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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.

Take a look at this Enjoy the New Forest with your Dog leaflet.

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:

  • Pick up after your dog wherever you are, especially where people walk, play, park or picnic.
  • Keep your dog close to you and in sight at all times - if necessary use a lead.
  • Keep well away from any work taking place and observe warning signage.
  • Keep your dog from jumping up at or approaching other people, especially children
  • Keep dogs away from picnics, horse riders and cyclists, and prevent excessive barking
  • Show respect for other dogs (especially timid ones); if an approaching dog is on a lead, put yours on a lead too
  • If you cannot reliably and quickly call your dog back to you and away from people or other dogs, please keep it on a lead.

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 click here.


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

Beaulieu hotel

AA 3 Star Country House Hotel £57-£200 prpnb, Beaulieu, 0800 44 44 41

Passford House Hotel

NFTA Assessed £60-£255 prpnb, Lymington, 01590 682398

The Burley Inn

VisitEngland 3 Star Inn £60-£115 prpnb, Burley, 01425 403448

Moorhill House Hotel

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

Outside Front

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


Dog friendly B&B's

1 Honeysuckle Gardens

Green Leaf Tourism Scheme £80 prpnb, Lymington, 01590 641282


Green Leaf Tourism Scheme £30-£38 pppnb, Lyndhurst, 023 8028 2406

The Rowans

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

A Little Gem

Green Leaf Tourism Scheme £35-£40 pppnb, Lymington, 01590 672799

Bridge House

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


Dog Friendly Cottages

Gorse Cottage

VisitEngland 5 Star Self-catering £800-£1900 pupw sleeps 10, Brockenhurst, 01582 318104


Green Leaf Tourism Scheme £550-£690 pupw sleeps 8, Beaulieu, 07708 009920

Sweet Apples Barn Cottages

VisitEngland 4 Star Self-catering £450-£891 pupw sleeps 4, Fordingbridge, 01747 828170

Wilf's Cabin

NFTA Assessed £100 pupn sleeps 2-4, Burley, 01425 403735


Dog friendly campsites & holiday parks

log cabin

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

Oakdene Forest Park

Green Leaf Tourism Scheme £219-£1699 pupw sleeps 4-8, Ringwood, 01590 648333

Greenhill Farm

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


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


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