Walking your dog on Marsden Moor

A ranger takes a lurcher type dog for a walk on Marsden Moor in front of a blue sky

Walkies with your four legged friend.

Where can I walk my dog on Marsden Moor?

With miles of footpaths to explore, Marsden Moor is a great place for exploring with your dog. We always ask owners to keep dogs under close control, especially during ground nesting bird season and around livestock. 

What do I need to be aware of when walking my dog at Marsden Moor?

To help us ensure our visitors, dogs, wildlife and grazing animals get along, please:

  • Take the lead: Keep your dog under close control, preferably on a lead, at all times. Dogs must be on a short 2m lead during nesting season 1 March - 31 July. Don’t let your dog chase wildlife or grazing animals.
  • Scoop that poop: Bag it and bin it, or take it home with you. Help us keep Marsden Moor beautiful.
  • Be on the ball: Not everyone loves dogs, so keep them close by.
  • Paws for thought: Look out for livestock. Please note that some of our walks have stiles, not gates.
Sheep graze on parts of Marsden Moor
A sheep with horns on the hills above Marsden, covered in snow.
Sheep graze on parts of Marsden Moor

Walking your dog near sheep

Grazing season is from April until October, but be aware that some livestock may be on the moors before or after this time. It's really important to keep your dog under control around livestock, especially sheep during lambing season. Even if sheep aren't injured, it's really important not to scare a pregnant ewe.

Walking your dog near cows

In some parts of the moors, we have cows grazing on our land too. 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're safe, regain control of your dog.

Always walk around cows with calves, they may feel threatened if you walk between them. If you're unsure try to find an alternative route around the animals.

Breeding Birds

Marsden Moor is an important breeding site for ground nesting birds which are vulnerable to curious dogs when they’re sat on eggs and raising chicks. 

Moorland species such as Curlew, Golden Plover and Short-eared Owl use the moors as a safe place to breed and raise their young.
Please stick to footpaths and keep your dog on a lead during nesting season (1 March – 31 July).

Video

Take the Lead at Marsden Moor

Find our more about dog walking on Marsden Moor with ranger Tom and Ruffles the cocker spaniel.

Now your four-legged friends are ready to start their waggy adventure….