Visiting Bembridge Windmill with your dog
Dogs are welcome within the grounds of Bembridge Windmill. Please help keep the windmill enjoyable for everyone by keeping your dog on a short lead, 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 members’ handbook.
Bembridge Windmill 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 parking area 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 and what facilities are there?
Dogs on leads are welcome within the grounds of the windmill but only assistance dogs are permitted within the windmill (ground floor only). There are tie points within the grounds, where you can keep your four-legged friend safe while you visit the inside of the mill.
We also have dog water bowls and there is a dog bin, so you can dispose of any waste, in the parking lay-by.
There are plenty of footpaths around the windmill to explore as well, all year round.
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
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An invigorating walk over the downs and RSPB Brading Marshes reserve, with splendid views of the coast and countryside and passing the island's only windmill.
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After a good dog walk in the fresh air, find a place to sit and relax with your dog in a dog-friendly café.
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.