Cranborne Chase

The landscape of the Cranborne Chase is both dramatic and incredibly varied as well as being steeped in history.

Overview

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

Private Schools

Sandroyd & Clayesmore.

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