Dog walkers' guide to Hinton Ampner

Dog walking in winter at Ashridge Herts

Hinton Ampner is a large estate, set within the heart of the South Downs. We love dogs at Hinton Ampner so we have opened up the wider estate to dog owners to walk their four legged friends.


Although dogs are not allowed in the formal gardens, we have 4 miles of trails and estate walks, including 200 hectares of woodland to explore.  All our walks are accessible from our Visitor Reception where you can collect a map of where dogs can roam. Our parkland and estate is a fully-functioning commercial farm so dogs must be kept on leads at all times.

Doggie dos and dont's

To help us ensure our visitors, dogs and wildlife get along, please can you:

  • Keep your dog under control on a lead at all times
  • Pick up your dog's mess and place it in the bins provided
  • Only bring assistance dogs into our buildings
  • Avoid leaving dogs in cars on hot days
  • All dogs are welcome to sit outside the café but not on top of chairs and tables


Follow the Countryside Code from South Downs National Park:

Time for a pit-stop

Don’t forget to pop into our cafe after your walk for some tea and cake. Your dogs are welcome in the courtyard where there is plenty of uncover seating.  You will also find some water bowls for our four legged friends to quench their thirst after a long walk.