Exploring the Dark Peak with your dog
The National Trust celebrates the infectious love of dogs and welcomes responsible dog walking. Please keep your dog on a lead when exploring the Peak District National Park in spring and summer to help us protect ground nesting birds such as Curlew, Lapwing, Meadow Pipits and Skylarks and keep vulnerable sheep and lambs safe from harm.
The season for pregnant sheep and lambs extends far either side of the ground nesting bird period and is a time when sheep are most vulnerable. From 1 March to 31 July it is the law under the Countryside Rights of Way Act 2000, to keep your dog on a lead of no more than 2 metres on open access land and all year round near livestock.
Don’t get caught out
It is easy to think there are no sheep or cattle on the moors and in the woods when they are hidden between rocks and in vegetation. Wildlife is often hidden too, camouflaged or laying low. Mountain Hares live in this landscape all year and for some dogs the chase is too good to miss! Please walk your dog without disturbing wildlife all year round.
Cattle are included in the term livestock and qualify for the same respect when walking your dog, by keeping your distance and your dog on a lead. However, cattle can feel threatened by dogs. If you think you may be chased, let go of the lead.
We thank you for setting an example to others, helping the countryside to be an enjoyable experience for people and for wildlife.For more inspiration for the best places to take your dog, take a look at our page for pooches here.
What's on for four-legged friends?
Our guided walks are free and dogs on leads are welcome. Have a look at our What’s On pages to find out when the next walk is on