Visiting Uppark with your dog

Two women walking a dog in the woods

Uppark House and Garden is set atop of the South Downs ridge with woodland and meadows to explore as well as nearby Harting Down. Dogs are very welcome at Uppark, however we would encourage you to read this article before your visit to ensure everyone enjoys their time with us.

With meadow and woodland to explore, and nearby walking routes at Harting Down, Uppark is the perfect place to bring your dog during any season, the perfect place to relax, have a snack and enjoy the view.

Want to stretch your legs?

We have a woodland area near the car park for you to explore. We would ask that you still keep your dog on a lead here as the pathways intersect with our two main driveways and pheasants roam freely.

Enjoy a short stroll in our woodland
Two women walking a dog in the woods
Enjoy a short stroll in our woodland

The south meadow is a great place to stretch yours and your dog's legs. With mown pathways through the meadow, you can wander right into its centre and take in views to the Isle of Wight and Portsmouth. You'll also discover a terrific view of the house, perfectly situated on top of the hill.

There's plenty of space to roam in the meadow
Dog sitting by owner in meadow
There's plenty of space to roam in the meadow

As Uppark is enjoyed by many and we work closely with farmers to graze livestock on the land, we ask that you abide by the following rules to ensure the safety of you and your dog, other visitors to Uppark.

  • Keep your dog on a lead at all times around the gardens, meadow and around livestock. We recommend keeping your dogs on a lead around the woodland walk too due to close proximity to the road. 
  • Pick up your dog's mess and place it in the bins provided
  • Respect the fact that not everyone loves dogs. Please only allow them to approach other visitors and dogs with their consent
  • Be mindful of the countryside code and keep an eye out for warning and information signs around Uppark during your walk

What do we mean by close control?

Our definition of close or effective control is:

  • Being able to recall your dogs in any situation at the first call.
  • Being able to clearly see your dog at all times (not just knowing they have gone into the undergrowth or over the crest of the hill). In practice this means keeping them on a footpath if the surrounding vegetation is too dense for your dog to be visible.
  • Not allowing them to approach other visitors without their consent.
  • Having a lead with you to use if you encounter livestock, wildlife or other dogs

Where can my dog go?

We welcome dogs in all outside areas at Uppark,  however dogs are not allowed in the house, café or second hand book shop, unless they are assistant dogs.

Dogs are allowed on all of our walks.

Water bowls are provided outside the café

There are plenty of tables and chairs on the lawn outside the café which is perfect for you and your pooch to relax and drink in the views across the South Downs.