Dogs on the Beacon

Whether it is ambling along our leafy lanes, rambling through the woodland, or exploring the Beacon Field, the Beacon is a great place for you and your dog to  visit and enjoy. People exercising their dogs on the Beacon are key guardians of the reserve, you have the privilege of being our first visitors in the morning and over the years have become our eyes and ears.  

This web page aims to provide all the information needed for you and your dog to enable you to make the most of our wonderful site for the benefit of you and those that follow behind.

Help keep your Beacon special -  The Beacon is a Local Nature Reserve and its associated wildlife is an important aspect of your enjoyment of the site.

Make sure your dog doesn't chase any wildlife. This can cause injury and distress to  both wildlife and your dog, especially if your dog gets lost or runs across the road. Even well behaved, friendly dogs can scare birds and other animals away from their young, the eggs or chicks can then become cold and may die.

Support the people that manage the reserve. - You and your dog can help rangers keep the Beacon an enjoyable, safe place to visit if you:

  • Clear up mess and dispose of it responsibly - it can cause infections in people and other animals and affect the soils that plants need to survive. 
  • Keep your dog on a short lead near farm animals
  • Discourage your dog from digging after moles - deep holes can become trip hazards for other dogs and owners.
  • Discourage your dog from running over hedgerows - this wears them down and can eventually lead to collapse of an area of hedge.

Where you can go

Stick to the paths that criss cross the site and use the Beacon field and picnic meadow as an area to run your dog off the lead. The community woodland is also open access but beware dogs off the lead can easily get into local residents gardens and on to roads.