If there’s one place you have to visit while you’re in Shaftesbury – it’s Gold Hill. The setting for that 1973 Hovis advert (remember the one with the boy with the bike), this cobbled, cottage-lined hill is so quaint you’ll be reaching for your camera phone. There’s a free museum at the top, and the café inside the old town hall at the top makes a popular spot for a sandwich and a cup of tea when you’ve climbed the hill…and those views, wow.
Once you’re at the top of Gold Hill you’ll be able to take in views that reach across the Blackmore Vale in the distance, and there’s something so quintessentially English about the whole scene that it’ll make you feel as though time’s stood still. The Hovis ad was voted viewers’ all-time favourite back in 2006, securing Gold Hill’s place in the hearts of the nation. So, make time to amble your way along those ancient cobbles to the top of the hill and experience a little slice of Shaftesbury life at its best.