The Newark and Sherwood area is perfect for visitors travelling with their dogs. Not only is there an abundance of beautiful places to walk, there is also a wide range of dog-friendly accommodation from which to choose.

We’ll start with the walksTwo dogs on leads

It was quite hard to narrow this down, as there are so many lovely areas for walking in our region. However, as the Visit Newark & Sherwood team consists of many dog lovers, we decided to select the ones they enjoy the most. So, be warned, this list is highly subjective and includes ‘insider comments’ from our own team, as well as images of their lovely dogs!

Besthorpe and other nature reserves

Besthorpe Nature Reserve gets the thumbs up from the team as a good place for dog walking. Other nature reserves in our region include:

  • Beacon Hill Conservation Park
  • Duke’s Wood (the location of the UK’s first onshore oilfield)
  • Eaton and Gamston Woods
  • Farndon Willow Holt (there is a car park and a pub and restaurant in the village)
  • Kirton Wood
  • Mansey Common
  • North Muskham Lake
  • Spalford Warren

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust welcomes responsible dog owners to its nature reserves, but asks that dogs are kept under close control at all times, and preferably on a lead. The Trust offers the following advice:

Visitors are asked to ensure that dogs are always on a lead when livestock is present and that pets do not disturb the wildlife that our sites were established to protect.There may be areas where for conservation or other legitimate management purposes dogs are not permitted, either permanently or temporarily, and in these cases we ask visitors to comply with on-site signage. We also ask that owners clear up after their dogs and, as most of our sites do not have dog bins, that they take the waste away with them.

Visit the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust for more details and maps.

Clumber Park

Insider comment: “Clumber Park Cafe has a seating area for those with dogs and there are lovely walks around lake.” The park, which is run by the National Trust, says it welcomes dogs but due to the many cattle, deer and other wildlife requests that dogs are on lead at all times. There is a café and an inside space especially for dogs and their owners (including dog blankets, beds and water!). Find out more here.

Newark Town parks

In Newark, there are two parks in particular we would recommend due to the ability to also take in some of the town’s many historic sites. They are Sconce and Devon Park, where the historic Queen’s Sconce is located, and Riverside Park, just beside the beautiful Newark Castle. There is information on Newark’s parks here.

Rufford Abbey Country Park

This is a conservation area and dogs need to be kept on leads. Rufford gets a team recommendation: “They’ve got woodland, great open grassy stretches and a lovely path round the lake.” Visit the Rufford website for more information.

Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre

There are many walks in Sherwood Forest for humans and their dogs. Insider comment: “Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre has lovely wooded paths and it’s nice to take a walk to the Major Oak.” The Sherwood Forest Trust has information on its website about waking in the area.

Stapleford Woods

Located near Coddington, Stapleford Woods gets the insider vote from our team. It has an easy access, surfaced trail. More information is available from the Forestry Commission.

Thoresby Park

Responsible dog owners and their dogs are welcome at the beautiful Thoresby Park; dogs need to be kept on leads where signposted. Discover more on the Thoresby website.

Vicar Water Country Park

Located just to the south of Clipstone village, this is a very dog friendly park. There is a 6km dog walking route that has been devised by Newark and Sherwood District Council in partnership with the Dogs Trust. A map of the route can be found at Vicar Water Country Park’s visitor centre.


And now, let’s talk about accommodationDog standing on a walking path

Dog friendly accommodation in Newark and Sherwood includes self-catering, guest houses and hotels. Following is a variety of dog friendly options to meet most tastes.

Brecks Cottage 

Bed & Breakfast

There is page on Brecks Cottage’s website dedicated to doggy visitors (under the About Us heading).

Tel: 01636 822445

Dunstall Barns self catering accommodation


One small dog is allowed.

Tel: 07974 680 888

Bridleways Holiday Homes and Guest House

Self-catering cottage and carvans

Dogs are allowed in the self-catering Ploughman’s Cottage and in two of the self-catering static caravans (not in the guest house).

Tel: 01623 635725

Glebe House Muston

Bed & Breakfast

Dogs allowed; there is a, charge of £5 per dog, per night.

Tel: 01949842993

Maypole Inn


There are 7 outside rooms at this hotel where guests and their pets are welcome. Dogs aren’t allowed in the restaurant, but they are allowed in the bar (if well behaved).

Tel: 0333 123 1776

Priory House


Priory House has an adjoining self-catering cottage where pets are welcome. It is called The Oriental Brewhouse and it is a Grade 11 listed Elizabethan Lincolnshire Longhouse.

Tel: 01400 282070

Redroofs Barn and Shepherds Hut


Dogs are warmly welcomed to stay at Redroofs free of charge. There is a page on the website about bringing pets.

Tel: 01777 871477

Sherwood HideawayDog standing in water

Self-catering lodges

The Sherwood Hideaway has pet friendly lodges, which are the same standard as other lodges. Dogs receive their own welcome pack.

Tel: 01623 824594

Smeatons Lakes

Touring, caravan and fishing park

Dogs are allowed to stay at this site, which caters for caravans, motorhomes, tourers and campers. The wooded site, set in 90 acres of lakes and parkland, includes a dog walk.

Tel: 01636 605 088

The Coach House

Bed & Breakfast/self-catering

Located in the conservation village of Collingham, The Coach House welcomes well behaved dogs by prior arrangement.

Tel: 01636 892 203

The Lord Nelson, Sutton on Trent

Pub/Bed & Breakfast

There is dog friendly accommodation available at this 200-year-old pub, and dogs are also welcome in the bar.

Tel: 01636 821 885

The Reindeer Inn

Pub/Bed & Breakfast

Dogs are welcome to stay and can access all parts of the property, including the pub and beer garden.

Tel: 01636 813257

….and one last cute dog pic, just to remind you that that Newark & Sherwood area has some great places to take your dogs for a Christmas break!

Dog lying down with tinsel around its collar


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