Fontmell and Melbury Downs in Shaftesbury, Dorset | Local Walks

Fontmell and Melbury Downs

  • National Trust
  • Open expanses of flowery downland
  • Far-reaching views

Open expanses of flowery downland, excellent butterfly populations and breathtaking views

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  •     Bought in memory of Thomas Hardy, to protect the landscape in which his novels are set
  •     Chalk grassland and scrub habitats with many orchids, including Early Purple, Frog and Bee orchid
  •     Great location for butterflies, moths and glow-worms


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