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Visiting Lyveden with your dog

Spaniel in muddy field next to owner's feet
Enjoy a winter dog walk at Lyveden | © ©National Trust Images/Annapurna Mellor

Surrounded by picturesque woodland and iconic Northamptonshire countryside, Lyveden is a great place to explore with your canine companion. Well-behaved dogs on leads are welcome throughout the gardens and courtyard areas.

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.

Lyveden is a three pawprint rated place.

The very best places for a day with your dog. You'll be able to take your dog to most areas, including indoors for a cup of tea and a treat. There'll be clearly signed dog zones and dog-friendly experiences.

Where can my dog go?

Dogs on leads are welcome throughout Lyveden; including the ground floor of the Manor, the gardens and courtyard areas, and within the lodge.

Facilities available for your dog

There's a water bowl with fresh water outside the café and toilets in case your dog is thirsty from all the fun at Lyveden.

A couple walking a dog on a path
Dog walking at Lyveden | © National Trust Images

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

Livestock at Lyveden

Livestock frequently graze in and around Lyveden, so we ask you to please be mindful while walking your dog, especially if they are on an extendable lead. 

A view of the Elizabethan lodge at Lyveden with the sun hitting the walls and blue sky above

Discover more at Lyveden

Find out when Lyveden 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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