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Days out with the Dog in The New Forest

With very few restrictions in regards to walking in the beautiful New Forest, it not only makes the perfect retreat for the keen walker, cyclist or hacker – it is also the perfect place to bring the dogs!

The New Forest is a growingly popular place for people to bring their dogs. It is a great place for dogs to join you on holiday or on your day trip due to our many Dog Friendly Hotels, B&B's, Cottages, Campsites, Holiday Parks, Pubs, Restaurants, Tea Rooms and Attractions.


dog walking

With a fantastic range of extensive walking routes which span across the beautiful heathland, dense woodland and expansive coastlines, The New Forest National Park is an ideal place to take the dog for some exercise.

dog walking code

When walking in The New Forest with your dog it is important to remember to treat the forest with care – you can do this by following the dog walkers’ code. We request that anyone enjoying the beautiful forest with their dogs to:

  • Keep all dogs under control at all times and keep them within your sight as to avoid disturbing wildlife
  • Respect any rangers, if they ask you to put your dog on a lead then please follow their instructions
  • Remember to clean up after your dog
  • Respect other walkers, if you are struggling to keep your dog under control or within your sight please use a leash

dog friendly attractions

There are lots of dog friendly attractions in The New Forest from the New Forest Centre in Lyndhurst to Exbury Gardens. Take a look at our Dog Information Discover Mini Guide for more details as well as contacts for vets and kennels should you need them whilst you are on holiday.

dog friendly pubs

Take a break after your exhilarating walk at any one of our dog friendly pubs; let the dog stretch out in front of the fire whilst you tuck into a delicious and hearty lunch. Don't forget your Brand New Forest Card as there are lots of money saving offers from pubs around the area.


About a quarter of birds in the New Forest nest and raise their chicks on the ground, so from the 1st of March to the 31st of July dogs must be kept on a short lead on common and downland. Failure to do so will breech the Countryside and Rights of Way Act (2000). There are a variety of diferent birds in the New Forest, to find out more information then please take a visit to the Visitor Information Centre in Lyndhurst.


All deer have a strong scent which can often arouse the instinct to hunt in dogs. We ask that you take this into consideration when walking your dog especially in spring & early summer due to the pregnant females and young fawns, as these are most vulnerable. New Forest ponies, cattle, donkeys and pigs are also free to roam around the forest, to ensure your safety at all times and make sure your dog is close by or on a lead.

Dog friendly Hotels

Ormonde House Hotel

AA 3 Star Hotel £40-£49 pppnb, Lyndhurst, 023 8028 2806

Passford House Hotel

NFTA Assessed £60-£250 prpnb, Lymington, 01590 682398

The Woodlands Lodge Hotel

AA 3 Star Country House Hotel £79-£179 prpnb, Ashurst, 023 8029 2257


NFTA Assessed £75 prpnb, Lyndhurst, 023 8028 4690


AA 3 Red Star Hotel £125-£195 prpn, Brockenhurst, 01590 622354


Dog friendly B&B's

Oak Tree Cottage

NFTA Assessed £65-£140 prpnb, Burley, 07733 454790

The Rowans

Green Leaf Tourism Scheme £33 pppnb, Lymington, 01590 672276


NFTA Assessed £35-£55 pppnb, Lyndhurst, 023 8081 2137

The Willows

AA 3 Highly Commended Yellow Star Bed & Breakfast £45-£50 prpnb, Ashurst, 023 8029 2745

Alderholt Mill

Green Leaf Tourism Scheme £70-£120 prpnb, Fordingbridge, 01425 653130


Dog Friendly Cottages

forester's & keeper's cottage

VisitEngland 4 to 5 Star Self-catering £0-£900 pupw sleeps 4-5, Ringwood, 01202 820203

New Forest Cottage Holidays

Green Leaf Tourism Scheme £625-£1250 pupw sleeps 2-8, Burley, 07710 854348

Little Willows

NFTA Assessed £300-£330 pupw sleeps 2, Ashurst, 023 8029 2745


NFTA Assessed £1-£950 pupw sleeps 6, Milford on Sea, 01590 644579


Dog friendly campsites & holiday parks

Red Shoot

AA 3 Pennant Touring & Camping Park £17-£35 ptpn, Ringwood, 01425 473789

Greenhill Farm

AA 5 Pennant Touring & Camping Park £15 ptpn, Cadnam, 01794 324117

Downton Holiday Park

VisitEngland 4 Star Holiday Park £175-£200 pupw sleeps 4-8, Milford on Sea, 01425 476131

Matley Wood

Green Tourism Silver Award £10-£19 ptpn, Lyndhurst, 02476 423008

Sandy Balls Holiday Centre

Green Leaf Tourism Scheme £200-£1000 pupw sleeps 4-6, Fordingbridge, 0844 249 1184