The Hurst Water Meadow Trust

Frequently Asked Questions

We have three sites (click here for map). The main access to the Hurst meadow is along Manor Farm Road, which is off Queen Street in Dorchester by the school (GPS coordinates 51.644576, -1.161375 or post code OX10 7JA). Turn right onto the footpath at the end of Manor Farm Road and cross the bridge over the Thame into the meadow. Alternatively, you can enter from Overy Hamlet by following the footpath through Overy Mill over the mill race.

Old Bridge Meadow and Overy Mead Piece are reached from Dorchester by crossing the road bridge (GPS coordinates 51.640068, -1.161863 or post code OX10 7JR). The entrance is opposite the lane to Overy hamlet at the end of the bridge approach. The meadows stretch down to join the Thames long-distance path at the confluence of the Thame and the Thames.

There is no specific parking for the meadows, but you can usually find parking in the public car park at Bridge End near the public toilets at the end of Dorchester Bridge, and sometimes on the High Street, Queen Street or Manor Farm Road in Dorchester, or at the start of the lane to Overy Hamlet.

Enjoy the open air and nature. There are mown walking paths in summer when the grass is long. The Hurst meadow provides a lovely location for a short walk for families with children of all ages. The log seating area under the large oak provides an ideal area for a family picnic (but no barbecues or open fires please) and some river dipping (bring your nets!). Play spot the species. There is coarse fishing, but you must obtain membership or a temporary permit from Dorchester Angling Club.

Yes, we welcome dogs, provided they bring their owners who pick up after them.

Yes of course! Look at our schools page and contact our education officer for more information.

No. The meadows are free for all, although donations for their upkeep are always welcome.

April to June are best for meadow flora, but nature is always changing and every season has its attractions. Very occasionally, winter flooding makes the meadows impassible.

Contact our Secretary (, who will put you in touch with one of our volunteer organisers.

The entrances from Manor Farm Road and the Dorchester Bridge ramp cater for normal sized electric wheelchairs and child buggies (see map). The mown paths are readily navigable except in exceptionally wet conditions. (Access to the Hurst meadow through Overy Mill is not possible for wheeled vehicles as it involves climbing over two stiles and walking along a narrow path.)