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Visiting Finch Foundry with your dog

Two large dogs on leads held by two people on a path at Lanhydrock, Cornwall, with grass and fallen autumn leaves beyond
Dogs on leads are welcome at Finch Foundry | © National Trust Images/James Dobson

Dogs on leads are welcome everywhere at Finch Foundry. Find out what facilities are available so that you can get the most from your visit. Please be aware that it can get very loud inside the forge when the machinery is working.

Our pawprint rating system

We’ve been working on making it easier for you to find out how dog-friendly your visit will be before you and your four-legged friend arrive. To help with this, we've created a new pawprint rating system and given all the places in our care a rating. You can find this information in the National Trust members’ handbook.

Finch Foundry is a one pawprint rated place.

Dogs are welcome here, but facilities are limited. They’ll be able to stretch their legs in the car park and walk in the nearby open spaces, depending on the season. Read on to discover exactly where you can take your dog.

Where can my dog go?

Dogs on leads are welcome everywhere at Finch Foundry.

Entry to the foundry is only available as part of a guided tour which your pooch is welcome to join.

There is a small garden to explore, and walks along the river can be started from the Finch Foundry car park.

What do I need to be aware of?

It can get very loud inside the forge when the machinery is working. Please speak to the welcome team if you have any concerns.

What facilities are available for dogs?

Water bowls can be found outside visitor welcome.

There is a dog waste bin in the car park, and if you need a waste bag please ask the friendly welcome team.

The Canine Code

We’ve worked with our partner Forthglade to come up with this Canine Code, which helps to make sure everyone can enjoy their day:

  • Keep them close: using a short lead helps to keep your dog from disturbing ground-nesting birds and farm animals. It's essential to use a short lead around sheep. But if cattle approach you, it's best to let your dog off the lead, and call them back when it's safe to do so.
  • Pick up the poo: please always clear up after your dog. If you can't find a bin nearby, take the poo bags home with you.
  • Watch the signs: keep an eye on local signs and notices wherever you're walking. They'll tell you if a beach has a dog ban, for instance, or if a path has been diverted, or if you're in an area where dogs can run off-lead.
  • Stay on the ball: remember that not everyone loves dogs, and some people fear them. So make sure your dog doesn't run up to other people, especially children.

Keeping control of your dog

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 or wildlife, or if you are asked to use one
Visitors on a tour of the forge at Finch Foundry, Devon

Discover more at Finch Foundry

Find out when Finch Foundry is open, how to get here, the things to see and do and more.

Our partners


We've partnered with natural pet food maker Forthglade so that you and your dog can get even more out of the special places we care for.

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