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

The region is recognised as a National Character Area (No.

- Marshwood and Powerstock Vales

Together with Cranborne Chase, the Dorset Downs have been designated as National Character Area 134 by Natural England, the UK Government's advisor on the natural environment.

- Dorset Downs

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

134. Dorset Downs and Cranborne Chase

- National Character Area

139. Marshwood and Powerstock Vales

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

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