Visiting the Buscot and Coleshill Estates with your dog
Dogs are welcome all year round in most areas across the Buscot and Coleshill Estates. With miles of footpaths, fields and woodland, there's plenty for them to explore, but please be aware of these guidelines for a safe walk.
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.
Buscot and Coleshill Estates 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 on the Buscot and Coleshill Estates?
Dogs are welcome in most areas of the estates, but please look out for local notices which will let you know about any restrictions.
Dogs are not allowed in the main grounds at Buscot Park manor house but you’re welcome to exercise them in the nearby paddock field used for overflow car parking.
Look out for local notices
There may be restrictions in place on farmland or in woodland at certain times of the year, such as during lambing season or between March and July when ground-nesting birds are raising their young.
What do I need to be aware of on the Buscot and Coleshill Estates?
Look out for livestock
The estates are home to lots of animals, so please put your dog on a lead when you're close to them.
Cows are naturally curious; if they approach, walk slowly with your dog at heel. If you feel threatened, let your dog go – it can run faster than the cattle and escape. Once you’re safe, regain control of your dog.
What to do when you see calves
Always walk around cows with calves. They may feel threatened if you walk between them. If you’re unsure, try to find an alternative route around the field.
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 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.
Dog-friendly cafes and pubs
If you’re stopping for lunch or refreshments, the canteen at the Old Carpenters Yard, the Radnor Arms pub in Coleshill and the Buscot tea-room all have outside seating and water bowls for dogs.
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.
The two estates and their villages offer convenient spots for refreshments, lunch or cream teas, a cosy country pub and a smattering of local shops.
Walk farm tracks and landscaped parkland, picnic by tranquil sections of the Thames, admire historic house Buscot Park and discover a watermill and wartime secrets in Coleshill.
During the Second World War, Coleshill was the HQ for a secret band of saboteurs known as the Auxiliers, trained to fight back ruthlessly if the Germans invaded.