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Dog Days Out - Off Lead Walkies! - Gloucestershire
Westonbirt - The National Arboretum 

Westonbirt, Gloucestershire 0300 067 4890 You and your dog can enjoy over two thirds of the arboretum!

Dogs are welcome in Silk Wood: a fantastic area to explore with your dog, on the Downs and in the main visitor area. The Old Arboretum is a dog free zone.

Dogs should be kept on a lead around the car parks, and also to be kept outside of the Westonbirt Restaurant, the Great Oak Hall, the shop and plant centre and the toilets.

Please make use of the dog litter bins. Bowls of water are usually available next to the Visitor Services office in the main visitor centre area to keep your dog hydrated.   
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Dog Days Out - Parks, Gardens and Grounds - Cheshire
Norton Priory Museum & Gardens 

Runcorn, Cheshire 01928 569895 Dogs, on leads, are very welcome. We provide water bowls for dogs at both the museum and outside the walled garden cottage.

Although dogs are not allowed inside the walled garden there are extensive paths in the woodland and orchard surrounding the garden which are regularly used by dog walkers.

We ask all dog owners to please pick up after their dogs and provide a bin for this in the walled garden car park.   
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Eating Out - Cafes & Restaurants - Merseyside
Hesketh Park & Cafe, Southport 

Less than one miles walk from the vibrant resort of Southport lies Hesketh Park.

This 34 acre Park has a small dog friendly cafe, where treats are often available!

  
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Dog Days Out - Parks, Gardens and Grounds - Merseyside
Botanic Gardens & Cafe - Churchtown, Southport 

Nationally renowned for its floral displays. It is popular with local people and visitors alike. Located in picturesque Churchtown.

The park is open 7 days a week, every day of the year. A great day out for all the family.

Entrance is free. Dogs welcome on leads. Well behaved dogs also welcome in the Botanic Cafe.
  
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Dog Days Out - Parks, Gardens and Grounds - Nottinghamshire
Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve & Visitor Centre, 

Free self guided leaflets available in Visitor Information and reception. The Blue Trail - 45 minute circular path round the Major Oak. The Green Trail - takes about an hour The Red Trail - takes approximately two hourst. Suitable for all ages.

Dogs are welcome at Sherwood Forest Country Park but must be kept under control. Please clean up after your pet.

At some park events (for example, bird-watching walks), dogs are not allowed. If in doubt, please phone to check, tel: 01623 823202.
  
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rural location open all year
 
Dog Days Out - Off Lead Walkies! - North Yorkshire
York Racecourse (AKA The Knavesmire) 

An (obviously!) large grassy area much used by York locals for dog walking.

LIMITED ACCESS ON RACE DAYS

Please remember to 'Scoop the Poop'.  
 
Dog Days Out - Parks, Gardens and Grounds - North Yorkshire
Helmsley Walled Garden 

Historic 5-acre walled garden, restored from dereliction by staff and volunteers, open for visitors from April through till October.

Flowers, fruit and vegetables are grown and there is a special collection of Yorkshire apple varieties. Brand new clematis garden open and quiet spaces to sit in the Garden of Contemplation, Orchard or Physic Garden.

Dogs on leads are welcome in the garden and in the first bay of the café and water bowls are available.  
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enclosed garden vegetarian option
 
Dog Days Out - Parks, Gardens and Grounds - Dorset
Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens 

After the great storm of 1990, a major restoration project has been underway. many new exotic and unusual flowers have been introduced to this fabulous Dorset Garden.

DOGS on leads are welcome throughout the gardens and also, during quite periods, they are allowed in the cafe. Please clean up after them and use the dog bins provided.

A climb up a grassy hill, within the gardens, is rewarded by spectacular views of the Jurrasic Coastline & Chesil Beach.  
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open all year
 
Dog Days Out - Castles & Abbeys - Somerset
Glastonbury Abbey 

Glastonbury Abbey welcomes dogs on leads - stunning 36 acres of parkland.

  
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rural location enclosed garden open all year
 
Dog Days Out - Parks, Gardens and Grounds - Cornwall
Tanglewood Wild Garden 

At Tanglewood we have kept the gardens non-commercialised, so whilst you won't find catering facilities, you will find lots of areas to throw down a blanket for a rustic picnic, as well as picnic benches.

In keeping with the Wild Gardens, litter needs to go home with you. We do have compost toilets on site though!

Dogs are welcome on lead. Open Easter to end of October.

Access is via steep, uneven, natural paths through the wood, making this garden unsuitable for the disabled and wheelch  
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rural location child friendly
 
Dog Days Out - Parks, Gardens and Grounds - Dorset
Compton Acres, Canford Cliffs Road, Poole  A 10 acre ornamental garden, constructed in 1920 and consisting of a series of themed gardens.

Close to the beautiful Sandbanks area of Poole Well behaved dogs on short leads are welcome in both the gardens and café & tearooms.
  
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Dog Days Out - Off Lead Walkies! - Devon
Paws on Dartmoor : Dartmoor National Park 

The 'Paws on Dartmoor' campaign, developed in response to the increasing number of incidents involving uncontrolled dogs and livestock, provides advice to dog owners on issues associated with taking your dog onto Dartmoor
  
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Dog Days Out - Parks, Gardens and Grounds - Staffordshire
Downs Banks - South of Stoke-on-Trent and north of Stone in Staffordshire - National Trust  Dogs - always welcome at Downs Banks. Please help us to keep the area special by clearing up dog mess and taking it home with you as there are no disposal facilities on-site.  
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Dog Days Out - Castles & Abbeys - Cheshire
Beeston Castle and Woodland Park - English Heritage 
Dogs on lead welcome.

40 acres of woodland park surround the castle. Picnic benches and grassed areas, including the Castle Green, to sit on.

  
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child friendly
 
Dog Days Out - Parks, Gardens and Grounds - Denbighshire
Rhyl Botanical Gardens & Rhyl Botanical Gardens 
The cafe always offers a warm welcome as well refreshments and home made cakes, dog walkers are welcome with their pets in the conservatory.
  
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Dog Days Out - Castles & Abbeys - Shropshire
Ludlow Castle, Shropshire   A fine medieval ruined castle set in glorious Shropshire countryside. Dogs, on short leads, are welcome in the Castle and the Tea Rooms Courtyard. You will find bowls of water around to ensure our four legged friends are well cared for during your visit. NOTE: The castle is occasionally closed for special events and festival set ups - please contact them directly for details.  
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Dog Days Out - Parks, Gardens and Grounds - Devon
Coleton Fishacre  There are some beautiful walks along the coastal footpath, at nearby Mansands and Scabbacombe beach, as well as Froward Point, and for dogs on leads there's the designated dog route in the garden (map available at reception). Telephone: 01803 842382   
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Dog Days Out - Parks, Gardens and Grounds - Dorset
Lulworth Castle & Park  There are woodland walks,a children's playground and spacious grounds to dog walk and picnic. Please see their website (link blow) for opening times.  
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Dog Days Out - Parks, Gardens and Grounds - Devon
Parke - National Trust  Take a short stroll around the garden, or a longer more strenuous walk through the woodlands and along the river to the medieval weir. Dogs are welcome, but please keep on a lead where stock are grazing. Please use the waste bins provided for dog's mess.  
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Dog Days Out - Parks, Gardens and Grounds - Dorset
Minterne House Gardens, Minterne Magna, Dorchester  Dogs are welcome on leads. Please note that some of the paths are uneven and steep making access for wheelchairs difficult.

There is free parking and picnic facilities available. Minterne House itself is NOT open to the public.  
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