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Dog walking in Blenheim Palace Grounds

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Woodstock OX20 1PP, United Kingdom

This is a very pleasant place for dog walking. You are requested to keep dogs on leads, but there are some large open fields near the car park area where I let my dog have a good run before we went on the more formal walks. There are 2 walks that dogs are welcomed to follow :
The first is a route around Queens lake, which took us around 45 minutes. Part way round there is a little stream tributary where a couple of labs were having a cooling dip. The scenery was magnificent and you could extend the walk by climbing up to see an obelisk or circling round the Great lake and joining the second route for a while. All the paths were good and wide and well formed so it was easy to keep clean and there were a few benches to stop and rest, or you could just sit on the grass.
The second route circles the whole of the grounds, taking in the Great lake, woodlands and the Pleasure Gardens.
There are a couple of areas where dogs aren’t allowed – the formal gardens and the Arboritum, but with so much space to wander this is not a problem.
Car parking for the grounds is £14.80 but you can upgrade your ticket for a year by going on line or visiting the annual pass office on site.
There are picnic tables by the palace itself, most of which were in shade, so you can sit here with the dog if you have a friend with you who wants to go to the shop or needs the loo.
None of the car park was in shade, so if you go on a sunny day be prepared for the car to be hot when you get back.

Distance
1 to 4 mile walk
Location
Woodstock, Oxfordshire
Pushchair/ Wheelchair Accessible
Yes
Lead Restrictions
Yes
Parking
Paid
Severity
Gentle
Refreshments Available
Yes
W/C Available
Yes
Sheep/Cattle
No
Entry Fee
£14.80 (at May 2016)
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