Visiting Nymans with your dog
Whatever the weather you can enjoy winding paths and wide avenues with colourful views across the woodland or towards the South Downs. Throughout summer we ask you not to bring your dog into the garden. We welcome them back again from Monday 30 October 2023 until 11 February 2024. Hours to visit with your dog are between 1.30pm and 4pm. We ask that dogs are kept on leads and stick to the main paths in the woods during bird nesting season: 1st March – 31st Aug. Nymans is a one pawprint rated place.
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.
Nymans 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.
Up to two dogs per adult are welcome at Nymans in the woodland, outdoor seating area of the café, shop and plant centre, as well as the garden at specific times. Assistance dogs are welcome during opening hours throughout the year in the garden, house, tea garden and shop, and in the woods at any time.
When can I visit the garden?
Dogs are welcome in the garden on short leads during winter opening. In 2023 this will begin on 30 October, and is between 1.30pm and 4pm. Dogs are not permitted in the garden at other times.
There's no access into the wall garden for dogs as some of the paths may be roped off during winter and space can become limited.
When can I visit the woodland nature reserve?
Dogs are welcome under close control in the woodland nature reserve all year round. During bird nesting season, from 1 March until 31 August, please keep dogs on leads to protect ground-nesting species of birds.
The woods are a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) partly for their breeding birds. Many birds nest in the shrub and bramble layer and are easily disturbed unintentionally by dogs running through. We ask for everyone’s help to allow birds to nest and rear their young.
We recommend you’re dressed for the weather as some paths are steep and can get very muddy.
Facilities for your dog
- Water bowls for your dog can be found by the outdoor seating for the Welcome Café
- Dog products, including poo bags, are available to buy in the shop
- Dog poo bins can be found in the main car park and at the entrance to the woodland
Enjoy your time with us and please support us by having a cup of tea or visiting the shop. This will help us look after Nymans today and for future generations.
During bird nesting season, from 1 March until 31 August, please keep dogs under close control to protect ground-nesting species of birds.
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
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.
Nymans’ ancient woodland is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), nature reserve and home to a variety of plants and wildlife. Here’s what to look out for.
Romantic ruins, intimate gardens and internationally recognised plant collections all set against a backdrop of woodland and far-reaching views.
If you're after a meal or just a quick pit-stop, try our winter menu with freshly prepared food inspired by the season. Quick snacks and delicious cakes prepared by our chefs are always popular too, especially after a walk in the woodland or garden.