Loders Parish in West Dorset is situated in a conservation area which is recognised nationally as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
It is an essentially agricultural landscape of great visual diversity and contrasts, and has a strong sense of being ‘unspoiled’. The settlement has developed in a linear way, following the valley of the River Asker.
The village nestles between rounded hills, typical of this part of the County, which are still mostly grazed by sheep and cattle. The entire settlement is approximately two miles in length. It is surrounded by farmland, mainly pasture with significant areas of arable on the more level parts.
Woodland is an important component of the landscape, with many small copses on hilltops and valley slopes, and linear belts of woodland following the watercourses in the valleys.
One of the most attractive features of the village is that there are significant green spaces, both within and between the principal settlement areas of Loders Village, Yondover, Uploders and Matravers.