The Dorset Downs are an area of chalk downland in the centre of the county Dorset in south west England.- Dorset Downs
To the southwest, downlands continue via Cranborne Chase into Dorset as the Dorset Downs and southwards through Hampshire as the Hampshire Downs onto the Isle of Wight.- Downland
Dorset has a varied landscape featuring broad elevated chalk downs, steep limestone ridges and low-lying clay valleys.- Dorset
These limestone areas include a wide band of Cretaceous chalk which crosses the county as a range of hills from north-east to south-west, incorporating Cranborne Chase and the Dorset Downs, and a narrow band running from south-west to south-east, incorporating the Purbeck Hills.- Dorset
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Cranborne Chase is a chalk plateau in central southern England, straddling the counties Dorset, Hampshire and Wiltshire.
The plateau is part of the English Chalk Formation and is adjacent to Salisbury Plain and the West Wiltshire Downs in the north, and the Dorset Downs to the south west.
The downland has a long history with many earthworks and archaeology from the Neolithic age onwards.