Visiting Morden Hall Park with your dog
Looking for a friendly place to take your dog for a walk? Head over to Morden Hall Park where there are 125 acres of beautiful parkland for you and your dog to explore.
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.
Morden Hall Park is a three pawprint rated place.
Three pawprints shows the very best places you can visit 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. Read on to discover exactly where you can take your dog.
Where can my dog go at Morden Hall Park?
Dogs are welcome in all parts of the grounds of Morden Hall Park. However, we do ask that you keep your dog on a lead in certain areas of the park to protect ground-nesting birds and wildlife in and around the river.
Please keep your dog on a lead in these areas:
- The Rose Garden
- Around buildings, including the Stableyard, Snuff Mill, cafés and Garden Centre
- The Adventure Play Area
- On the Wetland Boardwalk
- The Garden Centre.
Please 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, as you may be asked to put your dog on a lead by staff members.
Clearing up after your dog
Please help to look after the park by picking up after your dog and disposing of dog waste responsibly by either putting it in one of the bins provided or taking it home. There are six dog waste bins around the park; please do use them. Dog waste can be very damaging to both the environment and people’s health.
Please do not hang dog waste bags in the trees.
The Morden Hall Park map shows where the dog bins are on site.
Facilities for your dog
There are water bowls outside the Potting Shed Café, Stableyard Café and in the plant area of the Garden Centre.
Shopping for your dog
If you’re looking to pamper your dogs, you can bring them into the Garden Centre and look around the fab selection of dog food, treats and toys.
There is very little shade in the car park, so please don’t leave your dog in the car on a hot day. Don’t forget – you can take your dog into most of the grounds and across the estate, so there’s no need for them to miss out.
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
Discover the best places for a dog walk, from coastal adventures and dramatic mountains to more leisurely walks near you. Plus find information on dog-friendly cafés and read our Canine Code.
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.
After a good dog walk in the fresh air, find a place to sit and relax with your dog in a dog-friendly café.
We've partnered with natural pet food maker Forthglade to create the Dogs Welcome project, helping you and your dog to get the most out of the places in our care.
Enjoy freshly prepared tasty snacks and cakes at a choice of two cafés and pick up the perfect read at the second-hand bookshop, all supporting the National Trust’s work.
Discover the network of footpaths and cycling trails – with routes suitable for pushchairs, dogs and wheelchairs, everyone can explore this place.
From river and wetland walks, to remnants of the park's history and an adventure playground for the little ones, see how the park changes along with the seasons.
Thinking about volunteering at this special place? Here’s what you need to know.