Best places for dog walking

Need inspiration on where to walk your dog next?

We've got 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. There are some fantastic locations and landscapes for you and your dog to explore.

Our recommended dog-friendly walking trails:

Best places for walkies

Wasdale, Cumbria
Walkers and their dog at Wasdale, Cumbria
National Trust Images / Joe Cornish

In the countryside

From ancient parks to vast valleys and wild woodlands, here are some special countryside places to set tails wagging:

    Ashridge Estate
    Attingham Park
    Castle Ward
    Downs Banks
    Hardcastle Crags
    Lyme Park
    Plymbridge Woods
    Sheringham Park

Morte Point, North Devon
Visitors on the rocks at Morte Point, Devon
National Trust Images / John Millar

By the beach

A bracing seaside walk along picturesque coastal paths, with pooch at your side, can be a wonderful thing. With more than 775 miles of coastline in our care, we have plenty of great coastal walks for you to discover. Here's a selection:

    Embleton and Newton Links, Northumberland
    Marloes Sands, Wales
    Studland Beach, Dorset
    White Cliffs of Dover

Take the lead from us

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

Facilities: Many of our places 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 and access page 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.

Keep dogs under control: Help keep the countryside a safe, healthy and enjoyable place for you and your dog, other visitors, wildlife and livestock. Keep pooch in sight and and use a lead if requested. Look out for local notices and use the dedicated dog bins.

There's plenty of space to walk your dog at Hadrian's Wall, Northumberland
Hadrian's Wall, Northumberland National Trust images / Joe Cornish


Many of our places are as mad about dogs as you are. Find out more about bringing your dog with you.

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