GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Evershot and Melbury Park Walk

6 miles (9 km)

This circular walk from the idyllicDorset village of Evershot visits the delightful Melbury Park.
Evershot is very pretty with a fine old church, lots of thatched cottages and a noteworthy 16th century inn to relax in after your exercise. The village has strong connections with author Thomas Hardy who called it 'Evershead' in his fictionalWessex.
The walk starts in Evershot where you can pick up the Macmillan Way and follow the waymarked trail north toward Melbury Sampford and Melbury Park. Here you'll find attractive parkland and woodland where you may spot the odd deer. There's also the Grade I listed Melbury House which dates back to 1500.
You continue north to Melbury Osmond which also has associations with Thomas Hardy. His parents were married at the church here with his mother's old cottage also nearby.
From the village you then turn west towards Lewcombe. Here you pick up the Macmillan Way Link and head south past East Chelborough to Girt Lane before turning east to return to the village.

Postcode

DT2 0JW - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Evershot OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Evershot Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Pubs/Cafes

The Acorn Inn is a fine place for some post walk rest and refreshment. It's an historic pub of some note, dating all the way back to the 16th century when it was originally a coaching inn. The Acorn Inn featured as 'The Sow and Acorn' in Thomas Hardy'sTess of the d'Urbervilles. Tess Cottage in the village is named after that novel's eponymous heroine, who stayed in a fictional version of it when visiting 'Evershead'.
The inn still has a charming interior with atmospheric old beams, oak panelling, roaring fires and an original skittle alley. They serve high quality food and also have a lovely garden area for warmer days. You can find them at postcode DT2 0JW for your sat navs.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

The Frome Valley Trail starts/ends in the village. The riverside walk will take you south to Dorchester, passing Maiden Newton on the way.
Head south east and you could visit the famous Cerne Abbas Giant and the delightful Minterne Gardens.

Photos

Evershot, Fore Street - geograph.org.uk - 3107203

Evershot, Fore Street

The Acorn Inn in Evershot - geograph.org.uk - 3075592

The Acorn Inn in Evershot

Evershot, Westerly skyline through the village - geograph.org.uk - 3107190

Evershot, Westerly skyline through the village

Melbury House and Church - geograph.org.uk - 1272021

Melbury House and Church

In Melbury Park - geograph.org.uk - 438412

In Melbury Park. The estate roads through Melbury Park offer very easy walking for Macmillan Way walkers and others. There is even a chance to see deer.

Thomas Hardy Locations, Parents' marriage - geograph.org.uk - 726959

Melbury Osmond - Thomas Hardy Locations, Parents' marriage. This is the gate into the churchyard of the parish church of Melbury Osmund where Hardy's parents were married in 1839.

Lewcombe Manor House, East Chelborough - geograph.org.uk - 1271843

Lewcombe Manor House, East Chelborough

Pheasant rearing pens near East Chelborough - geograph.org.uk - 842274

Pheasant rearing pens near East Chelborough

GPS Files

GPX File

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