Visiting Calke Abbey with your dog

Dog walking at Calke Abbey in Derbyshire

We love dogs, and they're more than welcome to come and explore the park and Stableyards at Calke Abbey. We're now welcoming well-behaved dogs in the gardens for the winter season.

Visiting Calke with your dog

Although the house is just for humans, there are plenty of walks in 600 acres of parkland for you to enjoy with your canine companion. Ask in the Ticket Office about the best walks to enjoy with your dog this winter.

This winter, you can also bring your four-legged friends into Calke's gardens. Please make sure they're on a short lead while you explore, and don't forget to scoop that poop – it helps us to keep the gardens clean for all visitors to enjoy. There are plenty of bins around the Stableyards and we'll be happy to point you in the right direction.

Dogs are welcome in the gardens this winter
Winter dog walks at Calke Abbey in Derbyshire
Dogs are welcome in the gardens this winter

Help to protect our livestock

We're lucky enough to have lots of livestock grazing around the estate, including a flock of sheep and a herd of long-horn cattle.

Please help us to protect our livestock by keeping your dog on a lead and under control in areas where we have livestock.

Refreshments for you and your dog

Dogs are also welcome to sit with you while you enjoy a warming cuppa or something to eat in the restaurant and café courtyards. You can even buy a frozen yoghurt for you dog – we stock Frozzys in the café, which will go down a treat with your four-legged friends.

Just outside the restaurant courtyard there are tethering rings and water bowls for your dog. You will also find water bowls outside the café and plenty of shaded eating areas.

Dogs are welcome to join you inside our café at Staunton Harold Reservoir, a pleasant half hour walk away. Download the directions below, or pop into the Ticket Office to pick up a guide. 

The Tramway Trail is great for dog walking
Walking at Calke Abbey in Derbyshire
The Tramway Trail is great for dog walking

Leaving your dog unaccompanied

Please be aware we are unable to provide shaded parking at Calke Abbey. Even on a mild day the temperature inside a car can become very hot. We ask that you keep your dog safe and do not leave them in the car.

If you need to visit an area where dogs cannot accompany you such as the shop or toilets, then please use the tethering rings located outside the restaurant courtyard. Please only leave your dog tethered for a short time.

Assistance dogs

Assistance dogs are welcome throughout Calke.

You are able to take them with you to all areas of Calke Abbey including the shop, restaurant, house, gardens and church. Please make sure they are wearing their identity harness.

Make the most of your day with your dog

Download Calke's guide for dog walkers for all the information you may need to explore with your four-legged friend.

Calke's Dog Walkers' Guide (PDF / 1.4MB) download