Visitors with Dogs

Well behaved dogs are very welcome on The Trail but we have some top tips to make sure everyone enjoys The Trail responsibly.


Keep your dog close to you and on a lead where required

This helps to minimise the disturbance caused to local wildlife or other visitors.

When visiting the Garden area, crossing Dorking Golf Course and approaching Betchworth Castle through Betchworth Golf Course, dogs must be kept on leads.

Always pick up after your dog

Dog mess is not only an unsightly health hazard for other visitors, it promotes the growth of invasive plants and discourages the growth of wildflowers. Please pick up after your dog and take your waste home with you.

Be aware of ground nesting birds

Ground nesting birds may present on areas of The Trail from May to September and we ask dog owners to keep to paths during this time to minimise disturbance and protect eggs.

Be Aware of Grazing Animals

Some areas of wider Trail pass through farmland which at times may host grazing animals. Please keep your dog on a lead in these areas to avoid distress to the livestock. Look out for and take note of signs on sites where cattle are present.