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Bringing your dog to the Norfolk Broads: The best dog friendly walking routes & historical sites

Bringing Your Dog to the Broads

The Broads National Park offers an excellent playground for you and your furry friends. With numerous riverside paths, marshes, woodlands, and waterways, the area is incredibly dog-friendly. Many visitor attractions, pubs, and eateries are welcoming to dogs.

Walking Routes

There are over 190 miles (300 km) of footpaths to explore, including circular walks from various villages and moorings. Long-distance routes such as the Wherryman's Way, Angles Way, and Weavers’ Way traverse the area. Additionally, the Norfolk Coast Path, covering areas like Horsey and Winterton, and the Three Rivers Way between Hoveton and Horning, are ideal for dog walks.

Historical Sites

Two notable historical sites in the Broads welcome dogs:

Burgh Castle: Overlooking Breydon Water, this third-century Roman fort offers a scenic walk and stunning views. Keep dogs on a lead along the boardwalk to protect nesting birds.

St Benet’s Abbey: Located on the River Bure, near the rivers Ant and Thurne, this site offers beautiful walks from Ludham village and Ludham Bridge.

Important Guidelines

To ensure the Broads are enjoyable for everyone:

  • Dogs are permitted on footpaths, bridleways, and byways if under effective control.

  • On open access land, dogs must be on a short lead from 1 March to 31 July to protect nesting birds and always near farm animals.

  • Dogs must be kept under close control on land adjacent to the England Coast Path.

  • Permissive paths may not allow dogs, and many nature reserves prohibit them.

  • Always clean up after your dog and check dog access with the places you plan to visit.

  • Keep dogs close, under control, and within sight. Use leads if necessary.

  • Do not allow dogs to disturb people, wildlife, or livestock.

  • Never enter the water to rescue a pet, as it poses a significant risk to your safety.

  • For more information, visit The Barking Bugle and read The Countryside Code. For further assistance, contact the local authority or the Kennel Club at 01296 318540 or visit

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