Dog friendly walks in the South East

It’s always wonderful to share a walk and few companions are as grateful for a wander in the great outdoors as our four-legged friends. Encounter wagging tails on woodland trails at Ashridge Estate or Devil’s Dyke and padding paws in the wide open parkland of Hatchlands Park this winter. Keep that essential everyday exercise fresh with a wide variety of walks, all ready to welcome you and your happy hound.

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Bringing your dog

This article was created before the coronavirus crisis, and may not reflect the current situation. Some places may temporarily have different restrictions for dogs in place to maintain social distancing. Please make sure you check web pages for individual places before you travel for booking details and the most up to date information about visiting

Sunrise near Ditchling Beacon in Sussex
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Devil's Dyke 

This route will take you through some of the most stunning parts of the South Downs Way, where you will find wildlife aplenty and see extensive views from the Ditchling Beacon.

Dog walking on a lead
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Devil's Dyke 

It’s always best to have company when discovering where the Devil and his wife are said to be buried. What better company than man’s best friend. Explore ancient chalk downland, the deepest dry valley in the country and beyond to Saddlescombe Farm and the Donkey Wheel.

Incombe Hole on the Ashridge Estate Herts
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Ashridge Estate 

Humans and hounds alike will love to discover the outstanding features of Ashridge Estate, including Ivinghoe Beacon, ancient woodlands and dramatic scenery. You may see wild fallow and muntjac deer, so please keep dogs under control.

Family walking their dog in woodland
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Ashridge Estate 

Perfect for a quick blast of doggy exercise, this is a gentle circular walk that takes you through areas of wildlife-rich woodlands and across our commons. With footpaths and bridleways providing views of Aldbury and Ashridge House there’s interest for humans as well.

Dog walking at Hatchlands Park, Surrey
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Hatchlands Park 

See the whole of Hatchlands in one walk. This circular route follows the edge of our park through woodland and open parkland with distant views of our house and the wider Surrey countryside. Great for walking your dog all year round, please keep your four-legged friends under close control around cattle.

Two dogs and their owner enjoying a sunny day by the waterside at St Helens Duver
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St Helens Duver 

Enjoy a short but varied coastal walk exploring St Helens Duver, a sandy spit of land on the eastern tip of the Island, rich in wildlife and history. You might even find the ideal opportunity for a spot of doggy-paddle.

Walking the dog at Stowe Landscape Gardens in Buckinghamshire
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Enjoy a peaceful walk around the lakes at Stowe. Suitable for the whole family, including the four-legged members. Find beautiful temples, a wealth of wildlife and classic views as you wander.

A view of the White Cliffs of Dover

The White Cliffs 

The White Cliffs of Dover are perhaps most famous as an iconic landmark, but they have so much more to offer; stunning views, a serene walk and a wealth of wildlife. The cliffs make an ideal location to walk with your dog. We recommend that you use a lead in and around our car parks and near the unfenced sections of the cliff top.

Pitstone Windmill Ashridge Estate Herts
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Pitstone Windmill 

A great circular walk passing the Bridgewater Monument and Pitstone windmill with views across the Chilterns and the Vale of Aylesbury. In summer you may be able to climb the monument for more spectacular views.

Walk your dogs in the woods at Standen
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Explore historic woodland, flower meadows and ancient sandstone rock outcrops on this circular Sussex walk. Perfect for dog walkers, this 1 hour walk takes in Weir Wood Reservoir.

Dog walking at Toys Hill
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Toys Hill 

Emmetts Garden and Chartwell are currently open but on a prebooked ticket only. You will be required to book a ticket to Chartwell and Emmetts Garden in order to visit both sites and walk between the two. The Café and toilets at Chartwell are open on a one-way route but only the toilets are open at Emmetts Garden.

Winter sun shines through the trees at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent
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We welcome dogs on short leads into the woods, wider estate and the gardens here at Chartwell. This beautiful circular walk links Chartwell and Emmetts Garden; passing through the woodland areas of Toys Hill and Hosey Common, as well as the pretty hamlet of French Street.

Winter walks at Ashridge Herts
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Ashridge Estate 

Experience these well-trodden areas of the estate in a new way. Discover the ancient trees of Ashridge and find out more about the original park planting on this woodland walk that’s also suitable for your four-legged friend.

Winkworth Arboretum, Surrey
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Winkworth Arboretum 

Your four-legged friend is welcome to explore Winkworth Arboretum all year round. Try this peaceful and gentle wooded walk connecting three very special and unique National Trust properties hidden away in the sunny West Weald. Please keep your dog on a lead at all times.

Visitors walking in Morden Hall Park, London, in the winter. Morden Hall Park is a serene oasis in the heart of suburban London.
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Morden Hall Park 

Take an easy stroll through this historic parkland, created by the Hatfeild family in the 19th century, and experience inspiring surroundings. Great for all the family and pushchair friendly too.