Walking your dog at Petworth

Spaniel at Petworth Park

We love dogs here at Petworth, in fact Spaniels were the favourite pet of the 3rd Earl of Egremont. Nowadays, we welcome dogs to stretch their legs in Petworth Park all year around.

Walkies

With over 700 acres of parkland, there are many paths for you to explore and dogs are allowed off the lead.

Where to walk

The Deer Park

In the Deer Park we allow dogs off lead but under close supverision. For easiest access we recommend parking the Deer Park Car Park, further north along the A284 from the main car park for Petworth House. Parking is £4 for non-members and free for NT members. Please make note of the Deer Park closing times to ensure you return to your vehicle before the gates automatically lock.

The Pleasure Ground

From April 23 we are trialling allowing dogs in to the Pleasure Ground until the beginning of November. We ask that all walkers stick to the gravel and hard standings paths and dogs remain on a short lead at all times. We have short leads available at receptions to exchange for any extendable leads. 

Dog waste bins are situated at the main car park and at the far end of the Pleasure Ground, towards Petworth House. We encourage responsible dog ownership and there are spare dog waste bags available at reception points.

Please be aware the Pleasure Ground is not free to enter and if visiting from the Tjou Gate, visitors will be charged the admission price to enter. Entrance is free for National Trust members.

Refreshments

Refreshments are now available to purchase from The Flying Ducks at the Deer Park Car Park.

Please be aware that guide dogs only are allowed in the cafés in the Servants' Quarters. If visiting as a group we recommend that visitors take it in turns to use the facilities and we do sell take-away refreshments from our café.

Visiting Petworth Town

You can visit the Town from the Park. Further west than the Park Gate is a slope through another gate that leads under the Cow Tunnel. Follow this for the pedestrian access to Petworth Town. 

Looking after our Deer

We have a herd of around 700 fallow deer that roam freely within Petworth Park. As these animals are very easily upset if they are too close to dogs, please keep your dogs under close control or on a lead, as every year many deer are unfortunately lost to dog attacks. During the spring and summer, we have many young fawns that are born and their mothers leave them in the long grass so you may not see them so please do be vigilant.

Responsible dog ownership

We do encourage responsible dog ownership at Petworth and there are waste bins situated at entrances to the park.