The Norfolk Archaeological Trust requires that all dogs are kept on leads throughout the year at all the sites which NAT owns or manages. However, there are two exceptions: Bloodgate Hillfort in South Creake and St Benet’s Abbey near Horning, where dogs (except assistance dogs) are excluded from 1st April to 1st November inclusive. 

We welcome responsible dog owners who enjoy our beautiful sites, and hitherto we have been reluctant to introduce this, although many similar organisations have adopted the same policy. Our dog policy is established to ensure that everyone has an enjoyable visit at our sites.

Keeping Dogs on Leads

Our  sites are sanctuaries for a wide range of wildlife, including wild flowers and ground-nesting birds. All of these are very sensitive to disturbance by dogs. To maintain  our  sites we are reliant on controlling  the grass through grazing by sheep and cattle (and the income from farmers contributes to our charitable funds). Unfortunately we have had reports of dogs worrying sheep, and visitors being alarmed by dogs running free.

Therefore, other than at Bloodgate Hill Fort and St Benet’s Abbey we ask you to keep your dog on a lead at all times, to protect your dog as well as visitors, livestock and wildlife.


We have dog waste bins placed around our busiest sites. Please ensure that you bag and bin (or take home with you) any dog waste – this will help to protect visitors, dogs, livestock and wildlife.

Professional Dog walking

If you use a Norfolk Archaeological Trust site for professional dog walking (i.e if you are paid to walk someone else’s dog), please get in touch. We may be able to issue you with a licence and authorise your commercial use of Norfolk Archaeological Trust land. Please contact for further information.