Visiting the Wey Navigations with your dog
With 20 miles of towpath along the Wey Navigations, you have plenty of choice for a dog walk and with plenty of paths leading off the towpath you can choose an out and back or a circular 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.
Wey Navigations 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?
You can walk with your dog under control along the towpath, but please put a lead on in lock areas. At Dapdune Wharf well-behaved dogs on leads are welcome in the outdoors and in all buildings, including the tea room. You'll find a dog bowl by the ticket hut and at the side of the tearoom. Please pick up after your dog in all areas at the Wharf. We don't have a specific bin, but you can use the large bins at the side of the office.
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
To make sure that everyone has an enjoyable day, please follow our Canine Code:
- Take the lead: help reduce the chance of your pup disturbing wildlife by keeping them on a lead
- Scoop that poop: bag it and bin it to keep your favourite places beautiful
- Paws for thought: look out for information signs (and take extra care on cliff paths)
- Be on the ball: not everyone loves dogs, so keep them close by
Enjoy a range of refreshments at the tea-room or browse the second-hand bookshop at Dapdune to discover your next favourite read.
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.
Follow the route of the last commercial barges on the Wey Navigations on this walk on the River Wey.
Easy flat walk along the towpath and footpaths, this walk covers part of the Wey Navigation and the Basingstoke Canal.
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.
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.