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Visiting Ennerdale with your dog

Dog walking in the woods at Quarry Bank
Enjoying a woodland walk in spring | © Annapurna Mellor

Bring your dog along on an adventure as you come and discover Ennerdale. Whether you feel like exploring along the river Liza on a gentle walk or going for a hike up into the fells, there is something for every dog and his people. Help us look after our farmers' livelihood by keeping your dogs on a short lead. Please help keep days out enjoyable for everyone by keeping your dog in 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 members’ handbook.

Ennerdale 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 open spaces, depending on the season. Read on to discover exactly where you can take your dog.

Where can my dog go in Ennerdale

Dogs are welcome throughout Ennerdale and you will often spot our rangers out with their trusty and well trained four-legged side kicks. There are many places to take your dog for walks throughout Ennerdale, you can find information on trails on the Wild Ennerdale website.

Since there are often livestock in the fields and on the fells, including a herd of Galloway cattle, we ask that you keep your dogs on a short lead to help us safeguard our farmers livelihoods. This will also help us protect our wildlife such as ground nesting birds and burrowing animals.

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
Sunlight is casting rays between the trunks of densely planted trees in dark woodland in Ennerdale, Cumbria

Discover more at Ennerdale

Find out how to get to Ennerdale, where to park, the things to see and do and more.

Our partners


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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