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Visiting Acorn Bank with your dog

Dog on a lead at Nostell Priory in West Yorkshire
Dogs are welcome in Acorn Bank's woodland and wider estate | © National Trust Images/John Miller

Stretch your legs with your four-legged friend at Acorn Bank, and explore the historic woodland. Find out where you can and can't take your dog, and discover a recommended walking route.

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.

Acorn Bank 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 across the countryside estate and within the woodlands. Read on to discover exactly where you can take your dog.

Where can my dog go?

Dogs are very welcome on leads in the woodland and on the wider estate. We ask that you keep your dog on a lead as Acorn Bank is home to rare wildlife such as red squirrels, otters and ground-nesting birds. This is also important when walking on footpaths around the estate, as livestock graze the parkland all year round.

Where can't my dog go?

Only assistance dogs are allowed in the garden and watermill.

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

Acorn Bank to Temple Sowerby walk

This 3km walk is the team’s favourite. It'll take you through the woodland, along the riverbank and into Temple Sowerby, passing historical landmarks along the way.

Children playing at Acorn Bank, Cumbria

Discover more at Acorn Bank

Find out when Acorn Bank is open, how to get here, the things to see and do and more.

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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