Dog days out with the National Trust

 

The National Trust has some wonderful places for your dog to go, with lots of good whiffs to sniff, people to meet, dogs to greet, and fun to be had. 

Click here to dig out information about dog friendly places with the National Trust
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From coastal paths to woodland, you’ll be spoilt for choice!  What’s more, there’s lots of helpful information on the National Trust’s website for anyone who wants to go walkies with their dogs about properties which welcome dogs, what your dog can expect – at some places, there may be hitching posts where dogs can be left safety – water for drinking bowls and dog mess bins.

And there are plenty of ideas for you to choose from in terms of favourite walks and walks with dog friendly cafes.

We’ve taken our dog to a number of National Trust sites, including the Sussex Downs National Park, where he loves a good walk, taking in the views and wonderful sea air; and the coastal grasslands at Stackpole in Pembrokeshire, where he adored the coastal walks.   We visited National Trust properties without him, as he was left at home on a short break, and were amazed to see the facilities offered to dogs at Calke Abbey, which has 600 acres for you and your woof to explore.   He loved the Sticklebarn pub in the Lake District over the Christmas holidays last year – it was so dog friendly it even had a dog menu on the bar for woofs. 

gift membership to the National Trust could enable a loved one and their canine member of the family to enjoy lots of new adventures and quality time together, exploring, sniffing, meeting, greeting, wagging tails and waving paws.  

Visiting National Trust places is a great way for you and your dog to get out into the fresh air and do something completely different.   Click here to give a gift membership to the National Trust

Click here to sniff out dog friendly properties and venues with the National Trust

Go exploring with your dog
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It’s always worth checking property details before you visit, since restrictions can vary at different types of the year.   Be informed before you go and you’re more likely to have a tail wagging visit.  The National Trust website asks owners and walkers to keep the countryside a safe, healthy and enjoyable place, respecting requests to keep dogs on the lead where needbe - at some times of the year, there may be restrictions on farmland or woodland such as during lambing season.   

The National Trust website says that assistance dogs are welcome inside all of their houses, gardens, restaurants and shops but you do need to check individual property and site details for access details

Click here to sniff out dog friendly properties and places with the National Trust
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Another great thing about being a member of the National Trust is that if you’re travelling and on the road, National Trust places can be a great place to stop and give your woof a walk, instead of trying to find a tiny piece of green at a motorway service station (though I admit quite a few are getting better at providing for our canine friends).  You can find more info here