Balloon Rides Over Dorset
Dorset is full of contrast with breath taking scenery and spectacular countryside, rolling hills and an unsurpassed coastline stretching 140 kilometres with much of it having World Heritage Coast status. This all makes a Balloon Ride in Dorset that bit more special.
Dorset is varied land has extensive heathlands to the East, chalk down land in the centre with a mass of rivers and streams heading to the west which becomes hilly with the landscape full of woodland and small fields.
Dorset Balloon Flight Information
Balloon Flights in Dorset meet at Sherborne and Shaftesbury and generally fly within the Crewkerne / Bruton / Warminster / Blandford area:
Sherborne: A picturesque location on the Dorset and Somerset border set amongst lush green valleys and wooded hills. The town was founded by the Saxons, with a wealth of history still apparent today along with independent shops selling antiques and fine art, which the town is well known for.
With a flight from Sherborne you can see many medieval buildings still standing in the town, along with the Abbey, the famous historic Sherborne Castle built by Sir Walter Raleigh and views of unspoilt heathland, the river Store and the Blackmore Vale. Balloon rides in Sherborne, Dorset, meet at The Three Elms (see below).
Shaftesbury: This is one of England’s oldest and highest towns with a history dating back to medieval times and a wealth of tradition. The town was much loved by Thomas Hardy and is used in some of his novels.
A balloon ride in Shaftesbury can include views of the towns famous steep cobbled Gold Hill used in the Hovis bread advertisements, rolling countryside, the breathtaking views of the Blackmore Vale, the Fovant badges and across to the West Wiltshire Downs. Our balloon rides from Shaftesbury meet at The Half Moon (see below).
Balloon Flights from the Sherborne / Shaftesbury areas frequently provide views as far away as Weston Super Mare and The Severn Bridge to the north, Poole and Bournemouth to the southeast and Chesil Beach and Lyme Bay to the south.
Dorset Balloon Flight Meeting Locations
The Terrace Playing Fields