Shaftesbury is a market town with an interesting history going back to the Saxon times. The town is located in North Dorset close to the border with Wiltshire and is around 25 miles north of Blandford Forum and 20 miles west of Salisbury.
Shaftesbury is the home of Gold Hill (made famous by the “Hovis” advert). Gold Hill is a steep cobbled street lined with lovely cottages. The view looking down from the top of the street over the magnificent Blackmore Vale countryside has been described as “one of the most romantic sights in England” – well by Shaftesbury Tourism anyway but they may just be right 🙂