Waggy tails welcome

Dog on a walk

If you've got a soft spot for friends of the four-legged kind, you're not alone. A quick browse through the Victorian family's albums reveals as many images of pets as of people.

Get the most out of dog walking 

We want to make sure you and your dog get the most out of the woodlands, fields and parkland we look after. From improving dog-friendly trails to providing more waste bins and water bowls, we're taking steps to make sure you and your pup feel welcome.

In return, we ask you to keep the countryside a safe, healthy and enjoyable place for everyone. 

The National Trust have teamed up with Forthglade to create the canine code, so you and your four-legged friend can help care for the places you love. 

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 and take extra care on cliff paths.

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

To help you help us keep Lanhydrock looking lovely we've got bins for dog waste in various places popular with dog walkers around the estate, including near reception, the car park and near the entrance to the house courtyard. You can download a map of these bins here:
Lanhydrock dog bins map 2021 (PDF / 0.5625MB) download
Dogs are welcome in the Stables courtyard area, but unfortunately only guide dogs are permitted in the house and garden. 

Eating and Shopping

Well-behaved dogs are permitted inside the Stables tea-room and Park Cafe under normal circumstances. Please check the current opening arrangements for both locations under local government re-opening guidance. Dog water bowls are located outside the Park Cafe, the reception building and in the Stables courtyard. There is a doggie tie-up area in the Stables courtyard if you wish to use it. Dogs are welcome in the outdoor shopping area of the plant centre.


Cycle trails

We ask that dog owners do not walk or ride with their dogs on the designated cycle trails. Since the trails are designed for riding at speed, there is a risk of injury to dogs, walkers and other cyclists. All of the Lanhydrock walking trail maps are dog-friendly and can be viewed here.


Livestock in the parkland

Cattle and sheep are regularly in the Lanhydrock parkland at different times throughout the year. Temporary electric fences will be in place when the cattle are present, to offer visitors a cattle-free path down towards the house and gardens. The countryside is still accessible through the designated entrance ways; all fences will be signed, we ask that all dogs remain on leads when close to the fences and cattle.
The Victorian children loved dogs too!
The Victorian children with their nanny and a terrier
The Victorian children loved dogs too!