Cranborne Chase is Dorset’s best-kept secret. Not the least of its attractions is that most people are uncertain of where or what it is. But with Desmond Hawkins we are in safe hands. He first explored the Chase over half a century ago, and no one knows it better. Much of Cranborne Chase is high rolling downland that sprawls untidily across Dorset’s eastern boundary. Once it was a royal hunting ground, subject to forest law and administered by the Lord of the Chase, and climbing up onto its heights is still like entering a lost world. Wooded slopes, river valleys, flint and stone villages, a history and natural history unrivalled in Dorset – even today much of the Chase retains its wild and unspoilt character.
138 x 204mm
Black and white illustrations throughout
ISBN 978 18743364 6 4