Best places for dog walking

A couple walking their dog at Arnside Knott, Silverdale

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 dog walking so you and your four-legged friend can get even more out of your visit.

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

Latest visiting update 

Our gardens, parks, cafés, shops, countryside locations and many houses are open. You no longer need to pre-book at many places. Some still require booking ahead, so please check the property webpage before you travel.​

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.

A spaniel puppy stands with an apply in his mouth, in the orchard at Killerton, Devon

Tails of the Trust 

We've teamed up with Forthglade, our natural pet food maker partner, to celebrate some of the dogs who work with us day to day. They're just as much part of the team as any of our human colleagues and have some amazing tails to share.

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 cafés (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