Terms & Conditions

Owing to the global pandemic, wth effect from July 2020 the following safety measures, which adhere to the ‘Covid-19 Guidance for Tour Guiding’, apply:

Booking. All tours must be pre-booked. Use either Our Programme page, or contact Paul Birbeck

Mobile: 07989 453966 or paul@sherbornewalks.co.uk with any other request.

Payment is made on-line when booking. Cash payment to the guide is only an option if there is an available space at the start of a tour.

Cancellation of an advertised walking tour. If you have pre-paid and are unable to honour your booking a refund will only be paid if you inform us by 6.00 pm the day before your booked event. You can cancel online or call Paul: 07989 453966.

If your tour is cancelled due to weather-related closure or a sudden issue arises, we will inform you at the earliest opportunity and provide a full refund.

During the tour, clients will be requested to:

  • Maintain social distancing between people from different households
  • wear a face mask and bring hand sanitiser
  • Follow the risk assessed route

Social distancing. Guides will happily work with tour companies who use & provide remote audio devices to clients. Paul can offer an enhanced experience to clients who wish to use their own mobile phone/earphone. A downloaded remote Vox audio-visual app will be required and Paul will need 48 hours pre-warning so this can be organized.

Normal Terms and Conditions – 2020.

All tours are in English.

All tours must be pre-booked. Use either Our Programme page, or contact Paul Birbeck

Mobile: 07989 453966 or paul@sherbornewalks.co.uk

90-minute walking tours (starting between 9am and 7pm): £10 per person (minimum number four people. Max 25 people) Dog friendly route.

Group walking tour. (10-25 people) Two-hour group tour (Contact Paul for special theme requests). Please send an enquiry detailing number in group for prices of bespoke and personal guided tours.


90 minute illustrated Zoom talk: £50 (Available UK-wide – travelling and accommodation costs may apply).  Advertised talks usually £5 per person payable at the door.

Daily rates:

Half day (four hours) car, minibus, coach tour commentary: £140

Full day (eight hours) car, minibus, coach tour commentary: £240 (£8 per head)  Special discount rate for groups larger than 25)

NOTE: car, coach, minibus and driver to be provided by client

Full day (up to eight hours) assistance to media / marketing professionals (TV, radio, film, promotional DVD, journalists, writers, etc): £350

Group size. For insurance and to ensure clients have a high quality experience, a maximum number of people that can be taken on a walking tour. See below for more details.

The maximum number of people on any group walking tour is 25, although this may need to be reduced, depending on special needs / requirements.

If you have more than 25 people in your group, we will endeavour to provide additional qualified guides (please contact us for more details).

Access statement. 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 guides 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 responsible for their own safety and 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 they are 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. The Cross Keys on The Parade, offers a 10% on non-alcoholic drinks for groups of 5 or more.

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  •   Cindy should be put forward for a Local Guide of the Year Award. Informative, amusing, occasionally risqué and utterly captivating if you can keep up with her boundless energy.... read more

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  •   My recent guided walk through time in Sherborne town centre was a delightful experience. Cindy’s enthusiasm makes it agreeable and interesting. She spared no effort to explain important facts about... read more

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  •   Cindy conducted a very interesting tour around Sherborne. My aunt and I went on a tour on Tuesday morning.

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  •   Interesting, riveting, amusing, eccentric, very informative and full of local knowledge and history. An amazing couple of hours with Cindy as our guide. This is a " must do "... read more

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  •   A very informative walking tour of the Town by very knowledgable Guides.
    As a relatively new Resident (3 Years), it was a great way to have a snapshot of... read more

  •   Cindy gave us a fascinating and informative tour round the town. Having lived in the town for so long, she has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the history of the area.... read more

  •   Wow. What a performance! Cindy is clearly in love with Sir Walter Raleigh! She gave a two hour declaration of his character and life in Sherborne in the beginning of... read more

  •   We have taken 2 tours with Cindy, and both were delightful. We learned so much history, and enjoyed many sites.

  •   A very interesting and entertaining 2 hour walk in Sherborne led by our guide, Cindy. I would highly recommend.

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  •   What better guide than Cindy to tell you all about this fantastic town. Her enthusiasm and local knowledge know no bounds! If you thought history was boring, think again! This... read more

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