Coordinates: 50°57′41″N 2°02′39″W / 50.96142°N 2.04409°W
The Cranborne Chase and West Wiltshire Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) covers 379 square miles (980 km2) of Dorset, Hampshire, Somerset and Wiltshire. It is the sixth largest AONB in England.
The landscape is mainly farmed chalk downland. The people who populated the area thousands of years ago constructed Ackling Dyke and the Knowlton Circles. The area was later the scene of conflict in the English Civil War, seeing the destruction of Old Wardour Castle. Other features include Tollard Royal, once considered the capital of Cranborne Chase; and Fovant, where soldiers training during the First World War cut regimental badges into the chalk hillside.
The AONB includes two large blocks of woodland, Grovely Wood and Great Ridge Wood.