Bringing your dog to Hardcastle Crags

A black cocker spaniel sits on a rock at Hardcastle Crags

We love welcoming well-behaved dogs to explore all that Hardcastle Crags has to offer.

With over 15 miles of footpaths to explore, Hardcastle Crags is a dog-walkers paradise. Whether you fancy a short stroll through the woodland or a challenging hike up the valley, there’s lots for you and your four-legged friend to enjoy.

Four-legged friends are welcome in the café too
White dog sat at table next to a coffee mug
Four-legged friends are welcome in the café too

Where can my dog go?

Dogs are welcome in our woodland and on lead in our cafe and Gibson Mill. 

Where can't my dog go?

Please don't take your dog in the toilet block - there's not much room. We also recommend keeping your dog on a short lead near the edges of the woodland, where livestock graze in neighbouring fields.

What do I need to be aware of at Hardcastle Crags?

To make sure everyone has an enjoyable time, please follow our canine code;

  • Take the lead: Keep your dog under close control, preferably on a lead, at all times Don’t let your dog chase wildlife or grazing animals.
  • Scoop that poop: Bag it and bin it, or take it home with you, to keep Hardcastle Crags beautiful.
  • Be on the ball: Not everyone loves dogs, so keep them close by.
  • Paws for thought: Look out for signs. Some of our walks have stiles, not gates.

What facilities are available for my dog?

We have water bowls in the yard at Gibson Mill. There is one poo bin near the mill, but if this is full, please take your bags home with you.

Now you and your four-legged friend are ready to start your adventure.