Dog walks at Wakehurst

Join us for a dog walk with a difference.

A dog being walked on a lead





Designated routes around Wakehurst.

Dog walks at Wakehurst map


Included with entry to the gardens

We are excited to welcome your four-legged friends for walks across our 500-acre wild botanic garden at Wakehurst.

Take your furry friend on a specially curated dog-walking route that takes in our sights, sounds and smells. You’ll get to ramble through Bloomers Valley, the perfect spot to enjoy a view of the dramatic Wakehurst landscape, alongside our stunning woodlands for dappled shade on those warmer days.

Energetic pups can roam free in a new off-lead area overlooking the Millennium Seed Bank, our Noah’s Ark for plants.

Before heading home, pop by our dog-friendly Seeds Café to enjoy a range of drinks, snacks or a light lunch. Our shop is also dog-friendly, stocked with a range of gifts, plants, books and homeware.

Grab a dog walking map at our entrance so you’re prepared for the best places to get water, dog treats, waste bins and complimentary biodegradable waste bags.

Everything you need to know about dog walking at Wakehurst

Canine Code

  • We welcome up to two dogs per adult to enjoy the gardens at Wakehurst.
  • Dogs must remain on a short lead at all times on the designated path. Please note extendable leads are not allowed, and short leads are available to borrow from the Visitor Centre.
  • Dogs can stretch their legs in our brand-new off-lead area beside the Millennium Seed Bank. See map for directions.
  • To protect our plant collections and wildlife, please walk your dog on the designated paths and ensure they do not walk onto planting beds or borders.
  • Please be a responsible owner and clear up after your dog. Waste bins are provided along the designated paths.
  • Disability assistance dogs are welcome across the entire site on a short lead. Read more about accessibility at Wakehurst.
  • Dogs are not permitted to enter the outdoor play spaces or any buildings, except the Visitor Centre and Stables Pantry.
  • Please ensure your dog doesn’t run up to other people – especially children.
  • Please do not leave dogs unattended at any time, including in the visitor car park.
  • Wakehurst reserves the right to refuse entry to, or remove, any dog thought to be dangerous to visitors, staff, wildlife or other dogs.