Dog owners

Let's go walkies

There's fun for dogs and owners alike

There's fun for dogs and owners alike

There is a beautiful perimeter walk for dogs in the garden. It enjoys some of the best views of the coast from the garden, and leads almost to the coastal footpath. While there is work going on along one of the main paths, dogs on leads are welcome on the main tarmac path as part of the route.

Ask for a map in reception.

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Dog-friendly walking

There's plenty of fun to be had here and nearby with your dogs.

There are some beautiful walks along the coastal footpath, at nearby Mansands and Scabbacombe beach, as well as Froward Point.

We had dogs of all shapes and sizes enter the fun competitions on dog day © National Trust

We had dogs of all shapes and sizes enter the fun competitions on dog day

Doggy day

Dogs were welcome throughout the gardens for our annual doggy day on Monday 5 May, and fun competitions took place on the Bowling Green Lawn, judged by The Blue Cross. These included waggiest tale, golden oldie, best dressed couple and more. This was our second annual dog day - last year over 70 lovely dogs entered these competitions, and this year just as many came to join the fun.

Oakwood Gundogs had a stand on the Bowling Green Lawn and gave demonstrations throughout the day. One of the biggest hits of the day was Oakwood Gundogs' scurry; in the words of Russell from Oakwood, a scurry 'is a timed competition aimed at finding the dog that retrieves a dummy in the fastest time. An Oakwood Gundog scurry is a fun, have-a-go event. Any dog can join in, whatever its breed or training.'

Look out for doggy day next year.

Put your paws up

Your dogs can rest in the shade next to the house

Your dogs can rest in the shade next to the house

Through the archway next to the house and on the right is a quiet, shady spot, complete with tethering rings and water bowls, where your dog can rest while you look around the house. If possible, please leave a member of your party with the dog, but if not, keep an ear out for whining - upset dogs can upset visitors.

Take a break

Sit outside in the sunshine with your canine friend and enjoy a drink - there are always bowls of water available for thirsty dogs.

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