Doggie do's and don'ts at Hatfield Forest

Enjoy dog walking as a group © Fiona Harrower

Enjoy dog walking as a group

Dogs are welcome at Hatfield Forest

Hatfield Forest is a paw-fect place for walking your dog with miles of paths to explore, trees to sniff and grass to roll about in. Whether you're a local dog walker who comes for a wander every day or visiting from further a field, we welcome dogs and seek to make yours and their day out as easy and relaxing as possible.

Doggie do's and don'ts

To help us ensure our visitors, dogs and wildlife get along together, please can you:

Keep your dog on a lead in these places

  • near the cows (walk around them in a wide circle, not through the herd)
  • near the fenced sheep-grazing areas
  • in the lake area (which includes the boardwalk and dam, dogs are not allowed to swim in the lake due to hidden hazards and risk to resident wildfowl)
  • wherever you see temporary signs

Always keep an eye on your dog and know where it is.  Wild deer live here and we need your help to ensure they stay safe.  You can walk your dog off its lead in the wider Forest providing you can always see it and when you call it immediately returns to you.  If you can't recall your dog, please keep it on a lead. Allowing your dog to worry wildlife or livestock is a criminal offence.   

Please always clear up after your dog.  In the main visitor areas, car parks, road and footpaths please use the bins provided.  In the wider Forest, use a stick and flick your dog's mess into a bush.  If you've forgotten your bags, pop into the entrance kiosk or shop to pick one up. 

There is a dog-free zone in the lake area, beside the decoy lake, which is clearly signposted.

In an emergency, please call the duty ranger on 07808 889556.