Your dog is welcome at Malham Tarn

Visitors walking their dog through the countryside

Whether you are a local walker who visits regularly or a visitor from further afield, make sure you bring your four-legged friend with you. With miles of footpaths to explore, trees and walls to sniff and grass to roll in we think you'll both have a great day.


All of our walks are dog friendly (apart from the boardwalk on the National Nature Reserve), but you are likely to encounter livestock and stiles on many of them. Follow our doggy dos and don’ts below for a safe and fun trip out.

A place to stay

Many of our holiday cottages welcome well-behaved dogs so they can join you on your holiday; The Old Smithy is our cottage in Upper Wharfedale. A cosy hideaway in the village of Buckden it is an ideal base for a couple and their dog to explore the surrounding countryside on foot.

Doggie dos and don’ts

To help us ensure our visitors, dogs, wildlife and local livestock get along, please can you:
• Keep your dog under close control and preferably on a lead
• Don't let your dog chase wildlife or farm animals
• Pick up your dog's mess and take it home with you
• Avoid leaving dogs in cars on hot days
• Watch out for local notices. There may be restrictions in woodland or farmland at sensitive times of year, during the lambing season, or between March and the end of July when ground-nesting birds are on eggs or raising their young
• Cows are naturally curious; if they approach, walk slowly with your dog at heel. If you feel threatened, let go of your dog – it can run faster than cattle and escape. Once you are safe, regain control of your dog. Always walk around cows with calves; they may feel threatened if you walk between them. If you are unsure, try to find an alternative route around the field.
Now you're ready for your 4-legged friend to start their waggy adventure...