I love the view from the top of Gold Hill in Shaftesbury. There’s nothing like a hot coffee from the cafe at the top of the hill and watching the sun glisten on the cobbles below. The quaint cottages are tucked into the hillside, balancing precariously against each other. Gold Hill has the most mesmerising views across the Blackmore Vale- definitely worth the climb.
This hill has been used in the Hovis bread advert in the 1970’s and by the Two Ronnies in one of their comedy sketches. It was also one of the locations in the 1967 movie Far From the Madding Crowd starring Julie Christie.
At the top of the hill is the Gold Hill Museum- a small place with a lot to see. There’s also a large loaf of bread in the main street as a reminder of the Hovis Advert. Adjacent to Gold Hill is the Park Lane Walk with beautiful views and the ruins of Shaftesbury Abbey which was built by King Alfred in AD88. It is a lovely walk on a sunny day. This really one of my favourite places in Dorset