Visiting Monksthorpe with your dog

How you and your dog can get the best out of your visit.

Dogs are very welcome in the graveyard and grounds, but assistance dogs only can enter the chapel and outbuildings.

Where can my dog go?

Dogs need to be under effective control in the graveyard and need to be on a lead in the area reserved for wildlife (number 11 on this map): Monksthorpe grounds plan (PDF / 0.8369140625MB) download

Our definition of close or effective control is:

  • Being able to recall your dogs in any situation at the first call.
  • Being able to clearly see your dog at all times (not just knowing they have gone into the undergrowth or over the crest of the hill). In practice this means keeping them on a footpath if the surrounding vegetation is too dense for your dog to be visible.
  • Not allowing them to approach other visitors without their consent.
  • Having a lead with you to use if you encounter livestock, wildlife or you are asked to use one.
Dog walking
Dog walking on a lead
Dog walking

What do I need to be aware of at Monksthorpe?

With our corporate partner Forthglade we produced the Canine Code which includes the basic behaviour we expect from dog walkers: 

  • 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 steep paths.
  • Be on the ball: not everyone loves dogs, so keep them close by. 
Enjoy a stroll with your dog
Visitor walking their dog in the parkland
Enjoy a stroll with your dog