Visiting Carding Mill Valley and the Shropshire Hills with your dog

Keep your dogs on leads in lambing season at Carding Mill Valley in Shropshire

Bring your dog along to Carding Mill Valley and the Shropshire Hills, there are miles of footpaths and open countryside to explore together. These hills are home to lots of animals and wildlife. Find out how to keep them and your dog safe whilst you're walking.

Where can my dog go?

There are miles of footpaths to explore with your dog across the Shropshire Hills. Whilst there are no restrictions to where dogs can go, we do expect owners to keep dogs under close control. 

Our definition of close control is:

  • Being able to control your dog in any situation at the first call
  • Being able to clearly see your dog at all times
  • Not allowing your dog to approach other walkers without their consent
  • Having a lead with you to use if you encounter livestock or wildlife 

Breeding season - Take the lead

Every year, from March to May, the sheep on the Shropshire Hills give birth to their lambs. It’s vitally important that you keep your dog on a lead during this period. Chasing by dogs can do serious damage to sheep, even if the dog doesn't catch them. The stress of worrying by dogs can cause sheep to die and pregnant ewes to miscarry their lambs. So, take the lead to protect your pet and the farmers' livestock and livelihood. 

The Shropshire Hills is an important breeding area for ground nesting birds such as grouse and curlew. Disturbed birds may be prevented from settling, or if they're already nesting they will fly away from their nests, neglecting their eggs or chicks. The breeding season runs from March to July so please keep your dog on a lead at this time. 

We welcome many responsible dog walkers in the Shropshire Hills. Help us to set a good example by clearing up after your dog and keeping it on a lead during lambing and breeding season. Thank you for helping to keep our countryside safe and tidy for everyone. 

Ewe and lambs on the Long Mynd in spring
Ewe and lambs on the Long Mynd in spring
Ewe and lambs on the Long Mynd in spring

Take note of the Canine code

  • Take the lead: help reduce the chance of your pup disturbing wildlife by keeping them on a lead
  • Scoop that poop: bag and bin it to keep your favourite places beautiful
  • Paws for thought: look out for information sings to make the most of your visit
  • Be on the ball: not everyone loves dogs, so keep them close by

Facilities available for my dog

There are five dog poo bins at Carding Mill Valley and one at Batch Valley. Please remember to bring poo bags and clear up after your dog. If there isn't a dog waste bin nearby, please take it home with you.