Visiting Baddesley Clinton with your dog
Baddesley is nestled within the Warwickshire countryside, with walks across fields, along canals and through woodland for you to enjoy with your dog. Well-behaved dogs are welcome on leads in the car park and on public footpaths across the estate. Find out where your dog can and can't go and the facilities available.
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.
Baddesley Clinton 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.
Walking with your dog
Surrounded by Warwickshire countryside, with miles of walks through fields, along local canals and through the woodland, there are adventures awaiting you and your dog.
Pop into Visitor Reception to pick up a walks map and speak to a member of staff about the best routes to explore with your four-legged friend.
Please keep your dogs under close control
Livestock frequently graze in the fields surrounding Baddesley, so we ask you to be mindful while walking your dog, especially if they are on an extendable lead. Help keep the countryside a safe, healthy and enjoyable place for you and your dog, other visitors, wildlife and livestock.
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
Where can't my dog go?
Dogs are not allowed past Visitor Reception, which includes the house, garden, shop, toilets and restaurant. Assistance dogs are welcome inside the house, garden, shop, toilets and restaurant.
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.
Facilities available for my dog
A water bowl for your dog is located by Visitor Reception.
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.
Explore the 150 acres of parkland, open farmland and dense woodland that make up the estate. Relax by the lake, discover the animal sculptures in the woodlands, and watch wildlife.
Find the restaurant serving drinks, meals, light bites and cakes, as well as the shop and plant sales, in the barnyard. Pick up your next read from the second-hand bookshop.
From priest holes to the Great Hall, intimate family chapel to blood stains in the library, step inside the house to uncover 500 years of history.
Wander round the walled garden, courtyard and orchard that make up the garden here at Baddesley Clinton.