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Visiting Chastleton with your dog

Dogs in the gardens at Cliveden, Buckinghamshire
Dog visiting our sites | © National Trust Images/Chris Lacey

We want to ensure your four-legged friends can be part of your day out. Dogs are welcome in certain areas across the property for a stretch of the legs, but please be aware of our 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.

Chastleotn is a one pawprint rated place.

Dogs are welcome in certain areas here, but facilities are limited. They’ll be able to stretch their legs in the car park and walk in the parkland, depending on the season. Read on to discover exactly where you can take your dog.

Where can my dog go at Chastleton?

Dogs are welcome on leads in the car park, parkland, forecourt and stableyard (assistance dogs only in the house and garden).

There may be restrictions in place on farmland or in woodland at certain times of the year, such as during lambing season. Please look out for any local notices advising of these restrictions while you're visiting with your dog.

What do I need to be aware of at Chastleton?

Look out for livestock

The property is home to lots of animals, including grazing sheep, so please keep your dog on a lead at all times.

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
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Discover more at Chastleton

Find out when Chastleton is open, how to get here, the things to see and do and more.

Our partners


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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