Visiting Ashridge Estate with your dog

Two people and their dogs walk down a track

Ashridge is a popular place to walk your dog. We have visitors of all kinds here: some on foot, some on wheels, and some on horseback, so we ask those of you bringing your dogs to follow our guidance and help us keep Ashridge special for everyone.

 

Where can my dog go?

We love dogs at Ashridge Estate and they are welcome on all our routes. You can find a map of the estate to help plan your visit here

What do I need to be aware of at Ashridge Estate?

To make sure everyone has an enjoyable day please follow our Canine Code:

  • Take the lead: help reduce the chance of your pup disturbing wildlife by keeping them on a lead.
  • Scoop the poop: bag it and bin it to keep your favourite places.
  • Paws for thought: look out for information signs and take extra care on cliff/narrow paths
  • Be on the ball: not everyone loves dogs, so keep them close by. 

Dogs and other animals

Wild deer can be seen anywhere and at any time on the estate. It's therefore vital that you can control your dog if it is off the lead. When dogs chase deer, the consequences can be very serious. Apart from the stress and suffering to the deer, there's the risk of road traffic accidents which could injure the deer, your dog and the driver. Every year people have their cars written off due to deer being chased by dogs running out into the road. It's better to not take the risk so, if in doubt, keep your dog on a lead.


Also, it’s the law that all dogs on common or access land are on leads during the bird nesting season which runs from 1 March to 31 July each year. Dogs running through long grass will harm ground nesting birds and their chicks.


There are several areas of the estate where cattle and sheep graze. Please adhere to any notices relating to livestock in these areas, give the animals plenty of space, and keep your dog on a short lead.

 

Professional Dog Walkers

The maximum number of dogs that you can walk on the estate is six, as long as they are all well trained, known to the person walking them and are under close control. If the dogs are young, less well trained or unfamiliar with the person walking them, a smaller number will be appropriate.

Facilities available for my dog

There are water bowls near the entrance to the Visitor Centre are five dog bins along Monument Drive and around the Visitor Centre for you to use.