Situated high up on the downs about 5 miles south of Shaftesbury, Ashmore is the highest village in Dorset. At over 700 feet, 213m, above sea level there are wonderful views particularly to the south east, over the New Forest to the Isle of Wight and south as far as Bournemouth, Poole and the Purbeck Hills. The village is within the old hunting area of Cranborne Chase and the West Wiltshire and Cranborne Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
In the centre of the village is the large pond from which the village’s name is derived and round which is held the Filly Loo – the annual fete - on the evening of the Friday closest to the longest day of the year. St Nicholas’ church is on the south western side of the village, off High Street. There is a village hall with cricket field, off Green Lane, that is available for hire when not being used for village events.
The population in the 2011 census was 188.
The Parish Council meets three times a year in January, May and September starting at 7pm in the village hall.
The agenda for the meetings are displayed on the village notice board, next to the bus shelter, as well as here.