Visiting Belton with your dog
With acres of gardens and parkland to explore, Belton is a great place for dog walking. Find out all you need to know to make the most of your visit with your four-legged friend.
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.
Belton is a three pawprint rated place.
Three pawprints show 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 at Belton.
Where can my dog go?
Dogs on leads are very welcome at Belton in the gardens, parkland and courtyard areas, including the gift shop, second-hand bookshop and Stables Café. We ask that you keep your dogs on a short lead when visiting Belton.
There are often sheep grazing across the parkland, and the deer never leave, so please always keep your dog on a short lead.
There's over 1,300 acres to explore, with a variety of woodland, hills and streams. Whether you’d like a gentle stroll or a longer, bracing walk, enjoy Belton’s parkland with your dog.
Where can’t my dog go?
Only assistance dogs are allowed in the outdoor adventure playground, mansion, and the indoor adventure play. There is a dog and owner waiting area just over the bridge into the adventure playground.
What facilities are available for my dog?
We've got dedicated dog bins for you to use around the park, and water bowls are available in the stable yard. Doggy ice cream and treats are available from the café as well as the gift shop.
Looking for more space?
Head to the woods behind Bellmount Tower. You can reach the woods from the car park on Five Gates Road, and explore Bellmount and Londonthorpe Woods.
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.
Explore 1,300 acres of parkland at Belton and find out more about the wildlife you may see along the way, including the herd of historic fallow deer.
Explore the gardens at Belton, including the Italian Garden, a Conservatory and a Dutch Garden with formal bedding schemes. Whatever time of year you visit, the shifting seasons provide a great variety of colour and wildlife to see.
Rest and refuel in a historic setting or treat yourself to something special to take home. Find out about our dog-friendly café and other places to eat and shop.