A report on Dorset Downs and River Cerne

The top of the downs from above Cerne Abbas, looking south east towards the River Piddle valley
The River Cerne at its source in Minterne Magna
Map of Dorset, including the Dorset Downs, showing the geology

The River Cerne is a ten mile long river in Dorset, England, which rises in the Chalk hills of the Dorset Downs at Minterne Magna, between High Stoy and Dogbury Hill, flows down a valley through Cerne Abbas and Charminster, and flows into the River Frome in Dorchester.

- River Cerne

Cerne valley, including Cerne Abbas Giant.

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

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Minterne Magna

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Village and civil parish in Dorset, England, situated midway between Dorchester and Sherborne.

Village and civil parish in Dorset, England, situated midway between Dorchester and Sherborne.

The village is sited near the source of the River Cerne among the chalk hills of the Dorset Downs.