Dog walks in the East of England

We know how dear your four-legged friends are to you, so we thought you might like to know about some of the dog-friendly places perfect for exploring with your pooch in the East of England.

Walking with us

There may be restrictions in place on some of these walks. Please make sure you check web pages for individual places before you travel, to see if you need to book ahead and to find out the latest information about visiting. Our walking trails can be popular, so remember to maintain social distancing on your walk.

Paws for thought


We love to welcome dogs whenever we can. The best places for walkies in the East are:

Norfolk - Blickling, Felbrigg, Sheringham Park, Oxburgh Hall and Norfolk Coast 

Cambridgeshire - Wicken Fen, Houghton Mill and the parkland at Wimpole 

Suffolk - Dunwich Heath, Ickworth, Flatford, Sutton Hoo and Kyson Hill 

Essex - Blakes Wood, Pin Mill and Hatfield Forest 

Bedfordshire - Sharpenhoe and Dunstable Downs 

Hertfordshire - Ashridge Estate

Bone Appétit

After a stroll, it’s nice to have somewhere to sit back and put your feet (paws) up. As well as a handy water bowl, why not head to one of our dog friendly café's, which welcome well-behaved dogs.  

  • The Kiosk at Dunwich Heath, Suffolk
  • Courtyard Café at Sheringham Park, Norfolk
  • Flatford’s riverside tea-room, Suffolk
  • Forest Café at Hatfield Forest, Essex
  • Muddy Boots Café at Blickling, Norfolk
  • Keeper's Café at Sutton Hoo, Suffolk 
  • View Café at Dunstable Downs, Bedfordshire
  • On the terrace of the Old Rectory Restaurant at Wimpole, Cambridgeshire
  • Porter’s Lodge at Ickworth, Suffolk
  • Squires Pantry at Felbrigg Hall, Norfolk 
  • The Pantry at Oxburgh Hall, Norfolk

Dog friendly holidays

Bringing an assistance dog?

The houses in our care are only for humans, however assistance dogs are more widely admitted, so please check with individual places for more details.

Follow our lead...

Help us keep the countryside a safe, healthy and enjoyable place for you and your dog, other visitors, wildlife and livestock:

  • Keep your dog in sight and under control - use a lead if requested
  • Don't let your dog chase wildlife or farm animals
  • Watch out for local notices. There may be restrictions in woodland or farmland at sensitive times of year, during the lambing season, or between March and the end of July when ground-nesting birds are on eggs or raising their young
  • Please always pick up after your dog. At many of our sites we've dedicated dog bins for you to use

Different restrictions apply at each of our places and at different times of year, so please check before you visit exactly where you and your four-legged friend can roam.