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.

Where can my dog go?

Well-behaved dogs on short leads are welcome anywhere outside at Canons Ashby except for the children's Wild Play Corner.

Please be aware that there are often sheep and cows in the parkland, and that we focus on caring for the wildlife of all of these spaces, which is why it's so important to keep your dogs on short leads everywhere on site.

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, 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 one 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 and don't let them approach people without checking with them first.
  • 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.

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