The top of the downs from above Cerne Abbas, looking south east towards the River Piddle valley
Marshwood Vale and Conegar Hill
Map of Dorset, including the Dorset Downs, showing the geology

In Dorset this area is bounded by the Dorset Heaths and Weymouth Lowlands to the south, the Marshwood and Powerstock Vales to the west and the Blackmore Vale to the north.

- Dorset Downs

To the east are the chalk hills of the Dorset Downs and Cranborne Chase, and the coastal strip of the Weymouth Lowlands, and, to the west, the Greensand transitions into the Blackdowns.

- Marshwood and Powerstock Vales
The top of the downs from above Cerne Abbas, looking south east towards the River Piddle valley

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Natural subdivision of England based on a combination of landscape, biodiversity, geodiversity and economic activity.

Natural subdivision of England based on a combination of landscape, biodiversity, geodiversity and economic activity.

134. Dorset Downs and Cranborne Chase

139. Marshwood and Powerstock Vales