Visiting Lyme with your dog

A couple with a small white dog on a lead with the lantern folly in the background

Enjoy some fantastic walks with your four-legged friend at Lyme. We've beautiful ancient parkland, moorland and woodland to explore and stretch your legs.

Lyme has always been a place where dogs can enjoy themselves. Dogs lived alongside the Legh family who left Lyme to the National Trust, and we continue the tradition of welcoming responsible dog owners.

Welcoming dogs to Lyme

Lyme is visited by over 450,000 people a year, and many of those come with their dog to enjoy walking in our outdoors spaces. We ask visitors with their dogs to follow our dog policy and the National Trust Canine Code to ensure that everyone who comes to Lyme is able to enjoy their time here. This webpage will give you more information on visiting with your four-legged friend.

Help us to care for the places you and your four-legged friend enjoy by following the 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 and take extra care around livestock and on tricky terrain.
  • Be on the ball: we love dogs at Lyme but not everyone does, so please keep them close by.


What do I need to know when visiting Lyme with my dog?

Dog walking at Lyme is split into two seasons:

Spring/ early Summer (April – July), where we ask visitors to keep to the paths and established walking routes and keep dogs on leads throughout most of the estate to help protect young ground-nesting birds and other vulnerable wildlife such as lambs, deer calves and highland cow calves that can be found in many areas of the estate. 

Late Summer/ Winter (August – March), where we ask that visitors keep to paths and established walking routes as much as possible, helping us prevent erosion and look after this special place and that dogs are kept on leads in particular around Cage Hill, in order to protect the deer herd that have called Lyme home for 600 years as well as around grazing livestock. 

There’s a helpful map for each below.

Lyme Dog Walking Maps

Where can I visit with my four-legged friend?

Assistance dogs are welcome in all areas of Lyme.

Park: Dogs are welcome in all areas of the park. To protect the wildlife that calls Lyme home, we ask that dogs are kept on leads in areas of the park.

We recognise how important it is for dogs to be able to get exercise off the lead, so we offer a secure off-lead dog walking area in Knightslow Wood all year round as well as a route through Pursefield Wood. To find out more, keep an eye out for signs in the park and use the maps below to plan your visit.

Garden: Dogs on leads are welcome in the garden every day.

Eat: Visitors with dogs are welcome to sit in the Muddy Paws Engine House in the Timber Yard, which follows the same opening hours as the Timber Yard Café. Unfortunately, due to the size and layout of the Timber Yard Café, dogs are not permitted inside. If you’re visiting alone please use the doggy doorbell and one of our team members will pop out to take and bring your order to you.

Shop: Pop into our Timber Yard Shop with your four-legged friend to check out our range of dog treats and accessories.

Crow Wood Playscape: Dogs on a short lead are welcome in to the play area. Help us ensure this is a clean, safe space for children to play by being extra vigilant to prevent dog fouling and not taking dogs near the tunnels or onto the play equipment.

What facilities are there for dogs?

Water bowls: Water bowls are located at the House, Car Park and Timber Yard.

Dog waste bins: There are seven dog waste bins located around the site, you can find their locations on the dog walking map of Lyme. Please clear up after your dog and dispose of the waste responsibly. 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

Treats: Treats are available from our shops and café

A meadow of long grasses and wildflowers

Be Tick Aware 

When you're out and about in the UK countryside, please be tick aware. Lyme disease is a bacterial infection spread to humans by infected ticks. Ticks are tiny spider-like creatures found in woodland and heath areas. They feed on the blood of birds and mammals, including humans. Ticks that carry the bacteria are responsible for Lyme disease.


Thank you for your support, we hope that you and your four-legged friend enjoy your adventures at Lyme.