Visiting Calke Abbey with your dog

Winter dog walks 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.

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 at this time of year. 

From Mon 4 Nov, well-behaved dogs on short leads are welcome in Calke's gardens for the duration of the winter season, so the whole family can discover the bare bones of the garden.

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. 

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.

Bring your four-legged friends to Calke Abbey for walkies!
Dog walking at Calke Abbey in Derbyshire
Bring your four-legged friends to Calke Abbey for walkies!

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