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Visiting Hardy Monument with your dog

Close-up view of a brown and white dog, held on a lead, with fallen leaves on the ground, at Clent Hills, Worcestershire
Dog walks in the countryside | © National Trust Images/James Dobson

The countryside around Hardy Monument is a working landscape criss-crossed by footpaths, perfect for walking and quiet enjoyment. Dogs are welcome, but please take a look at these top tips before you visit to help look after this special place.

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.

Hardy Monument is a one pawprint rated place, dogs are welcome in and around the carpark but are not permitted inside the Hardy Monument due to limited space.

Please keep them on leads for their own safety and the safety of the wildlife. They’ll be able to stretch their legs in the car park and walk in the nearby open spaces, depending on the season.

Where can my dog go?

Dog walkers are welcome across the countryside but please keep an eye out for signs throughout your visit which will inform you of local restrictions regarding livestock and wildlife.

Dogs should be kept on a short lead of no more than two metres long, particularly when near sheep, cattle and during ground nesting bird season (key dates for this are between 1 March and 31 July when ground-nesting birds are trying to rear their young).

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

Due to the busy road and car park it is recommended you keep dogs on a lead. There are also regular sightings of adders so your dog will be safer if it keeps to the paths. If your dog is bitten, visit the vet immediately. Dogs are not permitted up the staircase in the monument.

Our partners

Forthglade

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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