This is one of my favorite short routes which can easily be incorporated into a full length ride. Leave Sherborne on the A352 (see my other routes) but turn left onto the Sturminster Newton road (A3030) shortly after leaving Sherborne. The A3030 is a great road in excellent condition with lots of fast, open corners a few villages and some very technical corners with inclines and even the odd hump back bridge / corner. Turn right at the T-Junction at the end of this road and head towards Sturminster along the A357. Continue on towards Blandford Forum. At the traffic lights turn left and follow the A350 to Shaftesbury. This is a great road. The Stourpaine bends are really good. While you are in Shaftesbury it would be rude not to try ZIG ZAG hill. See Jon Bs ride from Shaftesbury to Ringwood for more info.
An entertaining road with plenty of fast corners and changing altitude. Pleasant views as the scenery opens out towards Salisbury Plain.
This is varied section through some pretty nice countryside. Starts off brisk and sweeping before turning more twisty, road surface is fairly good, although the best section is at the beginning. I understand also that there are two fixed road safety cameras at Charlton and Spetisbury so be aware that these may be accident blackspots. Happy Riding.