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Visiting Eskdale and Duddon Valley with your dog

A couple with their two dogs taking a rest to look out at the fields and fells from a high point in Eskdale
Taking a well deserved break to look out at the valley in Eskdale | © National Trust Image / Paul Harris

Bring your dog along on an adventure as you come and discover Eskdale and Duddon Valley. From riverside walks to hikes up into the fells, there's 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.

Eskdale and Duddon Valley 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 Eskdale and Duddon Valley

Dogs are welcome throughout Eskdale and Duddon Valley and you will often spot our rangers out with their trusty and well trained four-legged side kicks. If you are lucky, you might see some sheep dogs hard at work in the valleys. There are many places to take your dog for walks throughout Wasdale, including the trail which we have included here.

Since there are often livestock in the fields and on the fells, we ask that you keep your dogs on a short lead to avoid any cases of sheep worrying and to look after 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
The surrounding area of Bird How, nr Gosforth, Eskdale, Holmrook, Lake District, Cumbria

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