The 'Woof' guide to Dunwich Heath

Man throwing a stick along the beach for his dog

Dunwich Heath is an important nature reserve and is very popular with dogs and their families. The information below will help you understand how to make the most of your visits with us at the Heath. Dogs are welcome throughout Dunwich Heath and we even let you bring them inside our tea room for a rest and a cool drink of water.

Please keep your dog in sight and under control at all times. Even though your dog may be trained and well behaved, they can still be tempted to chase some of the birds and animals.

At certain times during the year, dogs must be kept on leads. Our signs will let you know where, but this is because of special birds who nest on the ground. Your dog can be let off the lead on the beach all year round.

Please clean up after your dog and dispose of waste in the dog bins. If your dog gets thirsty, we have water bowls inside and outside the tea room, by the heath barn and near the toilet blocks.

Dunwich Heath is home to ticks, so make sure you check over your pets when you get home. Our team on-site have tick remover kits, so let us know if you need one. Adders are also on the heath. If your dog gets bitten it may hurt, but it isn't fatal - however it is best to go to a vet ASAP. We can help if your vet is too far away.

If you lose your dog whilst you’re here, please contact a member of our team as soon as possible and we will do all we can to help re-unite you. Your dog should be microchipped and always be wearing a tag showing your contact details.

You can collect a copy of our ‘Woof Guide’ from our Visitor Information Centre on your next visit, or download a copy here: Dunwich Heath Woof Guide (PDF / 2.3203125MB) download   

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