Did you know?
1.Shaftesbury is the only significant hilltop settlement in Dorset, being built about 215 metres (705 ft) above sea level on the edge of Cranborne Chase.
2.A Benedictine abbey once stood in the town overlooking the Blackmore Vale. It was built in 888 by Alfred the Great and was used as a nunnery.
3.Shaftesbury is synonymous with the famous author Thomas Hardy who was greatly inspired by north Dorset. The principal towns of Shaftesbury and Sherborne feature heavily in his novels.
HindonHindon is a charming village in the Cranborne Chase located off the A350 south of Warminster, about 10 miles west of Salisbury. Once an old market town, but now a busy village; its high street is lined with trees, pretty cottages and proudly boasts two very notable pubs.
Tollard RoyalSet on the very edge of Rushmore Park, Tollard Royal is an ancient and particularly picturesque village on Cranborne Chase. The King John Inn pub is named after King John who used to hunt through the forest and had his hunting lodge at Tollard. Tollard Royal is also in close proximity to the annual Larmer Tree music festival.
GillinghamGillingham is smaller in size than Shaftesbury and has a busy community with useful amenities including two large supermarkets, a sports centre, a few pubs and cafes, library and some high street retailers. One of its main benefits is the railway station which runs a direct service to London Waterloo.
Shaftesbury is a charming and rustic market town offering traditional shopping with great views.
Due to its size, the town lends itself well to a growing number of independent retailers giving locals and visitors plentiful choice of clothing, gifts and homeware. Don’t miss out and try the independent coffee shops and fresh market produce.
The Grosvenor Arms
A popular lunchtime meeting spot where you can sit in the pretty conservatory for afternoon tea, or enjoy a drink in the comfortably furnished bar.
La Fleur de Lys
Prides itself on using the finest local produce. All dishes are cooked fresh to order to cater to all tastes and diets.
The Salt Cellar
Enjoy the ambience outside and admire the views at the top of Gold Hill, while tucking into a hearty meal.
Serving excellent quality food in the village of Donhead St. Andrew, earning it a prestigious Michelin Gourmand Award. Very popular with locals.
Sit by a roaring fire in the winter with a board game and enjoy an apple sloe gin or a cup of coffee.
Very comfortable bar area with the village stream running underneath the bar to the dining area. Delicious British meals using locally sourced produce.
The Coppleridge Inn
Located just outside Shaftesbury this is a stunning, family-friendly country pub that offers classic ‘pub grub’.
Shaftesbury does not have a train station, but a direct service runs from nearby Gillingham to London Waterloo.
The nearby A350 can get you to Salisbury in around 40 minutes, to Yeovil in just over 35 minutes and to Bournemouth in around an hour.