Visiting Calke Abbey with your dog

Dog walking at Calke Abbey in Derbyshire

We love dogs at Calke Abbey, and they’re more than welcome to visit the parkland, gardens and stableyards.

Where can my dog go?

Dogs are welcome to enjoy the 600-acre parkland, gardens, stableyards and Calke Explore.

We also welcome dogs in the stableyard café near the ticket office, open at weekends, bank holidays and school holidays. Please note the main restaurant remains open for assistance dogs only.

Dogs can be off-lead in many areas of the estate, as long as they’re under close control. Download our dog-walking guide at the end of this page to find out where your dog can roam free.

We define ‘close control’ as:

  • Being able to recall your dog in any situation at the first call.
  • Being able to clearly see your dog at all times. In practice, this means keeping them on a footpath if the surrounding vegetation is too dense for your dog to be visible.
  • Not allowing them to approach other visitors without their consent.
  • Having a lead with you to use if you encounter livestock, wildlife, or you are asked to use one.

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. Livestock can often be found on the meadows, the historic drive and Lime Avenue – please help up protect the animals by keeping your dog on a lead and under control in areas where we have livestock.

Where can’t my dog go?

Only assistance dogs are allowed inside the house, restaurant, shop, toilets and church – please make sure they’re wearing an identity harness. There are some tether points just outside the restaurant courtyard if you need to pop inside for a few minutes.

Please be aware that we’re 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.

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

What do I need to be aware of at Calke Abbey?

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 when necessary.
  • Scoop that poop: bag it and bin it to keep your favourite places beautiful.
  • Paws for thought: look out for information signs.
  • Be on the ball: not everyone loves dogs, so keep them close by.

Facilities available for my dog

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.

There are plenty of dog poo bins around the estate, conveniently positioned in areas if high footfall. These are marked on the map in our dog-walking guide.  

Dogs are welcome to join you inside our café at Staunton Harold Reservoir, a pleasant half hour walk away. Download the directions below.

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 / 3.6MB) download