Here at PawPrints of Sussex we strongly believe everyone should be able to share in our beautiful South Downs and this includes responsible dog owners... 

Lots of people visit the South Downs National Park because it is a great place to walk a dog. There’s plenty for you and your dog to explore including heathlands, forests, farmland and historical sites.

The South Downs National Park Authority has published some helpful advice for dog owners visiting the park. Please take a look at the short clip below about getting the most out of your walk here in our National Park.


  1. Take the lead. Free-roaming dogs can harm and kill livestock and wildlife – or stray into dangerous territory.
  2. Scoop the poop. Dog poo contains worms and diseases that can harm wildlife, humans and the environment.
  3. Avoid the red flags. Ministry of Defence (MOD) land is free to use at certain times, but when red flags are flying, stay away!
  4. Don’t scare the birds. Ground-nesting birds love our heathlands but curious dogs can scare birds, causing them to abandon their nests and their young. Stick to the paths, especially between 1 March – 15 September.
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