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Welcome to the Char Valley Parish Council website. Char Valley is a group council and comprises the parishes of Whitchurch Canonicorum, Wootton Fitzpaine and Stanton St Gabriel. The area is all within the West Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is completely rural in character.

The parishes consist of :

  • scattered farms,
  • the small villages of Whitchurch Canonicorum (population 640) , Wootton Fitzpaine (population 360) and Morcombelake (population 110),
  • the settlements of Fishpond, Ryall and Monkton Wyld,
  • further small settlements at Stonebarrow Lane and at Fern Hill on the outskirts of Charmouth.

The busy A35 trunk road bisects the parishes from east to west. Stanton St Gabriel parish, between the A35 and the sea, is nearly all owned and managed by the National Trust, as are the hilltop forts which look down on the landscape of small fields, deep streams and woods of the Marshwood Vale and the Wootton valleys. The southern part of the council's area includes a section of the Jurassic Coast, England's first natural World Heritage Site.

The Parish Council meets on a monthly basis (but not August or December). We currently have a vacancy for one councillor, so please get in touch if you think you might like to come and join us.