Cattle news and dog walking tips on Headley

Belted Galloway cattle on wood pasture

Belted Galloway cattle are gentle creatures and not easily frightened; however please keep dogs on leads close to them.

Why not pop along and see these furry 'lawn-mowers'? They're full of character and cute too...

Walking your dog on Headley

Headley Heath is a fantastic place to walk your dog and responsible dog owners are always welcome. The Heathland areas around Purley plain, Ranmore Vista and Lark Heath are easily accessible, or there’s Fifth and Sixth Valley on the chalk downland for those feeling more adventurous.

Please follow the guidance set out below to ensure that you have and enjoyable visit:

  • Please keep your dog under close control; this means keeping it in sight at all times and knowing that it will return to you immediately when called. We recommend that you use a lead in and around our car parks and the Children’s Discovery Area.
  • There’re a number of rare bird species on the heath. If you’re walking with your dog between 1 March and 31 July, your dog should be kept on a short lead in all areas to help protect ground nesting birds (The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000).
  • We have Belted Galloway cattle grazing freely on the site at various times of year. Although the cattle are not dangerous to dogs, please make sure that dogs are well supervised when around them. We'll put up signs to let you know when the cattle are on the heath and when your dog needs to be and under close control.
  • In the very unlikely event that cattle chase you and your dog, it’s safer to let go of your dog’s lead. A dog free from its lead is likely to be able to escape cattle.
  • Please make sure that you clean up after your dog, as dog waste can be very damaging to both the environment and people’s health. We're happy for you to put your dog waste in any of the bins provided on site.
  • Please don’t leave your dog in your car - our car parks are in full sun and have no shade; dogs can become ill quickly in a car, even on a cloudy day.

Natural England have some useful tips about walking your dog in the countryside. If you need more information about visiting with your dog, please contact us for more information.

Henry Barnard
Area Ranger