In order to protect deer and other wildlife, visitors to Margam Country Park will have to keep their dogs on leads from now on while in the attraction’s historic deer park, gardens and farm trail.
Neath Port Talbot Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, Skills and Culture, Cllr Peter Rees, said of the new rule at Margam: “This would bring us in line with most of the other deer parks in the UK where dogs are not permitted to be off the lead. “Judging by the recent public reaction on our Facebook page, I think this action would receive a good deal of support.
“It has always been a park rule that dogs should be on leads in the garden and on the farm trail but I think it’s fair to say that our staff have not always enforced this rule consistently but we will be asking them to do so from now on.”
Visitors to Margam Country Park with dogs will still be able to let their dogs off the lead for exercise and play on the main lawns as far down as the farm trail, the area behind the castle and at enclosed area of East Lodge (Star Field).
Signs are being placed at all entrances to Margam Country Park advising visitors with dogs at which points they should keep their dogs on leads.
If you do witness any incidents of dogs worrying deer or livestock within the park, we would be really grateful if you’d report it to a member of staff at the earliest opportunity.
Whether you are visiting from afar or popping in for your regular daily dog walk we are always happy to welcome you.
Where can we go with our dogs? Almost everywhere- however not in the Main Castle, Children's Play areas , the Gift Shop or Charlotte's Pantry (guide dogs are the exception).
We ask you to keep dogs on leads in the historic deer park, gardens and farm trail. Off lead areas, but still under close control, are on the Castle lawns as far as the farm trail, behind the castle, East Lodge car park area and East Lodge Star Field area.
You can explore:
• Deer Park - Leads here please. Our parkland is a dog walking heaven. Please be mindful however that our deer roam in the Parkland so dogs must be under CLOSE control and on a LEAD at all times.
• Formal gardens - With your dog on its lead, wander through the formal gardens, lots of benches to rest and enjoy the sun.
• Charlotte's Pantry Courtyard - We have lots of benches in the castle visitor centre courtyard, you can sit and enjoy a snack close to the Cafe.
We love dogs but not all our visitors do so please help us stay dog friendly by following our guidelines-
• Pick up after your pooch - We supply dog poop bags at the entrance cabin should you forget to bring yours. You can put the bags IN ANY OF THE PARK BINS. Please DON'T leave bags in our hedges and under bushes.
• Keep your dogs with you at all times - dogs should never be left unattended when you visit the Park.
Dog Wash - The first of its kind in Wales! - OPEN
The Park now boasts a self-service Dog Wash area, conveniently located near the toilets by the Car Park Entrance Cabin.
This easy to use facility is ideal for washing your muddy pooches or simply giving your pampered pet a weekly treat. The machine features warm water, natural products and two speed dryer … leaving your car and home clean and you ready to relax after your “walkies”!
It's fun and easy to use at a low cost!
Review from Debbie one of the first to try the Dog Wash out with her dog Teddy 'It was great. I've often wished you had something like this. It was very easy to use, I think I might have been the first to use it . Reasonable too. The water is warm too which is excellent. So comfortable for the dogs and the hands, one more really good point is that you don't need "money" as you pay for it using a card, so there's no fumbling around looking for change.'