Bring your dog for a four legged adventure

A small fluffy dog exploring a frosty landscape

With 1400 acres of rugged moorland, ancient woodlands and formal gardens, where better to come for a day out with your pooch than Lyme.

Some of Lyme's most loyal visitors are four legged. Whether they like to head up to the Cage or take a gentle stroll around the garden, dogs have a marvellous time at Lyme - and so do their owners.


All creatures great and small

Livestock grazing plays an important part in our conservation work as their eating helps native wildflowers to flourish and sustain habitats for a variety of wildlife. There are deer, Highland cattle and sheep currently grazing at Lyme. In areas with livestock we ask that you keep your dogs on a short lead for the safety of both our livestock and your pets. You can find our more about these projects on our Conservation Grazing page.

Lyme is home to a herd of red deer and so we ask dog walkers to be vigilant when dogs are off lead, as the deer can be anywhere on the estate.

In other areas your dog is permitted to be under close control, if you are not certain that you can recall your dog quickly, please do keep them on a lead. Find out the different areas by viewing our dog walking map.

Please Note: Access to Drinkwater Meadow is limited to the entrance points near the car park and from Knightslow Wood (following the Gritstone Trail).

Where can your dog go off lead?

Follow the link below to see where your dog can be off lead at Lyme.

Dogs in the Garden

Dogs are welcome to take a stroll around the Gardens at Lyme every day, whilst on a short lead. Please keep to the paths and clear up after them.


Warm Weather

We'd like to remind visitors not to leave dogs alone in cars, especially on warm and sunny days. Water bowls are provided for dogs at the house and the Timber Yard (these are noted on the dog walking guide), and frozen yoghurt dog treats are available to purchase at the Timber Yard Cafe.


Where can you dispose of dog poop?

Dog waste left on the ground, even in poop bags, is not only unpleasant but also dangerous to wildlife. Please support us by taking your dog waste home if you can – this protects our charitable funds which in turn helps us to look after Lyme. 

If you can't take your dog waste home with you there are many locations where you can dispose of dog waste whilst out and about at Lyme, which are listed below or can be found in the Dog Walking Map above.

Dog Waste bins can be found:

  • Red Lane entrance
  • By the Nursery Plot on East Drive
  • The gate from the car park to Drinkwater
  • Knott car park
  • ½ way down West Park on the turning to Paddock
  • End of Deer Clough down West Park
  • Calves Croft (when open)

Dog waste can also be put in these general waste bins but it should not be placed in the recycling section:

  • Bins by the Information Centre
  • Bins in the Timber Yard
  • Bins in Crow Wood playscape
  • Bins in the Knott car park


Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) - dog fouling and anti-social owners

It is really important that all our dog walkers are aware of the ‘Public Space Protection Order’ that has been launched by Cheshire East Council.

This covers the whole of the Cheshire East Borough and covers all public spaces including land that is managed by Cheshire East Council, Forestry Commission, National Trust and farmland.

This order seeks to prevent or reduce the detrimental effects of dog waste, by imposing reasonable restrictions and requirements on people whilst in charge of dogs on public land. It seeks to facilitate the safe sharing of our public spaces, whilst recognising that people should be able to exercise their dogs off lead, provided that their dogs are under control and behaving appropriately.

Please take the time to follow this link to the Cheshire East website and read this document to make sure you are up to speed with the new legislation that has been put in place and how the council could enforce it at Lyme.