Visiting Wimpole with your dog
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
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
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?
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.