Another Dog Friendly Walk!

by Carol Milner // October 2017

Another Dog Friendly Walk!

As you may have guessed by now, Coach Carol is a member of the National Trust, who are kind enough to allow dogs on their incredible estates.  Another favourite walk of her and her dog Sweep is the wider parkland at Stourhead in Wiltshire, just over the Dorset border.

From the car park you go through the main entrance building and down a tarmac path taking a right at the bottom, then cross the road which leads under a fabulous archway and up a driveway lined with Sweet Chestnut trees up to a grand Palladian style house.  We like to pose for pictures here and pretend it’s our house.

Cross in front of the house and then follow a long track across two fields and past a huge monolith (to your left).  Dogs are allowed off lead once you are past the front of the house but please ensure you have close control over your dog as there is often livestock in these fields. 

Once through these fields the path goes through a kissing gate and past a little gate house to the right.  The path can be muddy here as the path is quite shaded.  Once you get to the end of this stage the path curves left and goes past the end of the Six Wells Bottom and St Peter’s Pump (marking a spring of the River Stour).  You can cut down here all the way back to the gardens, or just before you get to the gardens there is a path up to the left which comes out at the monolith.

If you carry on you can go all the way to the impressive King Alfred’s Tower – well worth a look, and you can go all the way to the top of here (no dogs though I’m afraid).  Then retrace your steps to a large field and a nice forestry track leads down through woodland where you have multiple choices of where to go!  Either take your first left which comes out at the Pump in Six Wells Bottom, or carry on through the woods and you eventually get back to the garden! 

If you time your walk well, dogs are welcome on lead in the garden after 4pm from March-October, after 3pm in November and all day, every day from December-February.

It does go without saying that access to these amazing estates is a real privilege and so please make sure you pick up after your dog.

Sweep delighted (but not so much with the photo) to find a muddy puddle on the walk!

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