WMB137 Cranborne Chase Dorset_Classic Route
Start/Finish Shaftesbury ST 869233
Total distance 55.8km (34.7 miles)
Total ascent 258m (4127ft)
Time 4-6 hours
Maps OS Landranger (1:50 000) 183 Yeovil & Frome, 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 A substantial ride on little-used trails with a mixture of open downland and wooded trails.
1 Start either from the small car park at the edge of the trading estate or on Wincombe Lane itself. Follow steps 1-4 of the Moderate route.
2 Turn right and follow the road for about 3km to Ludwell. Cross A30 and climb on Tarmac. Continue straight over at crossroads. After 2.5km take bridleway left opposite an airfield. At road turn right then fork left through a gate onto bridleway. Go through a gate, carry straight on then left at junction and descend to a gravel track.
3 Turn left and follow the track along the valley for 2km to a junction at the edge of woods. Turn left and climb. Carry straight on to descend to junction. Turn right then immediately left. Climb then descend, bearing left at corner of woods. After 1km turn left to meet road at Ashmore Farm.
4 Turn right, then right in Ashmore to head north, then first right again. At junction join bridleway directly opposite. Turn right on road then left on bridleway after 400m. Descend to Tollard Royal, turn left then left again onto wide track. At road go straight over to descend on bridleway through trees. At junction turn right and right again to climb back to ridge on Tarmac.
5 At junction turn left then fork left onto dirt track. After 300m turn left between fields and descend to road. Turn right. After 1.5km turn right up a lane. At junction turn right along ridge track. Rejoin the road after 2km. Continue on road for just under 2km until road swings right and descends.
6 Continue along track to Win Green Hill. Cross cattle grid, past car park and then right through gate into a field. Descend to left of fence to the road. Cross road to bridleway.
7 At road turn left then second right to meet A30 opposite church. Cross over to road opposite (slightly to right). Take second left and climb on lane then track. At top turn left then straight on at crossroads. Follow track back to start point.