Visiting Dudmaston with your dog

Dog walking in winter at Ashridge Herts

Four-legged friends are very welcome here. For your regular woodland walkies, bring your dog to Comer Woods, which is part of the Dudmaston Estate. Parking is free for National Trust members and you don't need to book to visit here. Explore the walks around the pool at Dudmaston Hall, open seasonally. Please check opening times before visiting.

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 signs to make the most of your visit.
  • Be on the ball: not everyone loves dogs, so keep them close by.
Bring your dog for a walk
Couple walking a dog on woodland path
Bring your dog for a walk

Where can my dog go?

Comer Woods

Open everyday, all year-round, Comer Woods is a great place to explore with your dog. Check the car park opening times before you visit.

Dogs are welcome to explore off lead, under close control. 

What we mean by close control...

  • Being able to recall 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 visitors without their consent
  • Having a lead with you to use if you encounter livestock or wildlife

Parking in Comer Woods is free for National Trust members. A small parking charge applies to non-members. Please scan your membership card in the machine to receive your free ticket. Funds raised in the car park help us to pay for on-going conservation and access work in the woods

Dudmaston Hall 

Check our open days and times here. 

Where can my dog go?

Dogs on leads are welcome in the orchard, courtyard and on parkland walks. Take in the views, make the most of the open spaces and explore the pathways together.

Where can't my dog go?

Dogs, apart from assistance dogs, are not allowed in the garden or any indoor spaces, including the mansion, tea-room and galleries.

There is plenty of seating outside our Orchard Tea-room where dogs and owners can relax after a long walk.

Download your dog walking guide for Dudmaston Hall here

Dog walking map at Dudmaston (PDF / 2.2MB) download

What do I need to be aware of at Dudmaston?

Grazing livestock

We have roaming cattle on the estate which is why we ask everyone to keep their dogs on leads throughout the park. Cows are very inquisitive animals by nature and are often curious about dogs.

A herd of Hebridean Sheep graze in the Dingle. Please keep your dog on a lead and clean up after them. Chasing or worrying by dogs can do serious damage to sheep, and sometimes it kills them, even if the dog doesn't catch them. 

Cattle graze the park at Dudmaston from May-October
Dudmaston cows cattle grazing summer
Cattle graze the park at Dudmaston from May-October



Facilities for my dog

Please take your dog poo home with you. Sometimes, we know that's not easy, so you'll find two poo bins in this area, one along the track from the car park and another in Heath Meadow. Please do not 'stick and flick' dog poo from the footpaths, bag it and bin it to help us keep the countryside beautiful. 

Walking in Comer Woods