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Best walks with dog-friendly cafés

A man sitting at a cafe table with two large dogs
The courtyard outside The Stables Cafe, Knightshayes in Devon welcomes dogs | © National Trust Images/Tony Cobley

Find a place to sit and relax with your dog after a good walk. Here's a selection of great walks with dog-friendly cafés at the end to round off the day with a warming drink and a delicious treat.

Arlington Court, Devon
The Chichesters, who owned Arlington Court for 11 generations, were a family of dog lovers. Today dogs on leads are still welcome in the carriage museum and gardens, and can also explore off-lead on the wider estate outside of lambing season. There are plenty of picnic benches in the tea garden where you can lunch together, and the tea-room sometimes offers homemade dog treats for sale.Explore Arlington with your furry friend
Birling Gap, East Sussex
Enjoy a bracing walk on the shore or along the cliffs at Belle Tout to Lookout Hill, where customs officers used to keep an eye out for smugglers on the beaches below. Bring your canine companion for a coastal wander and a fossil hunt, then stop off in the café for a warming cup of tea and slice of cake. Dogs on leads are welcome throughout the visitor centre, shop and marked areas of the café, and there’s also outside seating for busy days when the café is full.Wander the coast with your dog
Dog with Forthglade treats
We've partnered with natural pet food maker Forthglade so that you and your dog can get even more out of the places in our care. | © National Trust Images/Paul Harris
Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire
Exploring the 3,800 acres of natural woodland with your pooch is a great way to experience Clumber Park. Amble through fields and woods in some of the quieter corners of the estate, then take in views over the lake before heading to the dog-friendly café, Central Bark. There are water bowls and dog toys to play with inside, or just sit back in the coffee garden for a perfect pit-stop.Stretch your legs at Clumber Park
Stackpole, Pembrokeshire
A six-mile walking route here takes in some of the most beautiful coastline in Pembrokeshire. As most of the coast path is also farmland we do ask that you keep your dog on a lead around livestock and wildlife. They can have a good run and explore off-lead on the beaches. Finish your walk at the Boathouse tea-room, open every day from Easter until October and at weekends out of season. There’s plenty of outside seating where you can relax together.Stroll by the sea at Stackpole
Visitors relaxing with their dogs in the Central Bark dog cafe at Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire
Visitors relaxing with their dogs in the Central Bark dog cafe at Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire | © National Trust Images/Annapurna Mellor
Stourhead, Wiltshire
Dogs are welcome across Stourhead’s countryside areas all year round. They can also come for walks in the landscape gardens at certain times. Try the five-mile walk that takes you up through woodlands to King Alfred’s Tower, believed to mark the site where Alfred the Great rallied his troops in 878. Then relax afterwards in the visitor reception café's outdoor area, or in the Spread Eagle Inn courtyard. Water bowls are on hand for thirsty dogs – just let one of the team members know if any need topping up.Explore Stourhead on four paws
Trelissick, Cornwall
The Trelissick estate has miles of woodland and open parkland walks for dogs and their owners to explore. A four-mile route follows the River Fal for part of its length, offering scenic views over the estuary. Head to the café afterwards for a cuppa and slice of homemade cake, and some homemade dog biscuits. The outside courtyard area is dog-friendly, with water bowls and sheltered seating.Discover Trelissick with your trusty companion
Wallington, Northumberland
Dogs are big fans of visiting the Wallington estate, and can explore anywhere outside on a lead. Take a tranquil walk along the banks of the River Wansbeck, crossing over bridges and stepping stones. When it’s time to sit back and unwind, the Clocktower Café has plenty of outdoor seating and water bowls, as well as homemade dog treats for hungry hounds.Take a riverside wander at Wallington
Two walkers with dogs on a grassy area next to a stone bridge, crossing a broad, shallow river

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