1986 General Survey Page 1

 The village of Witchampton is within  
 the Cranborne Chase area of           
 outstanding natural beauty. The       
 village was designated the first      
 National Conservation Area in Dorset. 
 It lies on the east bank of the River 
 Allen, one mile from the Wimborne to  
 Cranborne road, and approximately five
 miles from each. It is situated on the
 edge of the chalk escarpment of       
 Cranborne Chase. Our survey area      
 covers twelve square km of the village
 and farmland. The land lies between   
 100' and 225' above sea level. The    
 area comprises mostly farmland,       
 forestry and residential dwellings.   
 The village itself, has a school, a   
 post office, a social club, a church, 
 a chapel, a paper-board mill, a       
 garage, a cricket pitch, a rifle range
 and village hall.Our area also covers 
 part of Crichel Park and its lake.    

Map of the area

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