Dog walking at Charlecote Park

Visitors with their dogs on parkland route at Charlecote Park

We welcome well-behaved dogs (and their owners!) in parts of the parkland. The parkland is open from 9am so you can enjoy an early-morning stroll away from the bustle later in the day.

Our dog-walking route takes between 20 minutes and an hour, depending on your route and walking pace. It's perfect for dog-walkers looking for a short to medium stroll rather than a full day out with your dog. Check the link below to see the route.

Pick up a dog-walking guide on your way in, or download it here:

Charlecote dog walking route leaflet (PDF / 2.7MB) download

Please note that some of the food and beverage outlets may not be open on quiet days, but there will always be somewhere for dog walkers to pick up a drink and a snack.

A grand day out for all

Help us to keep Charlecote a safe and enjoyable place for you and your dog, other visitors, our wildlife, and our sheep and deer. 
Please...

  • Keep your dogs on a short lead (not extendable) at all times. 
     
  • Clear up after your dog – lots of bins are provided along the dog-walking route and in the car park.  
     
  • Stick to the clearly marked dog-walking route – conservation of our wildlife and livestock is paramount.
     
  • Please be aware that when our sheep have lambs with them and the deer are dropping their fawns there may be some electric fencing around areas of the parkland. To keep our herds stress-free, we ask that all dogs are kept on leads at all times.
     
  • Consider one of the public footpath routes from our car park instead, if you know your dog gets excitable around livestock. Our friendly VR team will point you in the right direction.
     
  • Note that dogs in doggy strollers and doggy backpacks are permitted only on the dog-walking route.
     
  • Bear in mind that there’s plenty of space for everyone, but please remember that some of our visitors are not comfortable around dogs.
Care of our wildlife is our priority
Swan spreads wings on lake in parkland at Charlecote Park
Care of our wildlife is our priority

Walkies only

Please bear in mind that there isn’t anywhere to leave your dog if you want to visit the house. Perhaps pop back to Charlecote again another day and leave your dog to snooze at home.

There’s a Dog Hitch Point by the loos next to the Gatehouse so you can take a comfort stop but please don't leave dogs here for more than a few minutes, we don't want to see them distressed.

You'll find dog-hitch posts near the gatehouse loos so you can take a quick comfort stop
Westies at dog hitch post on dog walking route at Charlecote Park
You'll find dog-hitch posts near the gatehouse loos so you can take a quick comfort stop

Dogs are welcome in our new plant and garden sales area by the car park so you can browse on your way out. We have introduced catering facilities in the car park with benches too, which are proving very popular with our dog-walking friends (reduced opening hours at the moment).

Water bowls are provided outside Visitor Reception and the Dog Hitch Point. Do let us know if you see that they need topping up.

We have short leads and dog poo bags available for you to use if you've forgotten to bring any, please ask in Visitor Reception.

Join today

If you're a National Trust member you can pop in for a walk as often as you like, and enjoy over 500 other places to visit throughout the year too.

Every membership that our Visitor Reception team sells directly raises much-needed funds for our work at Charlecote. Every time you show your membership card on your way in it generates a payment for us from central funds - so every visit counts.

We are a charity and receive no government funding.

There are links below to other National Trust dog-friendly pages.

For ever, for everyone

We are responding to requests from dog-owners to be able to bring their pets to Charlecote over many years. We will keep the policy under review and hope that dog owners respect our Dog Walking Policy.

Assistance dogs remain welcome throughout Charlecote. 

A Victorian portrait of Henry Spencer Lucy with his faithful gundog seated in the parterre
Portrait of Henry Spencer Lucy with retriever dog at Charlecote
A Victorian portrait of Henry Spencer Lucy with his faithful gundog seated in the parterre