Dog walking at the National Trust

at National Trust places

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We're very excited to have recently joined forces with the National Trust to support them on the development of their 'Dogs Welcome' project, aimed at improving access for our four-legged friends at the places they care for.

©National Trust Images/Chris Lacey

There are lots of National Trust places across the country where your four-legged friend can join you, and many of these provide facilities for you and your dog. Facilities do vary from place to place and according to how busy they may be, so it's definitely worth checking the facilities and access page for your chosen National Trust destination before your visit so you know what's available, as well as any restrictions. Of course, dogs assisting visitors with disabilities are welcome inside all National Trust houses, gardens, restaurants & shops.

Walking tips for you and your four-legged friend:

  • Check that the place you want to visit is dog-friendly and look out for signs, maps, and people telling you where you can go with your four-legged friend.
  • Before taking your dog off the lead, check you're in an area where this is permitted and that there are no livestock. However, do let go of your dog if you're chased or charged at by cattle.
  • Be mindful of other dogs and people, especially children. If you do take your dog off the lead, it shouldn't run off into the distance.
  • Carry poop bags and always pick up after your dog. This will make the places the National Trust care for more pleasant for everyone and is better for the environments they work so hard to preserve.
  • Some dogs love water, and it can often be hard to stop them from diving straight in when they see it. Only let your dog do this if it's safe and you are allowed to do so.
  • Make sure you've got a map, especially if you're going off the beaten track.
  • Take plenty of water and a travel-bowl with you.
  • Carry your dog's favourite treats, so you can encourage and reward positive behaviour.
  • Keep safe in the countryside by looking out for information, and spend time getting to know your dog to see if they're stressed or ill. Your vet can provide information about training and keeping your dog healthy.

©National Trust Images/Chris Lacey

Need some inspiration?

The National Trust has many perfect places for walking with your pup, whether it's an urban, coastal or countryside walk you're after - there's sure to be a walk to suit you. Click here to find the best National Trust dog walks near you.