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Visiting West Wycombe Park, Village and Hill with your dog

Dog on a lead at Nostell Priory in West Yorkshire
Your dog will enjoy the open spaces here | © National Trust Images/John Miller

There are 55 acres of grassland, scrub and woodland to explore here. Only assistance dogs are welcome in the grounds of West Wycombe Park, however you’re welcome to walk other dogs in the nearby open spaces of West Wycombe Village and the Hill. Read on to discover exactly where you can take your dog.

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.

West Wycombe Park, Village and Hill is a two pawprint rated place.

These places have water bowls, dog bins and dog-friendly walks. You’ll be able to take your dog into some areas, but not everywhere. If there’s a food and beverage outlet, you can have a cup of tea with them, probably outside. Read on to discover exactly where you can take your dog.

Where can my dog go?

Your dog can join you for a walk in West Wycombe Village and on West Wycombe Hill. However, only assistance dogs are allowed in the grounds and house of West Wycombe Park.

West Wycombe Hill offers commanding views over the surrounding countryside, a great place to walk your dog. There are 55 acres of grassland, scrub and woodland to explore in and around the hill.

To ensure everyone can enjoy the countryside, we ask that you follow these guidelines:

  • Please keep dogs on a short lead at all times
  • Please do not leave your dog unattended at any time during your visit
  • We do not have the resources to dispose of dog waste so please pick up after your dog and take your waste away with you
  • Not everyone is comfortable with dogs so please keep them under control, particularly where small children are playing
  • Please do not allow your dog to chase wildlife, and pay particular attention when your dog is on an extendable lead
  • There is no shade or cover in the car park, so please do not leave your dog in the car, even with a window down.

Where can't my dog go?

Assistance dogs only are welcome in the grounds of West Wycombe Park. Other dogs are welcome on West Wycombe Hill and the surrounding area.

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.
A distant view of West Wycombe Park taken from a nearby hill, Buckinghamshire

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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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