Visiting Canons Ashby with your dog

Dog walking at Canons Ashby

Dogs are part of the family, and it's great to see our visitors enjoying a day out with their four-legged friends, whether it's a walk in the parkland with the family or lunch in the tea-garden whilst your pup companion relaxes.

Temporary trial of extended access for dogs

We are trialling temporarily allowing well-behaved dogs on leads into all areas of our formal garden, from Monday 5 July until the end of September. 

We will collect feedback about the trial during this time. (There will be a comment card box and a little paper feedback forms at Visitor Reception)

After this we will evaluate how the trial went and decide whether to keep the formal garden as “assistance dogs only”, or to extend access to all well-behaved dogs on leads.

Where can my dog go?

You're very welcome to take your dogs, on a short lead, anywhere outside except for the children's Wild Play Corner.

During our trial of extended access in the formal garden, well-behaved dogs on short leads are welcome in any part of the formal garden as well. This trial will end at the end of September. (Outside of the trial, dogs and owners are permitted to access the parkland via walking accross the top terrace of the garden, but the rest of the garden is assistance dogs only.)

Please ensure that dogs stay on a short lead everywhere on site, including the parkland where there are livestock and wildlife.

There are several footpaths and walks nearby, however, bear in mind that local stiles are mostly filled in underneath to prevent lambs escaping, so these routes are only accessible if you can lift your dog over a stile. Many fields have sheep and cows in them all year round.

Where can't my dog go?

The house and tea-room, and children's wild play corner are unsuitable for dogs, other than assistance dogs.

What to do with the poo?

There is a dog poo bin at the top of the paddock near the blackboard signs at the top of the path, and on the fence by the road gate at the bottom of the paddock. Please ask at visitor reception if you can't find it. Otherwise, please take it home with you.

What do I need to be aware of?

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 or livestock by keeping them on a short lead.
  • Scoop that poop: bag it and bin it to keep this place beautiful and safe.
  • Be on the ball: not everyone loves dogs, so keep them close by.
  • Please be aware that some plants can be toxic to dogs.
  • The children's wild play corner is for assistance dogs only.

Useful things to know

There are water bowls dotted around to keep your pups hydrated, and an outdoor tap available on the left of the tea-room building.

If you have any questions please have a chat with a member of the team on your way in, who will be happy to help you.

Visitors walking two dogs in the woodland at Blickling, Norfolk


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