village and farm shops. Known for its tranquil beauty and open spaces it’s a bit of a drive to the nearest railway station!
Great local pubs include:
- The King John – Tollard Royal
- The Museum – Farnham
- The Fleurs de Lys Inn – Cranborne
Sandroyd & Clayesmore.