Best places for dog walking
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.
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 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.