Visiting Kinver Edge and the Rock Houses with your dog

Dog walkers by the shore of Derwentwater, Borrowdale and Derwent Water, Cumbria.

Kinver Edge is a great place to come and exercise with your dog. There are miles of footpaths and open countryside for you to explore. Well behaved dogs and owners are welcome to take a break on the outdoor seating in the Rock Houses garden, where you can enjoy a cuppa and take in the views from the cliff top.

Kinver Edge countryside

Where can my dog go?

The woods and heath of Kinver Edge are a great place to enjoy with your dog. There are many miles of open walking country and free access all year round. There are three waymarked trails you can follow, taking in the different features from Hill Fort, to woodland, Rock Houses and open heath. 

Canine code

  • 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 
  • Be on the ball: not everyone loves dogs, so keep them close by 

What do I need to be aware of at Kinver Edge?

Whilst on many of our paths your dog can explore off lead, there are times of the year and certain areas of sesitive habitat where dogs need to be under close control or kept on a lead. 

Our definition of close control is:

  • Being able to recall your dog in any situation at the first call
  • Being able to clearly see your dog at all times 
  • Not allowing your dog to approach other visitors without their consent
  • Having a lead with you to use if you encounter livestock or wildlife

Breeding season - Take the lead

Every year, from March to July, the amazing wildlife that call Kinver Edge home begin to breed. It’s vitally important that you keep your dog on a lead during this period. You'll come across signs that tell you where you need to take the lead when you're out walking.

Keeping your dog on a lead ensures that wildlife, livestock and other visitors are kept safe from disturbance. It’s also a good way to keep your four-legged companion safe too. 

Breeding season is a really important time for the rare native wildlife whose populations are threatened by historical habitat loss, climate change and many other factors. Native species that make their home here include birds that nest on the ground such as tree pipit and cuckoo, as well as adders, dragonflies and many more.

Keep your dog on a lead in breeding season
Keep your dog on a lead Kinver Edge South Staffordshire
Keep your dog on a lead in breeding season

Longhorn cattle graze the heathland from May to September. They are generally docile animals but please keep dogs under close control if you come across the cows on your walk.

We welcome so many responsible dog owners at Kinver Edge so help us set a good example.

  • Keep your dog on a lead in designated areas (March-July)
  • Clear up after your dog. Bag it and bin it. If there isn’t a dog waste bin nearby, please take it home. 

Rock Houses and garden

Where can my dog go?

Dogs on leads are welcome into the gardens at the Rock Houses. There is plenty of seating outside the tea-room where you can take a break with your dog. 

Where can't my dog go?

Dogs, apart from assistance dogs, are not allowed inside the tea-room or the Rock Houses. There are tie-up points nearby so you can pop inside.

Facilities available for my dog

There are water bowls outside the Rock Houses tea-room and dog poo bins in our countryside car parks.