Visiting Wembury with your dog
Dogs are welcome on the countryside walks all year round but please be aware that the beach is only dog friendly between 1 October and 30 April. Please help keep Wembury enjoyable for everyone by keeping your dog under close control, cleaning up after them and following the guidance below.
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’s member’s handbook.
Wembury 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 spaces. Read on to discover exactly where you can take your dog.
Where can my dog go at Wembury?
Wembury Beach is dog friendly between 1 October and 30 April and dogs are welcome on the countryside walks in the surrounding area all year round.
What do I need to be aware of?
Wembury and the surrounding countryside is home to lots of wildlife and livestock, so we ask owners to keep their dogs under close control and follow any guidance about putting dogs on leads.
You are also advised not to leave your pet in the car as the car park offers limited shade.
To help keep Wembury beautiful, we ask visitors to bag their dog waste and either bin it or take it home.
- Take the lead: help reduce the chance of your dog disturbing ground nesting birds and livestock by keeping them on a short 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
- Scoop that poop: bag it and take it home with you to keep your favourite places beautiful
- Paws for thought: look out for information signs (and take extra care on cliff paths)
- Are you in the right area? Sometimes we might ask you to walk somewhere else to help us protect you, the places we look after and the wildlife that lives there. Keep an eye out for signs and be extra careful on coastal and clifftop paths.
- Be on the ball: not everyone loves dogs, so keep them close by
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
If you’re bringing your dog to the places we care for, here’s information on the Canine Code and pawprint rating system to plan your visit.
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