Stourhead dog-walking club

Led by Stourhead volunteers, these walks will run on the third Tuesday of every month. Although Stourhead is famous for its landscape garden, the property also boasts a magnificent 2650 acre estate where walkers can explore ancient woodland, sweeping pastures and some lesser-known eye-catching monuments.

A dog and its owners in front of Stourhead House

If you want to join us for these walks, simply gather with your pet pooch at Visitor Reception at 9.30am. The walk will then set off at a leisurely pace across the estate, taking in some beautiful views before finishing back in the car park. The walk is free to attend we simply ask that you bring a lead, poo bags, and sturdy footwear as the estate can be muddy in places.

Although Stourhead is famous for its Palladian landscape garden, there is also a magnificent 2650 acre estate with ancient woodland, sweeping pastures, and some lesser-known eye-catching monuments to explore.

One of these is St Peter’s Pump. Situated half-way up Six Wells Valley you’ll find St Peter’s Pump. Over 500 years old, it used to help supply water to the city of Bristol, until it was moved to the valley to mark the source of the River Stour. The valley itself offers spectacular views at sunset.

In late Bonham Wood rewards explorers with swathes of bluebells growing in the dappled shade. Bonham Wood is only a short walk from the carpark, and you’ll also get views across the lake from behind the Temple of Apollo.

There are many beautiful walks to enjoy in spring
A corgi in bluebell woods
There are many beautiful walks to enjoy in spring

There’s also Turner’s Paddock to explore. This gorgeous pasture offers a quiet picnic spot with fabulous views back across the garden, so named for the famous landscape artist who captured the scene.

Things dog owners should be aware of

Dogs are welcome in the landscape garden after 2pm between 7 March – 8 November, and all day, every day outside of these dates. Please help us by keeping your dog on a lead and picking up after it when in the landscape garden. 

Much of the estate land is managed by tenant farmers as it has been for hundreds of years and owners should look out for messages about grazing cattle and other livestock, when dogs should be put back on their leads. But otherwise, dogs are free to roam off-lead, so long as they remain in close proximity to their owner and they have been trained to return on command.