Walking and exploring the Sherborne Park Estate
The Sherborne estate is home to a wide array of wildlife especially raptors and farmland birds which are declining in numbers elsewhere. You might want to bring your binoculars to spot them.
There are three way-marked walking routes to choose from, between thirty minutes and 2.5 hours. The family walk and short woodland stroll are linked below, and maps are available from the car park at Ewe Pen Barn.
Sherborne is a small and scenic village, including the Village Shop & Tea Room (not National Trust). The family walk will take you through the village past the shop, as well as through woodland and parkland.
From the Watermeadows car park there are a series paths to explore, this area has a lot of wildlife including kingfishers and you may spot signs of an otter visiting.
Please note: Sabrina Way bridleway, part of the Watermeadows paths, is closed for Highways England to make repairs, with no access for horse riders or cyclists. Walkers will be able to access as far as the fisherman's car park and then follow a diversion.
Path improvement work
This summer work has started to improve access on the estate, including improving paths and way marking. By the end of the work (scheduled for Spring 2020), the paths will have better surfacing and be able to be used year round.
Currently work is underway to open 1km of new paths from the watermeadows car park, and improve the surface of existing ones.
Work is underway at Northfield Copse, and West Belt. Due to the work at West Belt the yellow walk (short woodland stroll) is currently closed. The recent wet weather has delayed work, unfortunately this means the yellow walk is unable to be reopened.
The next area to be started will be through the Pleasure Grounds, this will affect the pink walk.
Our rangers regularly lead walks on the Estate, highlighting the wildlife that you can see, and the history of the Estate. The walks lead you through areas that aren't usually seen,
Where to park
Parking is at Ewe Pen Barn (postcode GL54 3DT) or the Watermeadows car park at Northfield Barn, GL54 3DN.