Dog walking at Sheffield Park and Garden

Dog peering through bridge at Sheffield Park East Sussex

Whilst we are operating the pre-booking system, dogs are welcome in the garden at any time. We kindly ask that you keep your dog on a, short lead. Dogs are also welcome on the parkland - but please do keep them on a lead as we have livestock grazing all year-round. East Park is the place for a run-around off the lead.

Around the garden
Relaxing with the dogs by the lake at Sheffield Park

Dogs are welcome in the garden after 1.30pm. We ask that dogs are kept on short leads in the garden, and if you have an extending lead please swap this for a short lead at reception - we have plenty of spares. Dog waste bins are located by the Shant and near the toilets. Please do help us keep the gardens beautiful for all visitors by picking up after your dog.

Walking dogs in Walk Wood at Sheffield Park

A stroll in the woods

A quietly tucked away corner of the estate, Walk Wood is the ideal place to take the dogs for a stroll while getting away from it all. Keep an eye out for sculptures created by local Sussex artist Keith Pettit to celebrate the opening of Walk Wood after a fifteen year restoration plan. Please do keep your dog on a lead around the woods.

A wander on the parkland


Early morning light on Pillbox Pond at Sheffield Park

For a real stretch of the legs then head out for a walk on our parkland. Choose to range free or follow the route below. The parkland is open from dawn until dusk and there is free entry for both National Trust members and non-members. Car parking is also free. We kindly ask that you keep dogs on leads everywhere except for East Park due to grazing livestock.

Pedestrian bridge over the River Ouse at Sheffield Park, East Sussex

Parkland walking trail

Try this route around the parkland with your dog to take in some of the landmarks and best views of the estate

Cow on the parkland at Sheffield Park

Please keep your dog on a lead...

Cows and sheep roam the parkland to help us manage the grassland. To keep our livestock and other visitors happy please do keep your dog on a lead. There are three dog waste bins along the Estate Road that runs between the parkland and formal gardens.

East Park at Sheffield Park

...or head to East Park for off-lead walkies

For the more energetic doggie then East Park is the place for a walk off the lead. To reach it, turn left out of the carpark and head down the Estate Road with the parkland on your right. Once you are through the large gates by the weir feel free to let your dog off the lead. Maps are also available from reception.

Please clear up after your dog in the garden, parkland and East Park.  There are dog waste bins and bags available on the gates to the parkland and on the side of the reception building near the toilets.

When you need refreshments
Food & Beverage staff serving food in the Coach House garden

When the time comes for lunch, then come on in! You are welcome to bring your dog into the Garden Room in the Coach House tea-room at all times. Please walk around the left hand side of the building and follow the path through the arch into the garden at the back. We also have plenty of outdoor seating. If you need to pop-in to grab a takeaway then we have tie-up points by all doors. Dogs are also well provided for with water bowls by reception and the Coach House. Or why not treat them to a tub of doggie ice cream.


...or when your dog needs some refreshments


A water bowl is situated outside the reception building and in the tearoom garden.

The Canine Code
Dogs being walked on a lead in Sheffield Park

Take the lead

We kindly ask that you keep your dog on a lead everywhere in the estate except for East Park. Please use a short, fixed lead within the gardens and Walk Wood. We have spares at reception you can borrow.