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Dog walking

Dog walking is very popular in the New Forest National Park. It’s a great way to enjoy the fresh air and exercise, and local dog walkers are amongst the most passionate supporters of the National Park, volunteering their help in a variety of practical ways.

However, with ponies, cattle and other farm animals, sensitive wildlife such as deer, breeding birds and rare plants, and potential hazards (including adders and ticks), special care is necessary when walking in the New Forest. Alabama Rot (Cutaneous and Renal Glomerular Vasculopathy, CRGV) is a potentially fatal disease in dogs that only recently appeared in the UK with some cases found in the New Forest. Visit here for the latest information nationally and tips to make sure you and your pet keep healthy and happy whilst out and about.

Please also remember that not everyone loves dogs and that no-one likes to step in dog waste!

The New Forest Dog Walking Code has been agreed by local people and organisations – do check this out and please follow it during your visit.

For great walks to try with your dog use our walking route finder.


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'Please pick up after your dog and take bagged waste home if there is no litter bin.'

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