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Visiting the Bridestones, Crosscliff and Blakey Topping with your dog

Close-up of a visitor holding their dog on a lead at the Vyne, Hampshire
A visitor with their dog | © National Trust Images/Karen Legg

Dogs on leads are welcome at the Bridestones, Crosscliff and Blakey Topping. Read on for useful information when exploring with your canine companion, along with guidance to help ensure everyone enjoys their visit.

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.

Bridestones, Crosscliff and Blakey Topping is a three pawprint rated place.

Three pawprints shows the very best places you can visit for a day with your dog. Read on to discover exactly where you can take your dog.

Where can my dog go?

Dogs love to explore the Bridestones, Crosscliff and Blakey Topping. They are welcome in all areas, but must be under close control at all times to protect wildlife and livestock.

Please be prepared to immediately put dogs on a short lead around grazing cattle or sheep, and please clean up after your dog.

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
Rock formation on Bridestones Moor, North Yorkshire

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Our partners


We've partnered with natural pet food maker Forthglade so that you and your dog can get even more out of the special places we care for.

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