Please drive carefully through our village as the roads are narrow and not meant for fast traffic with many ramblers, horse riders and dog walkers.
We would ask you to park sensibly and not cause potential inconvenience to residents or other visitors. The car park by the village hall is available if there is no function taking place.
Dog walkers must keep dogs on a lead when they walk into The Estate/ Melbury Park as this is clearly stated on the notice board by the gates. Please respect the policy as we are extremely lucky to have such a nice place to walk and dogs off the lead can be a danger to livestock and also to the elderly. It is a working Estate not a country park or National Trust property. You must also keep dogs on the lead on footpaths that cross land where sheep are grazing. There is a no cycling policy in the privately owned Melbury Park - it is not allowed so please do not cycle and that applies to all ages.
Visit our lovely church, enjoy our picturesque village but remember the golden rules -
Leave nothing behind please but your footprints (so no litter), pick up after your dog and take home your bags (as we have no litter or dog waste bins in the village) ..... and of course take nothing but photos!
Monmouth Cottage was occupied by Thomas Hardy’s forebears, the Swetmans. The Duke of Monmouth is supposed to have taken refuge there, a legend which Hardy wove into his short story, ‘The Duke’s Reappearance’.