Visiting Berrington with your dog
Get your walking shoes on, grab the lead and come and enjoy some wonderful walks at Berrington with your dog. Explore ‘Capability’ Brown's final landscape and witness the herons that have made the lake a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
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.
Berrington Hall 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?
The 250 acres of parkland and woodland is perfect for dog walking, with waymarked walks of differing lengths leading to the lake or meandering through the woods. Pick a route to suit the energy levels of your four-legged friend – and you.
Dogs are welcome in all areas of the parkland, courtyard and the gardens. We simply ask that dogs are kept on leads for the consideration of other visitors and livestock.
Where can't my dog go?
The only areas of the site that dogs cannot go are the mansion and main tea-room.
Facilities available for my dog
There are dog waste bins by the gates to the parkland and water bowls in the courtyard and by visitor reception.
Don’t forget to head to the Stables Café for some post-walk treats which can be enjoyed on the go. Your four-legged friend is welcome to join you in here too.
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.
Explore Lancelot 'Capability' Brown's vision of stunning views and winding walking trails through acres of parkland at Berrington.
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