Visit Woodchester with your dog

It's always a good idea to keep your dog on a lead

Exploring the acres of parkland with your four-legged friend is a great way to enjoy the beautiful landscape. All well-behaved dogs are very welcome.

Woodchester Park attracts thousands of dog walkers every year, so to ensure that everyone can enjoy their visit we've put together a code of conduct to give you more information on bringing your cuddly canine.

Balancing safety with a great day out

We sometimes have incidents involving dogs. Please help to protect others, the grazing sheep and cattle, and wildlife by being responsible for your dog at all times.

There are dog waste bins around the site. Help us to keep Woodchester special for all visitors and wildlife by remembering to clear up after your dog.

Off lead, long leads or under close control?

To help you know when your canine companion needs to be a on a lead, we've developed the following policy:

Short lead and under close control

Dogs must be on a short lead along the more sensitive areas like the play trail and on the tracks that pass through fields of grazing sheep and cows. Sadly, several sheep and lambs have been fatally injured by loose dogs. It is a criminal offence to allow your dog to chase livestock which could lead to fines and prosecution, so keeping them under close control is essential.

Some younger visitors can be scared of dogs so do not allow your dog on the play equipment.

Sheep love to graze the land
Sheep love to graze the land
Sheep love to graze the land

Long lead

Most of the waymarked routes around the park are perfect for a good walk with your four-legged friend. Please keep them on a lead as this helps to protect the wildlife.

Free to explore

The woodland around the heronry at the far end of the park is perfect for letting your dog stretch its legs. To help protect the wildlife and your dog, please keep them in sight and only let your dog off if you're confident that they'll respond to your call.