Walking your dog at the White Cliffs of Dover

We welcome responsible dog owners at the White Cliffs of Dover. The cliffs make an ideal location to walk with your dog, to make sure that you have a safe and enjoyable visit please follow the information below.

  • Please keep your dog under close control, this means keeping it in sight at all times and knowing that it will return to you immediately when called. We recommend that you use a lead in and around our car parks and near the unfenced sections of the cliff top.
  • If you are walking with your dog between 1 March and 31 July, your dog should be kept on a short lead in all areas to help protect ground nesting birds.
  • We have ponies and cows grazing at several locations on the cliffs. Although the animals are not dangerous to dogs, please make sure that dogs are well supervised when around the ponies. We'll put up signs to let you know where the ponies are and when your dog need to be on a lead.
  • Remember - if you’re approached by cattle, the safest thing to do is let your dog go and call them back when safe to do so.
  • Unfortunately we can’t allow dogs (except assistance dogs) in either the visitor centre or Mrs Knotts tea-room. We do have outside seating and a place to tie your dog to at both locations, as well as bowls of drinking water.
  • Please make sure that you clean up after your dog, as dog waste can be very damaging to both the environment and people’s health. We're happy for you to put your dog waste into any of the bins provided onsite, if you've forgotten your bags, just ask in the visitor centre and we can provide you one for free.
  • Please don’t leave your dog in your car - our car park is in full sun and has no shade; dogs can become ill quickly in a car, even on a cloudy day.

Natural England offer some more advice about bringing your dog into the countryside.

If you need more information about visiting us with your dog, please contact us for more information.