There are a number of wellsigned coloured trails available to follow around the Sherborne Estate – but here’s a suggested route.
1. After checking out the information panels in the barn, leave Ewe Pen Barn car park, turning right along track.
2. Take right fork and follow track alongside football pitch, heading towards trees.
3. Just before trees end, take footpath into the woods on left.
4. Follow path through the woods until you reach a metal gate at far end.
5. Cross clearing and down in a dip you’ll come across the Ice-house.
6. Continue on until you come to the picturesque wrought-iron seat, which encircles a tree – a good place for a pause.
7. Continue past a play area, following the diverted path along until you emerge from the edge of the woods.
8. You’ll see the rear of Sherborne House through the gap in the trees.
9. Continue past a lovely old stone summer seat, until you reach the village.
10. Passing the war memorial, visit the village shop and tearooms. Time for refreshments!
11. Feeling perhaps slightly heavier (!) leave the shop and tearooms, turning right along road.
12. Follow road along to Sherborne House and Stables. Turn left onto the driveway, following signs to church. Watch out for the statuary (it’s watching you!).
13. Visit the cool peaceful interior of St Mary Magadelene, making a donation, especially if you’re feeling sinful! Look out for the plaque dedicated to James Bradley, to mark his tercentenary. 14. Leave church, turn left along road, enjoying views of the Windrush.
15. Follow Ash Hole Road (careful how you say it!) along until you come to a footpath on your left that leads into a copse of trees.
16. Follow footpath through the woods.
17. Eventually you’ll emerge at the other end. Follow footpath across fields.
18. Turn right, heading back to the carpark.
19. Time to head to Lodge Park. Tally ho! 20. From Lodge Park car-park, visit the splendid grandstand managed by the National Trust (admission fee).
21. Afterwards, explore the grounds at your leisure – discover the long-barrow in the field behind the grandstand, the shepherd’s hut and pet cemetery (tucked away in the corner). Don’t forget to admire the front of the grandstand before you leave – very photogenic – worth walking up to the magnificent iron gates with the Dutton coatof-arms on.
22. Return to the car park. If you are tempted by the nearby Old Badger Inn, Eastington, raise a glass to Crump and Bradley.