For dog-walkers

We've got a huge variety of dog-friendly places for you to explore with your pooch, from the best walking spots to holiday cottages that welcome well-behaved dogs

Barrington court dogs face
A dog by the fire at Sticklebarn in Langdale Cumbria

9 walks with dog-friendly cafés 

After a long stroll in the fresh air with your four-legged friend, it’s nice to have somewhere to sit back and put your feet (or paws) up. We’ve chosen some of our favourite walks with dog-friendly cafés, so the whole family can enjoy getting outside with the promise of a biscuit at the end of the trail.


My favourite walk: Lydford Gorge, Devon

Kate Glew, one of our visitor reception assistants, tells us why Lydford Gorge in Devon is her favourite place to walk her Fox Terrier, Pip.

Woman and dogs crossing river using stepping stones

Dog-friendly holiday cottages 

Many of our places are as mad about dogs as you are, and welcome dogs on leads into their grounds. Now, more of our holiday cottages are welcoming well-behaved dogs, so they can join you on your break away.

Assistance dog

What your dog can expect 

We're as mad about dogs as you are and many of our places provide facilities for you and your dog, such as shady parking spaces, water for drinking bowls and hitching posts where dogs may be left.

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.

Heathland flora in the New Forest, Hampshire

Ticks and Lyme disease 

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection spread to humans by infected ticks. Ticks are tiny spider-like creatures found in woodland and heath areas. Find out what to do if you are worried about ticks or Lyme disease


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