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Parks & nature in North Dorset District

Park
“originally designed by General Pitt Rivers as pleasure grounds for 'public entertainment'; opened 1880, an extraordinary example of Victorian extravagance; recognised by English Heritage as a garden of National Importance. Peacocks & flying macaws + fairy trail to keep little ones happy www.larmertree.co.uk 01725 516971”
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Park
“Beautiful Abbey Gardens within the ruin walls of Shaftesbury Abbey on Park Walk offering extraordinary views across the Blackmore Vale.”
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Park
“A wonderful circular walk that offers stunning views across the Blackmore Vale, the landscape at the heart of Thomas Hardy country. Walking along the open expanse of downland here, you can also find many species of butterflies and wildflowers; in early spring, for example, the slopes are carpeted in yellow cowslips. Getting there: from Blandford take the B3081 to Shaftesbury. Start: Spread Eagle Hill car park, grid ref: ST886187. Close to Compton Abbas airfield and its café, where you can also watch the planes taking off and landing. ”
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Café
“This is a wonderful place, a botanical garden with its own parfumerie, cafe and mini cinema. try the cakes in the cafe, or walk around the gardens - if you prebook they will give you a tour. ”
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Scenic Viewpoint
“The 'Hovis' advert that used this location and aired on TV when I was a child is indelibly imprinted in my mind! Parking is readily available in the town and is just a short stroll to the famous Gold Hill. The film studios have the knack of dressing a location to the point of deception! The street is traditionally cobbled and quite steep, though there is a handrail for those less agile! The term quintessentially English certainly applies to Gold Hill. The term anti-climatic may also loom in one's mind!”
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Scenic Viewpoint
“This was featured in the 1960's Hovis Advertisement. There is also a good museum”
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Scenic Viewpoint
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“Iron age hill fort, a bit less steep and not as high as Hambledon Hill up the road. Nevertheless fabulous views from the top. Small amount of parking at the bottom of the hill.”
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Park
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Park
“Just on our door step and such a beautiful location for walking and enjoying the Dorset countryside. Surrounded by woodland with Capability Brown landscape (often called 'England's greatest gardener')”
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Rv Park
“If you want to go somewhere with a romantic name then you cant go to far wrong than True Lovers Knot”
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Campground
“Local village shop, 1.5 miles from the Bungalow. Selling milk, bread, and all the daily essentials”
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Village
“East Farm Shop selling local produce and a cafe serving food made from local produce. Tea with scones, jam and cream here is recommended! ”
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