This access statement does not contain personal opinions as to the tours’ suitability for those with access needs, but aims to accurately describe the facilities and services that are available to guests/visitors.
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All Sherborne Walks with Cindy Chant are fully insured guided walking tours with a certified local Blue Badge Guide, taking place principally in the open air in Sherborne town centre. Guests are therefore advised to come prepared for the weather on the day, including suitable footwear, and wet weather/sun protection as applicable.
A typical tour lasts at least 1½ hours. Sherborne is situated in a valley, and as such, there is at least a very gentle slope to most roads. There are some hills but wheelchair and ‘buggy’ users should find no difficulties. Cheap Street does incorporate a gradual incline, but most of this is no longer included in the weekly walk, and the section that is will be downhill. If you are arranging a private or attending a special walk and have mobility queries, please contact the guide in advance.
Group sizes vary from a 2 – 25 people. Smaller groups are usually able to hear the guide without amplification, but for larger groups a headset mic is used. There are only a few locations of seating around the tour route, and guests are usually standing for the duration of the tour, so a mobile seat is advisable if you require regular rest stops.
Sherborne is generally wheelchair-friendly, with dropped kerbs or ramps throughout the central area, and although the typical tour route incorporates a short flight of steps, a minor diversion for wheel-friendly access can be incorporated where needed. There is one kissing gate, but it is large enough to accommodate wheelchairs/pushchairs.
If you lip read, please advise the Guide of this at the start of the tour, guests with any other specific requirements should advise the Guide at the start of the tour so that she is aware of your needs.
Dogs, including assistance dogs are welcome.
The Guide will explain the location of the facilities at the start of the tour, including the nearest fully accessible toilets.
Following the tour, guests will find level access to numerous cafes in the town centre, and the Abbey porch ramped for disabled access, with level access to most parts.
Weekly walks start from the Tourist Information Centre in the Digby Road. (Specials often start from the Abbey Porch). The nearest carparks to the town centre are Culverhayes and Old Market yard. Disabled Blue Badge holders can park on the yellow lines in front of the Abbey for 3 hours as per national rules. Temporary disabled parking permits for the car parks can be obtained from the Tourist Information Centre.
Click here for a link to a town map with car parks marked.
N.B. Cheap Street is pedestrianised from 12 noon to 4pm Monday to Friday and 11am-4pm on Saturdays.
Before your walk: There is a bench outside the Tourist Information Centre (and benches on the Abbey Green), and the nearest toilets are in the Digby Road, on the corner of Cook’s Lane. The nearest public Wifi is the Tourist Information Centre.
Cindy hopes you can join her on a tour soon.
For further information on visiting Sherborne and West Dorset the following pages may be of use:
Travelling by Road?
Sherborne is accessed via the A30 from East & West, and the A352 from the South.
Coach parties can set down outside the Tourist Information Centre, and park in Culverhayes Car Park.
The following Post codes will be of use to Sat Nav Users.
Tourist Information Centre: DT9 3NL
Culverhayes Cark Park (Long & Short stay): DT9 3ED (coach drivers may prefer to use DT9 3ND to ensure easier access from the Ludbourne Road).
Old Market Yard Car Park: DT9 3HR
Travelling by train?
Sherborne is on the mainline between London Waterloo and Exeter. If travelling from Cardiff, Bristol or Southampton lines, change at Salisbury.
Current timetables can be found online here (Table 20): http://www.southwesttrains.co.uk/plan-your-journey/timetables/
For Assisted Travel on South West Trains call: 0800 5282 100