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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

New Park Manor Hotel and Spa

AA 3 Star Hotel £115-£319 prpnb, Brockenhurst, 01590 623467

Balmer Lawn Hotel

AA 4 Star Country House Hotel £99-£239 prpnb, Brockenhurst, 01590 623116

Moorhill House Hotel

AA 3 Star Country House Hotel £52-£177 prpnb, Burley, 0800 44 44 41

The Woodlands Lodge Hotel

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

The Master Builder's House Hotel

AA 3 Star Country House Hotel £70-£240 prpnb, Beaulieu, 01590 616253


Dog friendly B&B's

Auld Mother Hubbard's Burton

NFTA Assessed £60-£80 prpnb, Christchurch, 07878 316915

Alderholt Mill

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

Bridge House

VisitEngland 3 Star Bed & Breakfast £33-£48 pppnb, Brockenhurst, 01590 623135

Far Side B&B, New Forest

Green Leaf Tourism Scheme £34-£38 pppnb, Brockenhurst, 01590 610422

The Rowans

Green Leaf Tourism Scheme £35 pppnb, Lymington, 01590 672276


Dog Friendly Cottages

VisitEngland 3 Star Self-catering £400-£750 pupw sleeps 4, Milford on Sea, 07722 729132

Graylands Cottage

Green Leaf Tourism Scheme £360-£1350 pupw sleeps 2-8, Fordingbridge, 07967 007 642

forester's & keeper's cottage

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

Percy's Retreat

NFTA Assessed £486-£821 pupw sleeps 3, Fordingbridge, 01747 828170


Dog friendly campsites & holiday parks

log cabin

Green Leaf Tourism Scheme £15-£75 ptpn, Christchurch, 01425 672451

Aldridge Hill

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

Sandy Balls Holiday Centre

VisitEngland  Holiday Park (CP) £10-£40 ptpn, Fordingbridge, 01442 508850


Green Tourism Silver Award £12-£22 ptpn, Cadnam, 02476 423008

Hollands Wood

Green Tourism Silver Award £16-£31 ptpn, Brockenhurst, 02476 423008