Visiting Llanerchaeron with your dog
Enjoy a day out in nature with your dog at Llanercheron. Dogs are welcome in the gardens, pleasure grounds and woodland walks. Please help keep Llanerchaeron enjoyable for everyone by keeping your dog on a short lead, cleaning up after them and following the guidance below.
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.
Llanerchaeron 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 at Llanerchaeron?
Enjoy a day out with your dog at Llanerchaeron. Dogs are welcome in the gardens, pleasure grounds and on woodland trails. To keep our farm animals and collections safe, dogs are not permitted in the farmyard or house (apart from assistant dogs). Please note that to keep livestock safe in the parkland, dogs are to be kept on a short lead at all times. There are several walks to explore across the ancient parkland, please visit the Things to see and do section of our website to view the trails, or speak to a member of the visitor welcome team.
What facilities are available for dogs?
There are water bowls available for dogs across site, including at the visitor’s centre and courtyard.
If your dog requires anything during your visit, we will be happy to help where we can.
What else do I need to be aware of?
Llanerchaeron has livestock grazing throughout the season, so we kindly ask visitors to keep their dogs on short lead at all times to keep the animals safe.
You are also advised not to leave your pet in the car for long periods of time, as there is limited amount of shade during warmer seasons.
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
You can enjoy a walk and see a variety of wildlife year-round at Llanerchaeron in the parkland, woods, meadows and of course the working farmyard.
On your visit to Llanerchaeron why not treat yourself to one of Conti's Café’s famous ice creams, take home fresh produce grown in the garden and browse the second-hand bookshop.
We recently held a public consultation which encouraged open feedback on proposals to introduce car park charges at Llanerchaeron.