For dog-walkers

We've got a huge variety of dog-friendly places for you to explore with your pooch, from the best walking spots to holiday cottages that welcome well-behaved dogs

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

Best places for dog walking

We've some fantastic locations and landscapes for you and your four-legged friend to explore and enjoy - here are just a few suggestions.


My favourite walk: Lydford Gorge, Devon

Kate Glew, one of our visitor reception assistants, tells us why Lydford Gorge in Devon is her favourite place to walk her Fox Terrier, Pip.

Woman and dogs crossing river using stepping stones
Hardcastle Crags, West Yorkshire National Trust Images / John Millar

Our favourite dog-friendly holiday cottages 

Many of our places are as mad about dogs as you are, and welcome dogs on leads into their grounds and gardens. And now, more of our holiday cottages are welcoming well-behaved dogs, so they can join you on your break away.

Assistance dog
Assistance dog National Trust Images /David Levenson

What your dog can expect 

We're as mad about dogs as you are and many of our places provide facilities for you and your dog, such as shady parking spaces, water for drinking bowls and hitching posts where dogs may be left.

Husky dogs running in grounds of Wray Castle, Cumbria
Sit back and enjoy the ride National Trust / North West Evening Mail

Husky-mushing at Wray Castle 

Want to try your hand at husky mushing without having to travel to the wilds of Alaska? Take a trip to Wray Castle, on the shores of Lake Windermere.

Follow our lead...

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

  • Keep your dog in sight and under control - use a lead if requested
  • Don't let your dog chase wildlife or farm animals
  • Watch out for local notices. There may be restrictions in woodland or farmland at sensitive times of year, during the lambing season, or between March and the end of July when ground-nesting birds are on eggs or raising their young
  • Please always pick up after your dog. At many of our sites we've dedicated dog bins for you to use

Different restrictions apply at each of our places and at different times of year, so please check before you visit exactly where you and your four-legged friend can roam.


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