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Visiting East Riddlesden Hall with your dog

Dog walking at East Riddlesden Hall
Dog walking at East Riddlesden Hall | © Arnhel de Serra

Dogs are welcome on the lower fields at East Riddlesden Hall all year round, and there is plenty of space to let your four-legged friend explore. Please help to keep East Riddlesden Hall 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.

East Riddlesden 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 at East Riddlesden Hall?

Dogs are welcome in the lower fields and formal gardens at East Riddlesden Hall, only assistance dogs are permitted in the tearoom and house.

The meadow walk on the lower fields is the perfect place for you and your dog to explore. The walk only takes about twenty minutes to complete but the field is a great place for playing fetch!

What facilities are available for dogs?

There are water bowls outside of the Bothy and plenty of bins for dog waste around the grounds.

What do I need to be aware of?

The fields next to the meadow walk often have livestock grazing, please always keep your dog on a short lead and under control in this area.

We also ask that dogs are kept out of the play areas in the formal gardens. For more information, please speak to a member of the visitor welcome team.

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

Our partners

Forthglade

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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