Visiting Acorn Bank with your dog

A happy dog walking in amongst bluebells

Stretch your legs with a walk through Acorn Bank’s historic woodland. It’s home to many species of birds and a whole host of wild flowers – including snowdrops in winter, primroses in spring and bluebells in early summer.

Where can I take my dog?

Dogs are very welcome on leads in the woodland and on the wider estate. We ask that you keep your dog on a lead as Acorn Bank is home to rare wildlife such as red squirrels, otters and ground nesting birds. Please also make sure your dog is on a lead when walking on footpaths around the estate as livestock graze the parkland all year round. We hope to get the café back up and running later this year where your four-legged friends will be welcome.

Where can’t my dog go?

Only assistance dogs are allowed in the gardens and watermill.

Which walks would you recommend for my dog and I?

This 3km walk is our favourite, taking you through the woodland, along the riverbank and into Temple Sowerby, passing historical landmarks as you go. Download it here.

What do I need to be aware of at Acorn Bank?

To make sure everyone has a great day please follow our Canine Code:

Take the lead: help reduce the chance of your pup disturbing wildlife and other visitors by keeping him/her on a lead.

Scoop that poop: please bag it and bin it to help keep the park clean and safe for others.

Paws for thought: look out for information signs and take extra care during sensitive times of year like lambing in the spring.

Be on the ball: remember that not everyone loves dogs, so please keep them close by.