WMB137 Cranborne Chase Dorset Beginner Route
Total distance 19km (11.8 miles)
Total ascent 483m (1584 feet)
Total time 1-2 hours
Maps OS Landranger 184 Salisbury & The Plain, OS Explorer (1:25 000) 118 Shaftesbury & Cranborne Chase. Or Garmin GB Discoverer 1:50K Southern England & Wales (GPS)
Summary Technically straightforward but with a couple of long climbs.
1 From car park on Win Green Hill, head NE over the cattle grid and follow wide track along the top of the scarp face. After 1.8km you meet a road coming in from the left.
2 Carry straight on along the road, ignoring the track swinging slightly right. Follow the road for 2.5km, swinging right after 1.6km. Turn left on to track and follow downhill. After 800m take the right fork to join bridleway.
3 Descend for 3.1km before turning left onto track – if you reach a junction with the road, you’ve missed it. At next junction turn left onto road. Follow for 1.4km then fork left onto track.
4 Climb for 2.8km to regain ridge. Turn left and follow main track for 2.6km to road. Carry on along road for 1.6km until road swings right and descends.
5 Stay on ridge and join track straight ahead (this is where you joined the road on the way out). Follow main track back to your start point. Turn right, uphill and keep ahead on singletrack as the wider track turns left. Continue on this singletrack, with a couple of steep and technical challenges, back to the car park.by wmbsu