Norfolk has miles of dog friendly beaches but if you fancy something different for a day out why not visit one of our many parks or woodlands. Just remember that there are other four legged animals in the fields enjoying their lunch. Farmers and estate managers will not be overjoyed if you think you’re a sheep dog and start herding their livestock! So to keep everyone happy ask your human to pop you on the lead and follow the countryside code. Please take your poo home with you – do not leave it in bags hanging from trees!
The Norfolk retreat of Her Majesty The Queen. Unfortunately we are not allowed in the house or the gardens but we can run around in the Country Park. We are also welcome to attend the many craft fairs, the annual flower show and even the parish church of St. Mary Magdalene. We’ve not seen any corgis but we have seen the Queen. Please check signs for repawts of any cases of Seasonal Canine Illness between August and the end of January to be on the safe side.
Sandringham, King’s Lynn PE35 6EH. Tel: 01485 545400
We are not allowed in the Hall but there are 3,000 acres of parkland to visit. Lots of deer and other wildlife around so please stay on the lead. There’s a lake which makes for a nice round walk and a park walk – both are sign posted.
Wells-next-the-Sea NR23 1AB. Tel: 01328 710227
National trust site with landscaped park and gardens. If you’re into horticulture there are a lot of azaleas in the spring. There are marked trails between 1-5 miles to enjoy. Please ask your human to pop you on the lead around the car park area, toilets, courtyard café, visitor centre and where the any cattle are grazing.
Upper Sheringham, NR26 8TL. Tel: 01263 820550
Two beautiful country walks through this organic farm on well marked public footpaths (one 2 mile and one 6 mile walk). The countryside is totally unspoilt and it’s a haven for wildlife and flowers so please don’t stick your nose in the hedgerows and disturb the wildlife. There is livestock around so please be aware of this and ask your human to keep you under control or on the lead. Free maps of walks available at the car park.
Ringstead, PE36 5LQ. Tel: 01485 525251
You can enjoy a really nice walk around the grounds of this stately home. There are 4 walks to choose from including the 4 mile Multi Use Trail which is suitable for doggies in strollers. The walks range from 1.5 to 4.5 miles and are all signposted and easy to follow. Livestock graze freely on the estate so do be aware and follow the countryside code. There is a dog friendly café on site and a pub close by. Car parking charges apply.
Blickling Hall, Aylsham, NR11 6NF. Tel: 01263 738030
We are not allowed inside this stately home but we can visit the grounds and the tearooms. There are 3 easy to follow circular walks; one is a 2 mile walk which is suitable for dogs in strollers. You’ll find a map with information on the walks in the car park.
Felbrigg, NR11 8PR. Tel: 01263 837444
HOLT COUNTRY PARK
Lots to do at this Country Park including several colour coded woodland walks for great sniffs. There’s a visitors’ hut where you can get some information. Watch out for the wild ponies and livestock.
Hempstead Road, Holt, NR25 6ES. Tel: 01263 513811
280 acres to explore. There are 3 signposted forest walks. Off of the B1159 between Bacton & North Walsham.
Nearly 4 miles of woodland pathways to explore! Also boat trips on the Broads. Entry charges apply. Dog watering stations made from recycled beer barrels in the garden, tearoom and picnic area. Open all year (Except Christmas Day).
School Road, South Walsham, NR13 6DZ. Tel: 01603 270449
GOODERSTONE WATER GARDENS AND NATURE TRAIL
Water gardens and nature trails set in 6.5 acres. Humans on lead with well behaved dogs welcome. Entry charges apply.
The Street, Gooderstone, PE33 9BP. Tel: 01603 712913
BURLINGHAM WOOFS …(Oooops – meant WOODS!)
Walks to suit all abilities from 1 to 3 miles, some suitable for wheelchairs and strollers. Also a very interesting sculpture trail. Access opposite St Andrew’s Church, North Burlingham, Nr. Norwich.
A wooftastic day out can be had by everyone at Salhouse Broad. Fabulous scenery and footpaths to follow through the trees. Lower Street, Salhouse, NR13 6RX. Tel: 07795145475
THETFORD FOREST PARK
47,000 acres makes this the largest lowland pine forest in the UK. Lots of fun walkies to be had. The Forestry Commission do ask that you stay under control for the safety of the wildlife.
Thetford, Visitors’ Centre IP27 OAF. Tel: 0300067440
WHITLINGHAM COUNTRY PARK
Nice circular walk which took us just over the hour which was also suitable for my doggy stroller. Lots of sailing boats. Car parking charges apply.
Trowse, Norwich, NR14 8TR. Tel: 01603 617332
80 acres of pawesome walkies to enjoy.
Eaton Park, South Park Avenue, Norwich, NR4 7AZ.
Grade II listed park – on leads please. Angel Road, Norwich, NR3 3HX. Tel: 03449803333
Large open park on the outskirts of Norwich next to the University of East Anglia. The River Yare runs through the park if you fancy a paddle.
Earlham Park, Norwich, NR4 7TQ. Tel: 03449803333
184 acres of heath and woodland.
Heartsease Lane, Norwich, NR7 9NT. Tel: 03449803333
Two popular open access dog walking areas near Briston and Edgefields. Dogs may use the paths in daylight hours and must be on leads outside the designated ‘open access’ areas. Stody Lodge Gardens open in May and dogs on leads are welcome.
Stody, Melton Constable, NR24 2ER. Tel: 01263 860572
Woofs Gizmo – Tourism & Leisure Editor