The Blackmore Vale is known as the land of milk and honey and stretches from the South Somerset and Wiltshire borders down through Dorset.
The Vale is characterised by lush pastureland grazed by Dairy Herds enclosed by ditches, thick hedgerows and Oak trees. The River Stour meanders through the Vale from its source at the Stourhead National Trust property and gardens, passing the towns of Gillingham, Sturminster Newton and Blandford Forum before reaching the sea at Christchurch.
The Vale cuts through the Chalk hills of South Wiltshire, the wide expanse of Cranborne Chase and the Dorset Downs made famous by Thomas Hardy. Iconic Iron Age encampments and hill forts occupy the high ground overlooking the Vale as does the Saxon Hilltop town of Shaftesbury with its former Abbey and cobbled Gold Hill street made famous by the Hovis advert directed by Ridley Scott.
The area has excellent communication links via the A303 giving access to Cornwall, Devon and London via the M3, whilst at Templecombe, Gillingham and Tisbury there are mainline railway stations giving commutable rail transport to London Waterloo. The Jurassic Coastline of Dorset and Poole Harbour are within an hour’s drive as is the Regency Spa Town of Bath.