For this year’s Love Parks Week (12-21st July) we are encouraging everyone to get out and enjoy their favourite park.

Here are some of our favourites for you to enjoy with your four-legged friend.


The Trentham Estate, Staffordshire

The new-look gardens have matured into some of the finest in Britain, declared, by James Alexander Sinclair in The Telegraph, as “The garden makeover of the decade”.

We all know that fairies live at the bottom of the garden, and Trentham Gardens is no exception! Take the fairy trail and keep your eyes peeled as you walk around our beautiful mile long lake, and through the woodland, maze and gardens where the fairies live.

Dogs are welcomed into all areas of the gardens, lakeside, parkland and woodland, the only exceptions being the children’s play area, barefoot walk and Capability Centre.

Dogs are welcome inside, and out, at Cadwaladers, Café and also in the outside areas of the other eateries on the estate.  To avoid having to take a muddy dog home, there is a Doggie Wash at Tretham Shopping Village – but remember to bring your own towel.

Dogs should be kept on a short lead at all times.



Roundhay Park, Leeds

You can explore the park by the many paths and trails, a selection of which are detailed below.

Secret Gorge Walk

This peaceful walk passes through an area of outstanding natural beauty.

The walk has rough, good quality footpaths with sections of steep ground.
Approx 2.7Km

Upper Lake Walk

This walk circumnavigates the Upper Lake with wooded areas, natural water space and a host of wildlife.

The walking surface is rough in sections but mainly flat.
Approx 0.7Km

Lake View Walk

This walk circumnavigates Waterloo Lake passing Parkland, Woods and the Dam. The main focus of the walk is the tranquil beauty of the Lake.

The walking surface is rough in sections but mainly flat.
Approx 2.7Km

Formal Garden Walk

Take a walk and stroll through the specialist gardens af the park, including the new ‘Friends of Roundhay Park Garden’ at the west end of Canal Gardens.

The surface is tarmac.
Approx 1.5Km

Parkland Walk

Take a walk around the architectural past of the park as this walk passes many of the main features.

See the Park Arena which has hosted many large events and concerts.
Approx 1.6Km



Kingston Lacy, Dorset

Take time to explore the Kingston Lacy estate with your four-legged friend. We have plenty of walks for you to enjoy and dogs are welcome in the Stables courtyard too when you stop for a well-earned slice of cake.

Your dog is welcome

All day, every day from 10am–6pm (10am–4pm from November to March) in the car park, woodland walks, parkland (including the Japanese garden) and the Stables courtyard. The formal garden, immediately behind the house, is a dog-free area, where families are encouraged to play games and have picnics.

We do ask that you keep your four-legged friend on a lead at all times.

Whether you are a local dog walker who visits regularly or a visitor from further afield, we welcome all types of dogs. With miles of paths to explore, trees to sniff and grass to roll in we think you’ll both have a great day.


Ickworth House, Suffolk

Ickworth is great place for dogs and their owners – we’ve a wide range of walks for you. Head for a light stroll or something more energetic to build up your appetite. With sweeping views and plentiful sticks, let your furry friends lead you on a path of discovery.

Ickworth is a wonderful place to walk especially with a dog, but we do ask that your dog is kept on a lead at all times on the Estate for the wellbeing of all visitors and our wildlife.

We do this to improve the safety and enjoyment on the estate for all visitors, landowners / tenants, dog owners and their dogs. We need to ensure the majority of our visitors feel that Ickworth is a safe place for all to experience and enjoy.

You may wander freely around the parkland and woods, but dogs are not allowed in the Italianate gardens or inside the buildings (apart from assistance dogs).



Blickling Hall – Park and Woods, Norfolk

The Countryside Code is a good companion to any walk in the great outdoors, but here’s a guide to what that means for you and your dog at Blickling Estate…

With over 4,600 acres to explore, Blickling’s parkland is the perfect place to take your four-legged friend for a walk.

Livestock graze freely, so please keep dogs under close control at all times. We also ask that you keep your dog on a lead when in the car park, Farmyard picnic area and around the lake.

Why not finish your walk in one of our dog friendly cafés? Muddy Boots and the Farmyard offer a wide range of refreshments.


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