Shaftesbury


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Shaftesbury is a town in Dorset, situated on the A30 road, 20 miles west of Salisbury, near to the border with Wiltshire. It is the only significant hilltop settlement in Dorset, being built about 215 metres above sea level on a greensand hill. The town looks over the Blackmore Vale part of the River Stour basin. From different viewpoints, it is possible to see at least as far as Glastonbury Tor to the north-west. Shaftesbury is quintessential Dorset, with its thatched cottages, quaint tea shops and small independent shops. If you’re old enough, you will recognise Shaftesbury’s most famous landmark, Gold Hill, a steep, cottage-crammed lane which was featured in the 1973 Hovis Bread advert – the one with the boy pushing his bike up the impossibly steep cobbled lane. There are magnificent views over Blackmore Vale from the top.  Here, you will also find Gold Hill Museum and award-winning cottage garden. Shaftesbury Abbey Museum and Gardens is another award-winner and well worth a visit.


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