Walking and exploring the Sherborne Park Estate

Family playing in autumn leaves

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.

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Walking

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 a mapis displayed in the Ewe Pen Barn, which is situated next to the car park.

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

Last summer work was begun to improve access on the estate, including improving paths and way marking. By the end of the work, the paths will have better surfacing and be able to be used all year round. 

Work on West Belt, which sits on the Orange Route, has now been completed (though there may be deliveries along this route for the foreseeable). Work on Ragged Copse begins week commencing 12 October so this path will be closed. Alternative routes are open through Pleasure Grounds, East Belt and the newly-reopened West Belt.

Temporary diversions are in place so please follow the signs during your visit. Alternative routes can also be found on the maps in the visitor car park. 

 

Where to park

Parking is at Ewe Pen Barn (postcode GL54 3DT) or the Watermeadows car park at Northfield Barn, GL54 3DN.

Time to stretch your legs on the Sherborne Park Estate
Walking with the National Trust
Time to stretch your legs on the Sherborne Park Estate
A path through the woodland and parkland at Sherborne

Family walk at Sherborne Park Estate

An ideal walk for families, this route takes in peaceful farmland, woodland and the village.