Dog walking

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Have you found the best places to walk your dog yet? Maybe we can help...

We've a huge variety of places that are just perfect for your pooch. These could be close to urban areas, on the coast or in the countryside, within walking distance of your home, close to your holiday house or just a short drive away. There are some fantastic locations and landscapes for you and your dog to explore and enjoy, and we've provided facilities and information for you where we can.

Dogs in the countryside
If you're a dog owner in search of welcoming countryside for you and your hound, you'll find lots of dog-friendly strolls. For wagging tails and muddy paws here are a few for you to try: Ashridge Estate, Attingham Park, Basildon Park, Brockhampton Estate, Castle Ward, Clumber Park, Clytha Park (near Abergavenny)  Downs Banks, Hardcastle Crags, The Leas, Lyme Park, Plymbridge Woods, Sherborne Estate, Sheringham Park and the Stourhead Estate.

Beaches
A bracing seaside walk with your dog can be a wonderful thing. With over 700 miles of National Trust coastline, we have plenty of great dog-friendly coastal walks for you to discover. At some of our beaches there are seasonal dog restrictions at busy times of the year. These are in place to manage problems with dog fouling and protect the interests of other users, particularly families with children. Try the beaches around Coleton Fishacre in Devon, Studland in Dorset or Chapel Cliff walk in Polperro, Cornwall.

Assistance dogs
Dogs assisting visitors with disabilities are welcome inside all our houses, gardens, restaurants and shops.

Facilities for your dog
Many of our sites provide facilities for you and your dog, such as shady parking space in car parks, water for drinking bowls and hitching posts where dogs may be left. These facilities will vary from place to place and according to how busy they may be on a particular day. Please check the facilities & access webpage on your destination of choice - here you'll find details of what we have on offer for you and your dog and details of any restrictions.

Please keep dogs under control
Help keep the countryside a safe, healthy and enjoyable place for you and your dog, other visitors, wildlife and livestock:

  • Always keep your dog in sight and under control; use a lead if need be.
  • Never let your dog chase wildlife or farm animals; it causes serious injuries and your dog could become lost, hit by a car or shot.
  • Observe local notices when you’re out and about. There may be restrictions in woodland or on farmland at sensitive times of year, like in spring, during the lambing season, and between the beginning of March and the end of July when ground-nesting birds are on eggs or raising their young.
  • We ask that if your dog fouls, particularly in car parks, near picnic and play areas and on paths, you pick up and remove the mess. There may be dedicated bins to put it in at heavily used sites. Thank you.