Culver Down, Isle of Wight
The top of the downs from above Cerne Abbas, looking south east towards the River Piddle valley
Stonehenge, the most famous antiquity on Salisbury Plain
Galium verum (L.) Lady's Bedstraw, a typical English chalk downland plant
Map of Dorset, including the Dorset Downs, showing the geology
Rough map of military training area (green) on Salisbury Plain within Wiltshire (blue) (it accounts for about half the area of Salisbury Plain)
Stonehenge, on Salisbury Plain
Military use makes some areas of the plain inaccessible to the public.
Typical grassland at Netheravon Down.
The burnt-tip orchid (Neotinea ustulata) can be found on Salisbury Plain
The Duke of Burgundy butterfly (Hamearis lucina)
The cuckoo bee Nomada armata
The fairy shrimp Chirocephalus diaphanus
The stone curlew

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

- Dorset 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

The largest area of downland in southern England is formed by Salisbury Plain, mainly in Wiltshire.

- Downland

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 river valleys surrounding it, and other downs and plains beyond them loosely define its boundaries.

- Salisbury Plain

The Hampshire Downs and the Berkshire Downs are chalk downland to the east and north of Salisbury Plain, and the Dorset Downs and Cranborne Chase are to the southwest.

- Salisbury Plain
Culver Down, Isle of Wight

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Location of the Cranborne Chase and West Wiltshire Downs AONB in the UK

Cranborne Chase

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Chalk plateau in central southern England, straddling the counties Dorset, Hampshire and Wiltshire.

Chalk plateau in central southern England, straddling the counties Dorset, Hampshire and Wiltshire.

Location of the Cranborne Chase and West Wiltshire Downs AONB in the UK
Ashmore pond
Badbury Rings hill fort

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.