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Visiting Saltram with your dog

Dog looking at camera
Dogs are welcome to join you on this walk | © National Trust

With miles of paths around Saltram estate and unique views into the city, there's plenty for your four-legged friends to enjoy. Discover the best dog-friendly walking routes and areas they can enjoy off the lead.

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.

Saltram is a two pawprint rated place.

These places have water bowls, dog bins and dog-friendly walks. You’ll be able to take your dog into some areas, but not everywhere. If there’s a food and beverage outlet, you can have a cup of tea with them, probably outside. Read on to discover exactly where you can take your dog at Saltram.

Where can I take my dog at Saltram?

There are acres of parkland and woods where they can exercise off the lead whilst under close control, and some lead only spaces where dogs can enjoy all the smells, sights and sounds of the countryside just outside the city. Dogs in doggy strollers and backpacks are permitted only in the dog walking areas. Dogs are very welcome to join you in the café while you order your food and drink, but do need to go back outside with you to sit and enjoy them. You can even pick up a doggy ice cream for them to tuck into whilst you're there.

Saltram's Dog Passport

At Saltram we have a loyalty scheme for walking your pooch. Head to the welcome centre and our team will be able to give you a 'Saltram Dog Passport' where you can collect stamps and rewards for your four-legged friend each time you walk around the parkland. It's a free booklet, if you have a membership card with you, you can bring it along to get scanned as each scan contributes to help look after Saltram forever, for everyone.

When should I use a lead?

Dogs must be kept on a lead in the stables area, which comprises the café, welcome centre and around the duck pond and play park.

Please also keep dogs on a leads in the car park, as it can be a very busy area. Once you are in the park they can be off the lead, but please ensure your dog is under close control at all times and look out for seasonal signs advising you where livestock is present.

We also ask that you are always respectful of other dog walkers, pedestrains and cyclists. Much of Saltram's paths are shared use and are there for everyone to enjoy.

Where can't my dog go?

Dogs are not allowed in the house or garden. Registered assistance dogs are permitted in these areas.

Dog waste bins

There are lots of dog waste bins around Saltram estate. Please clear up after your pet and use the bins provided. If you can't find a bin, please take your waste home. Leaving bagged waste in the countryside is a hazard to wildlife and livestock.

These rules are in place to make sure everyone can enjoy their visit to Saltram, to help look after the historic garden and house, and to ensure the wellbeing of livestock and wildlife.

Visitors walk along a path through the woods and beside a river at Saltram, Devon
Walking through the woods at Saltram | © National Trust Images / John Millar

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

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.
The white exterior of the house at Saltram with lawn in front of it

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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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