The top of the downs from above Cerne Abbas, looking south east towards the River Piddle valley
The Hampshire Downs are one of the breadbaskets of Southern England. Here wheat is growing on the free draining chalk downs above Alresford.
Culver Down, Isle of Wight
Map of Dorset, including the Dorset Downs, showing the geology
Galium verum (L.) Lady's Bedstraw, a typical English chalk downland plant

The Dorset Downs are an area of chalk downland in the centre of the county Dorset in south west England.

- Dorset Downs

The Hampshire Downs form a large area of downland in central southern England, mainly in the county of Hampshire but with parts in Berkshire and Wiltshire.

- Hampshire Downs

The downs are the most western part of a larger chalk formation which also includes (from west to east) Cranborne Chase, Salisbury Plain, Hampshire Downs, Chiltern Hills, North Downs and South Downs.

- Dorset Downs

They are part of a belt of chalk downland that extends from the South Downs in the southeast, north to the Berkshire and Marlborough Downs, and west to the Dorset Downs.

- Hampshire 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
The top of the downs from above Cerne Abbas, looking south east towards the River Piddle valley

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