Planning your visit
Dogs are welcome at Moors Valley. Please use the information below to help you plan your visit.
In the busy areas of the Park and Forest dogs must be kept on a lead – this includes the car park, picnic areas, Play Trail, around Moors Lake, on the paths below the Go Ape Course and in and around the Visitor Centre.
In all other areas dogs may be allowed off the lead however they must be under close control, in sight of their owners and on the footpath at all times and respond to a call to return.
Please be considerate to other park users, especially children, cyclists and horseriders. Please be aware that horses may be encountered on the bridleway that runs through the centre of the Forest area and around the top of Moors Lake.
Visitor Centre and Restaurant
Dogs on leads are welcome at the Information Point in the Visitor Centre. They are not permitted in the main restaurant area, however there are a few tables nearer the front doors where visitors may sit with well-behaved dogs. Alternatively, a gated dog park is located just outside the restaurant doors at the front of the Visitor Centre. Picnic tables are also provided for restaurant customers on the patio behind the Visitor Centre and dogs on leads are welcome in this area; water bowls are provided.
Play Areas and Play Trail
Well-behaved dogs are welcome along the route of the Play Trail, including the Tree Top Trail, but must be on a lead at all times. Please do not allow your dogs to climb onto the play equipment.
Dogs are not permitted in either of the Play Areas near the Visitor Centre. A dog park is provided at the entrance to the Junior Play Area.
Please come along prepared to clear up after your dog. Six green dog bins are located in the Forest area and two red dog bins are provided at the north of the Park area at Potterne; these are marked on the walking trail map leaflets. Dog poo bags are available to purchase from the Information Point.
Water bowls are provided in all dog parks and on the patio behind the Visitor Centre. There is a drinking water tap at the front of the Visitor Centre to fill water bowls.
We are aware that it is popular amongst dog walkers to allow dogs to wander (or jump!) into the river and lakes for a quick dip to cool off during a long walk. This is damaging banks and disturbing wildlife in some areas. There are two designated dog paddling areas at Crane Bridge and at the top of Crane Lake at the north of the park; please do not allow your dogs into other areas of the river, lakes or ponds. This dog paddling area is only for a quick dip and not for dogs to enter and then swim the length of the river. Thank you for your co-operation.
The ‘Through the Forest’ singletrack route is primarily a cycle trail. Although walkers with dogs are permitted to walk the route they must give way cyclists – cyclists have priority on this trail. Due to the narrow nature of the trail dogs must be under very close control at all times, and must move fully off the path to allow cyclists to pass.
Small dogs are often allowed to sit on your lap on the train however the final decision rests with the train guard on duty on the day. Please contact the railway if you have any questions.
Dogs on leads are able to walk along footpaths beneath the majority of the Go Ape Tree Top Junior and Tree Top Adventure courses. Dogs cannot be left unattended at the Go Ape cabin and cannot be taken on a Forest Segway session.
Dogs are not permitted on the Golf Course.
At certain times of the year cattle, sheep or horses are used to graze some areas of the Park and Forest. Dogs are not permitted in these areas. If you see a dog chasing livestock please report it to the Rangers.
Unfortunately, dogs are usually not permitted to join in with Ranger-led events and activities, especially those which involve any kind of wildlife. Please contact the Rangers in advance if you would like to discuss a particular event.