Visiting Sherborne Park Estate: what you need to know

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We're looking forward to welcoming you. The car parks on the Sherborne Park Estate are open. In this article you'll find everything you need to know about what's open and what to expect from your visit.

Arriving at Sherborne by car

We have two small gravelled car parks at Ewe Pen Barn and the Watermeadows. Please park considerately. If the car parks are full, please visit another time. Sherborne is a small community so be respectful and only park in the designated car parks. 

Car park charges

There is a pay and display machine at the Ewe Pen Barn car park. Car park charges apply to non-members: £1 up to one hour; £3 all day. Due to poor mobile phone coverage, the machine is only able to accept coin payments. There is a donation post at the Watermeadows car park.

Members of the National Trust park for free.

If you're a member of the National Trust please scan your membership card in the parking meter to get a free parking ticket, and display in your car.

Staying safe on the Sherborne Park Estate

To help keep everyone safe, please follow social distancing and government guidance when you visit. Look out for signs which will explain any changes to how you can access different parts of the estate.

If you're showing any symptoms or coronavirus, or if you've been in contact with anyone that has the virus in the last 14 days, please don't visit.

What's open?

The estate walks and car parks are open.

There are several signed walking trails which you can follow to explore the estate further. Please only walk on the designated trails and on public rights of way. 

Lodge Park and the Bridgeman landscape will remain closed until further notice. 

Bringing your dog

Dogs are welcome on the estate walks and along the public rights of way but be aware that we have many ground-nesting birds and some areas are grazed by livestock so keep them on a lead at all times. Pick up any waste and dispose of it in the bins provided.

Picnics and barbecues

Just a single spark from a barbecue can damage the landscape and harm wildlife. Help us keep the estate safe by not bringing a barbecue when you visit. Instead, switch your barbecue for a picnic.

Resources are stretched so please take all litter home with you.

Toilets

There are no public toilets on the estate.

Accessibility

Most of the walking trails are on natural surfaces, but there are steps, slopes and narrow pathways in places. The paths can become muddy and slippery following heavy rain - sturdy footwear is essential.