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Date updated: 3/23/2021

The Commons are a great place to go for a walk with your dog. Please remember you must be able to control your dog so as not to alarm other people, worry livestock or disturb wildlife.

If your dog is off the lead you must be able to see where it is and it should return to you on your command. If both points are true you are in control of your dog and you are a responsible owner.

Please read notices on gateways. Just because you can't see livestock it doesn't mean they're not there.

  • If you're not sure how your dog will behave around other animals (sheep, deer and other dogs) please put it on a lead.
  • Know where your dog is at all times.
  • No one wants an animal to suffer, so keep in control of your dog. If the worst happens, tell the Commons team at once, so we can deal with the situation.

With many bridleways and permissive paths, cycling and horse riding are a great way to explore the Common.

The allowed routes are shown on our visitor map. Please be courteous and consider other users when cycling or horse riding.

The Common offers multiple possible routes for walking and is a great way to keep fit and healthy. 

Paths are not always accessible and, in winter months, can be slippery, wet and muddy. Please take care and bring sensible footwear to enjoy nature in all weathers.

As a busy open space, there are rules and byelaws designed to help balance the needs of different users and keep the Commons a special place for people, wildlife and heritage. The byelaws set out what you can and should avoid doing on the Common.