Dog walking at Little Frensham Pond

Visitors dog-walking at Ickworth, Suffolk

We welcome responsible dog walkers who enjoy the tranquility and views of Frensham Little Pond while helping us protect this precious heathland.

Frensham Little Pond is a wonderful area to walk your dog with a number of paths to follow and explore. 

We want everyone to enjoy and help protect the countryside and local wildlife for future generations. Frensham Little Pond is a special place, with habitats recognised by Natural England and shared by a wide range of birds, animals, insects and fish as well as people.  

Be a responsible dog walker   

Dogs are always welcome. Please keep them under close control, ensuring that they are in sight at all times and will return to you when called. If you are not sure, use a lead. We recommend the use of dog leads around car parks and visitor areas.  Dogs must be on a lead around the café area.

Always clean up after your dog and use the dog waste bins – ‘bag it and bin it’. We all know dog mess is unpleasant and it can damage both the environment and people’s health. Please don’t hang used bags on trees.  

Please don’t leave your four-legged friend in the car. Cars can get very hot inside, even in the shade on cloudy days. 

Dogs and the pond  

Dogs relish a paddle, and we have prepared two special areas for them to enjoy the water. One is at ‘the beach’ by the café, and the other is a pooch’s paddling pool at the south side of the pond, marked by a living hedge. The remaining edges of the pond are fenced off to protect the habitats of the water birds and the fish. Be aware that the pond contains large fish such as the pike, which can deliver a nasty bite. If your dog is thirsty, you can find a bowl of refreshing water by the café. 

Please note that swimming is not permitted in the pond.

Protect ground-nesting birds

We are very lucky that the heather at this site is a haven for threatened ground nesting birds, such as the nightjar and skylark. These birds build their nests and raise their young on the ground between March and September. During this time it is most important that you prevent your dog from running through the heather, as this will disturb the birds. Keep to the paths and use a lead if necessary, and do listen out for the fast, rich outpouring of daytime song from the skylark and the unique churring of the nightjar if you are out at dusk.  

Natural England offer additional advice about bringing your dog into the countryside which can be found on their website