Best places for dog walking

Dog walking in Hughenden Park

Are you wondering where to take your dog next? Dog walking in the open countryside and along the rugged coastlines we care for is special for many reasons.

Watch your pup chase a ball, run across a beach and explore quiet woodland. Spending time together in nature is good for you too.

Our partner, Devon-based natural pet food maker Forthglade, has also come up with some top tips on winter dog walking so you and your four-legged friend can get even more out of your visit.

This three-year partnership is based on our shared love of open spaces and the special relationships between dogs and their owners.

A moment of peace

From acres of lush parkland to mysterious ruins surrounded by quiet countryside, we look after some incredible landscapes that you and your dog can explore.

Take a moment of peace. Listen to the sounds of busy wildlife, admire a spider's web sparkling with frost, and feel the wind on your face.

Get the most out of dog walking 

We want to make sure you and your dog get the most out of the woodlands, fields, parkland, and beaches we look after. From improving dog-friendly trails to providing more waste bins and water bowls, we're taking steps to make sure you and your pup feel welcome.

In return, we ask you to keep the countryside a safe, healthy and enjoyable place for everyone. 

We’ve teamed up with Forthglade to create the canine code, so you and your four-legged friend can help care for the places you love. 

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 and take extra care on cliff paths.

Be on the ball: not everyone loves dogs, so keep them close by.

What you and your dog can expect 

Many National Trust places offer: 

  • Water, drinking bowls and leads
  • Dog-friendly cafes (some may be closed because of Covid 19 restrictions-please check below for the latest information on what's open). 
  • Maps and dog-walking trails

Assistance dogs are welcome inside all our houses, gardens, restaurants and shops.

Find a dog walk near you
Walking your dogs at Nymans

Dog walking in the South East 

You'll find a variety of places to explore with your dog in the South East. Explore parkland and countryside near urban areas or wander along beautiful stretches of coastline.

A dog playing on Studland Beach, Dorset

Top dog walking spots in the South West 

From golden beaches and quiet woodland, the South West has incredible landscapes that you can enjoy with your four-legged friend. Here are some of our favourite dog walking places.

Midlands and the East of England

Dog walks in the North

Dog walking in Northern Ireland

Dog-friendly walks in Northern Ireland 

From the city views of Black Mountain to the fragile network of dunes at Murlough Nature Reserve, we look after a diverse range of dog walking trails in Northern Ireland.

Winter dog walking tips

Getting some exercise, soaking up natural light and enjoying the beauty of the natural world are all good ways to improve your wellbeing at this time of year. But going for a dog walk can feel like a bit of a chore when the weather is cold and the days are short.This is why we've teamed up with our friends at Forthglade to put together some top tips to help you get the most out of dog walking this winter.