Walking with dogs

The Brecon Beacons National Park is an exhilarating environment to explore with your dog – but please make sure your dog is not a danger or nuisance to farm animals, wildlife or other people.

Stay in control

By law, you must keep your dog under effective control so your dog does not disturb or scare farm animals or wildlife. You must keep your dog on a short lead on most areas of open country and commonland between 1 March and 31 July, and at all times near farm animals. You don't have to put your dog on a lead on public paths as long as it is under effective control. But as a general rule, it's considerate to keep your dog on a lead if you cannot rely on its obedience. Remember, farmers are entitled to destroy a dog that injures or worries their animals. You don’t want to spoil someone else’s walk by your dog upsetting them or their children, not everyone is as comfortable or confident around dogs as you are.

Be aware of other animals

Move carefully and quietly around cattle, never pass between a cow and her calf. Be particularly wary of situations where you may unintentionally be 'herding' cattle into a confined space where their only means of escape is back past you. If a farm animal chases you and your dog, it is safer to let your dog off the lead – don’t risk getting hurt by trying to protect it. Take care that your dog doesn’t scare sheep and lambs or wander where it might disturb birds that nest on the ground and other wildlife – eggs and young will soon die without protection from their parents.

Tidy up

Dog mess can cause illness and infections – to both humans and other animals. Please clean up after your dog and get rid of the mess responsibly – this means taking it with you and then disposing of it safely. Be sure to leave all gates as you found them.

Follow the rules

At certain times dogs may not be allowed on some areas of open land or may need to be kept on a lead, so keep an eye out for any signs. You can also find out more about these rules from Natural Resources Wales.