Dog walking is one of the most popular activities on public rights of way. Whilst dogs are allowed to accompany users there is no requirement for landowners to agree gate or stile alterations to encourage dog walking. It’s therefore wise to check out new routes to ensure they’re suitable before setting out with your pooch.
Dogs are not required to be on a lead however they should be kept under effective control at all times. Where paths cross fields or other private land dogs should not be allowed to stray from the path, this is especially true around livestock.
Dog faeces can cause serious harm to livestock, agriculture and indeed human health as well as being a nuisance to other path users. Users should always clear up after their dogs and dispose of the waste responsibly. Clear and concise advice can be found relating to the activity in the Dog Walking Code.
Dog Walking Code