Bring your dog for a four legged adventure

Two dogs at Lyme, Cheshire

With 1400 acres to explore and special dog weekends in the garden, 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.

Dogs in the Servants' Hall and Gardens - November 2019

We know how much our four-legged friends enjoy a stroll around the gardens at Lyme and we also know that during the cold days of November, it’s nice to enjoy a sit-down and a warming cup after a brisk walk.

So, we are delighted to announce that from Monday 4 November through to Thursday 21 November, dogs and owners alike will be able to head in to the Servants’ Hall Tearoom for a bite to eat. In addition, the gardens will also be open to canine explorers throughout this period, in addition to the usual dog-friendly days on Wednesdays and the second weekend of the month.

We’re hoping to see how this trial month can help us in planning other dog-friendly places at Lyme in the future. We would love to hear your feedback throughout November – we have comment cards available, and you can also email us lyme@nationaltrust.org.uk.

Dog walking guide

We have put together a handy guide for those visiting with dogs, with tips and advice on how to make the most of your visit and where there are bins for dog waste. You can download our dog walking guide and map, or pick one up from the Admissions Hut or Information Centre on your next visit.

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.

All creatures great and small

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.

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. Sheep are currently grazing on Drinkwater Meadow and highland cattle at Paddock Cottage. We ask that you keep your dogs on leads in these areas for the safety of both our livestock and your pets. You can read more about these projects on our Conservation Grazing page .

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

Dogwalking at Lyme

Dog walking volunteers

Lyme has a wonderful group of Dog Walking Volunteer Rangers who are regularly out and about at Lyme. Keep an eye out for them as they are a great source of information, always kept up to date on livestock movement, conservation work and anything visitors may need to be aware of.

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. 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 Guide 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.