Dog Walking at Castle Coole

Black Dog on Lead

Dogs are welcome at Castle Coole. We want you and your four-legged friends to enjoy your visit. Please help to ensure that all visitors, with or without dogs, can enjoy their visit by following these guidelines.

The estate is home to an array of areas for your canine for exploration, entertainment and enjoyment of the fantastic walks around Castle Coole.

The dogs are free to visit the Grand Yard area and although unfortunately they cannot enter the Tea Room, they are free to enter the Drying Green to sit with their owners while they enjoy a hot drink and a snack after a lovely long walk!

The two trails available are the Beech Trail and Lake Walk Trail, which are both dog friendly walks for you and your furry friend to enjoy.

Tips to Remember

The Drying Green is the perfect spot for you and your dog to relax.
The Drying Green is the perfect spot for you and your dog to relax.

National Trust/Sam Balcombe

The Drying Green is the perfect spot for you and your dog to relax.

Please keep your dogs under control: please respect other walkers and keep your dogs on leads, especially as the walks are alongside water and other areas which could be a risk for an uncontrolled dog.

Respect the wildlife: the estate is home to an assortment of animals and plants, especially wildflowers such as the bluebells which we wish to keep special, with the lake being home to an array of creatures, livestock and plants on the Beech trail.

Be mindful of machinery: our rangers are often carrying out essential conservation work around the estate and woodland, so we ask that you respect signs and instructions of machinery which could hurt your dog or yourself.

Don’t leave any presents behind! Please come prepared to clean up after your pooch, and there are dog waste bins across the estate with bags located with them so no waste is left for other users to discover.

Keep them cool: dogs are at risk of overheating if left in cars, so there are dog water bowls located outside visitor reception and at the exit gate so make sure your dog is well hydrated so they don’t overheat!

Keep your dog refreshed using the bowl by the shop.
Keep your dog refreshed using the bowl by the shop.

Castle Coole/Sam Balcombe

Keep your dog refreshed using the bowl by the shop.

Does my dog need to be kept on a lead?


Dogs must be kept on a short lead in the following areas.

  • The car park - We value your dog’s safety so please put your dog on a lead before letting it out of your car.

  • The garden and Stableyard - Off-lead activity can lead to physical damage of habitat through the trampling of vegetation, which can adversely damage more fragile species of plants. Dogs off lead can also cause problems of disturbance to species, particularly species of wildlife. Please respect our conservation aims by keeping your dog on a short lead throughout the garden.

  • The house – Dogs are not permitted inside the house at any time.

  • Explore and Play - As this is an area intended for children. Their health and safety is a priority for us. Dogs are allowed on a short lead and must not be taken into the dens or onto the play equipment. Please be extra vigilant and prevent fouling to ensure this is a clean, safe space for children to play.

Please note: Dogs are not permitted on the farmland. This is a grazing area. Livestock should not be disturbed.

What can I do with my dog’s waste?

Help us to keep Castle Coole a clean place for all our visitors to enjoy.

  • Clear up after your dog, no matter where it may have fouled.

  • Dispose of your dog’s waste responsibly. Do not leave dog waste by the path side, throw bags into the grassland, or even worse hang in the trees!

  • Please clear up immediately if your dog fouls.

  • Waste can be disposed of in any general waste bin or at home.

  • If you have forgotten your dog bags, some are available on site.

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.
  • 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: Keep them close by and be prepared to react to unpredictable behaviour.

Most dogs are generally loveable and playful. Don't assume that everyone likes dogs though. Other visitors and wildlife may not feel this way - they may feel frightened, ambushed or uncomfortable if your dog approaches them. Please be considerate to everybody's needs and keep your dog on a lead.

Please follow these guidelines and remember that you are responsible for your dog and its actions for the entirety of your visit.