Dog Friendly National Trust Walks
This year, the National Trust celebrates 125 years of nature, beauty and history. Since it was first founded, the organisation has had a dedication to helping nature thrive and preserving British history. In support of this great organisation and its bold initiatives, we’d like to show some of our favourite dog-friendly walks in some of the most breathtaking National Trust sites near to our home, in and around the brilliant cities of Bristol and Bath.
*Please note that each National Trust site has its own regulations on dog walking. Before you arrive, make yourself aware of these regulations or ask a member of the National Trust when you arrive!
Just a stone’s throw away from Bristol, you’ll discover the once shrouded Tyntesfield Estate. The Victorian Gothic style house was once a family home but is now admired by 1000’s every year for its incredible surroundings, including numerous gardens and parklands. While the historic buildings, Rose Garden and walled garden, are off bounds from four-legged guests, the rest of the estate is available to mosey around. Need to keep both the kids and dog occupied this half-term? Tyntesfield is the perfect option to get them out in the great outdoors. Water bowls are available around the grounds to keep your pups hydrated, too.
Found in Wiltshire, Stourhead is world-famous for its landscaped gardens, tranquil lake, and for being a film location in Pride and Prejudice. The grounds asks its guests to keep dogs on leads after 2 pm within the landscape garden between March and September. However, the 1,072 hectares (2,650 acres) of land surrounding the estate is made upon ancient woodland and picturesque pastures where your dog can have free rein. There’s even a Stourhead dog-walking club, lead by Stourhead volunteers, and runs on the third Tuesday of every month.
Located on a hill, overlooking the beautiful city of Bath, sits the quaint Prior Park. The 18th-century estate is well known for its Palladian house, bridge and secret landscape garden. Enjoy a serene stroll around the grounds and take in your lovely surroundings with your fluffy friend. It’s worth bearing in mind that this National Trust site welcomes all dogs but asks them to remain on leads at all times.
If you go down to the woods today, keen walkers and waggy tails can explore ancient woodland and take in the dramatic views of the Avon Gorge. Just past Brunel’s suspension bridge in Bristol, Leigh Woods provides an escape from the city with its abundance of woodland walks and exhilarating bike trails.
The medieval town of Glastonbury is well-known for its spiritual sites including the iconic landmark, the Tor. A walk to the top may leave you out of breath, but the sweeping views of the Somerset Levels, Dorset, Wiltshire and Wales certainly make it worthwhile. Your pup may not appreciate the views so much but will certainly love the fresh air and being out and about.
So, what are you waiting for? Get your boots, walking attire, poo bags at the ready, get out and appreciate all that the National Trust has to offer our four-legged visitors and us.
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