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Visiting Monksthorpe with your dog

Dog with its owner
Explore Monksthorpe with your dog | © National Trust Images/James Dobson

Dogs are welcome in the grounds and graveyard at Monksthorpe Chapel in Lincolnshire. Here is everything else you need to know about bringing your dog.

Where can my dog go?

Dogs are very welcome in the graveyard and grounds at Monksthorpe Chapel, but assistance dogs only can enter the chapel and outbuildings.

Dogs need to be under close control in the graveyard and need to be on a lead in the area reserved for wildlife: number 11 on the grounds plan map.

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
Monksthorpe Chapel, on the Gunby Hall Estate, Lincolnshire

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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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