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dog walking


We welcome dogs of all shapes and sizes to Tatton Park and we want you and your dog to have an enjoyable and stress-free day. We also need to protect farm animals, wildlife and habitats, as well as ensure everyone can enjoy the Park, whether or not they have a dog. Our dog walking policy is therefore reviewed regularly and additional restrictions may be necessary at certain times of the year.  

  • Dog in parkland - Scott Morton - ok to useKeep your dog under close control  

Due to increased incidences of dog attacks on deer calves, pregnant hinds and sheep, we introduced a temporary measure for all dogs to be kept on a lead within the Parkland until 31 July 2023. We have now reviewed this measure and from 1 August 2023, dogs will be allowed off lead in the parkland, but must be kept under close control* at all times. Also, please remember that not everyone loves dogs, and some people fear them. So make sure your dog doesn't approach other people, especially children, unless it's invited to. 

*Close control means either on a fixed lead, walking to heel or must have reliable recall. If your dog can lie down or return to you immediately on command, your dog would be considered under close control

  • Always clear up after your dog.

Two dog waste bins are provided near the Knutsford Entrance and one near the Dog Wood Entrance. Alternatively, please help us by taking your dog waste bags away with you to dispose of responsibly elsewhere.

  • Maximum of 4 dogs per person

A maximum of 4 dogs per person are permitted in the Park to ensure they can be kept under appropriate levels of control at all times.

  • Do not allow your dogs in the water. 

Dogs should not be encouraged to bathe or paddle in the Meres, or any Tatton Park waters, for conservation and health and safety reasons. Blue-green algae is present and toxic blooms, which can be harmful to your pet, can occur at any time.

  • Assistance dogs

Assistance dogs only are allowed in the Gardens, Play Area, Mansion, Old Hall, shops and restaurants.

  • Public Spaces Protection Order 

This means it is an offence not to clean up after your dog and dispose of dog faeces in a bin. A fine of £1,000 can be imposed.  Also, if you are requested to bring your dog under close control, or place it on a lead by Estate staff or another authorised officer, you must do so. In extreme cases, you and your dog might be asked to leave the Park. 

In case of EMERGENCY contact Duty Ranger: 07768 154884