Explore some more National Trust properties without leaving the dogs behind.
National Trust houses, with their extensive, beautifully maintained grounds, are a dog-walker’s best friends. Here’s our pick of the ones that go the extra mile to make four-legged visitors feel really special. As always, do keep your dog in sight and under control when you’re there (using a lead when asked to), and watch out for local notices during lambing season or when ground-nesting birds are raising young.
Kingston Lacy, near Wimborne, Dorset
This elegant, Italian-style country house is a firm favourite both with local dog-walkers (there’s quite a crew of regulars) and visitors from further afield. Dogs great and small are encouraged to visit and explore the miles of paths and roll in the grass
Croome, Worcester, Worcestershire
The team at Croome will give your pooch the warmest of welcomes, and are always on hand to advise on the best routes for walks. There are plenty of watering holes in the dramatic parkland, and you can take your dog anywhere on a lead outside.
Petworth Park, West Sussex
Dogs are welcome all year round at Petworth Park (above), which has 700 acres for them to explore. Owners will be bowled over by the far-reaching views of the South Downs. You’ll need to keep an eye on your canine companion, though, as deer graze in the park.
Lanhydrock, near Bodmin, Cornwall
This splendid late-Victorian estate is perfect for a day out with your dog: the walks and trails through the woods are wonderful, and you can pick up routes and guides from reception. The stable café has outdoor seating, and canine diners can enjoy some of Lanhydrock’s famous bone-shaped biscuits. If you’re really lucky, the staff might let you have the recipe to take home.
Moseley Old Hall, Staffordshire
This glorious Elizabethan farmhouse makes an atmospheric place to stroll around with your dog on a misty morning. Dogs on leads are free to explore the grounds, and can even poke their noses into the bar – as long as they can resist the temptation to chase the chickens. The tearoom does fantastic homemade cakes.