Visiting Wimpole with your dog

Dog walkers on a sunny Autumn day

Exploring our acres of parkland, woodland and tracks is a great way to enjoy Wimpole and we welcome well-behaved dogs and their owners.

Help protect our livestock

Our livestock are grazing all year round across the estate so please keep your dog on a short lead and walk steadily and quietly past the animals.  

Your dog must be on a lead 

  • If you are in an area where livestock are grazing
  • If your dog is not 'recall' trained
  • whenever you see walkers or cyclists approaching
  • In accordance with the Countryside Code you must keep your dog on a short lead between 1 March and 31 July
A walk in the park
A couple of walkers with dogs on leads
A walk in the park

Why it is important for dogs to be on leads around livestock

  • Dogs sometimes instinctively chase livestock which can injure them
  • Pregnant ewes can abort lambs if chased by dogs
  • A dog chasing livestock can lead to young calves and lambs being separated from their mothers
  • Livestock will tend to form a group if chased by a dog and this could potentially be dangerous for other visitors

If the cattle approach you . . .

  • Move away as carefully and quietly as possible, and if necessary let go of your dog’s lead and let it run free, the dog will outrun the cows.
  • Those without canine companions should follow similar advice: move away calmly, do not panic and make no sudden noises, the cows will leave you alone once they establish that you pose no threat.

By close control we mean . . .

When you take your dog anywhere outdoors always ensure it does not disturb wildlife, other people or other dogs, by keeping it under close control.

  • either on a lead or walking to heel or just a few yards away from you when off lead
  • 100% reliable on recall
  • being able to get an 'off lead' dog back on its lead quickly and easily
  • that your dogs do not bound up to other walkers, dogs and cyclists

Where can I go with my dog?

Dogs are allowed in the parkland, wider estate, Stable Block yard and on the terrace outside the Old Rectory Restaurant.  Dogs are not permitted in the Hall, Gardens, Home Farm or Restaurant.
Dog water bowls are provided in the Stables, outside the Restaurant and at the side of the mansion. 

Off the Lead Area

We are currently trialing an 'Off the lead' area where dogs can explore off the lead as long as they are well trained, responsive and come back to you when you call, excluding ground nesting bird season 1 March - 31 July.

This will change as we move our livestock around so please check the location via the ticket office before starting your walk.

Ghillie visiting Wimpole
Ghillie visiting Wimpole
Ghillie visiting Wimpole

Please always pick up after your dog

We ask that all dog waste bags are put in the two bins provided near the stable block and not left in the parkland.

Keep them cool

As the RSPCA advise, "don't leave your dog locked alone in your car"  at any time during the year.