Where to walk your dog?
There are a few places nearby that are popular for dog walking.
- The common at the end of Howsmoor Lane (by the Kennels)
- The field near the Science Park alongside the Bridle Path
- Around the lakes on Jenner Boulevard.
- Pomphrey Hill, Mangotsfield has been recommended as a good place to let dogs off leads for a good run around. You can get there by walking up the Cycle Path from Lyde Green or there is a car park if you’d prefer.
Cleaning Up After Dogs (Advice from South Glos Council)
If you walk a dog, even one belonging to someone else, you are responsible for clearing up after it.
Under the Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act of 1996, anybody who lets their dog foul land open to public access and does not clear up afterwards can be given a fixed penalty notice. If you get such a notice, you have to pay a £50 fine within 14 days. Otherwise, you could be prosecuted and might be fined up to £1,000.
It can also be an offence under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 to allow large amounts of dog faeces to build up in your garden.
Dog faeces can cause problems to users of parks and sports grounds and nobody likes it left outside their front gate. It can also carry diseases including Toxocariasis, which can lead to serious illness, including blindness. This can be a particular risk for children.
Dog Waste Bins
In recent years national guidance on the disposal of dog waste has changed and it is no longer necessary to separate dog waste from other types of household waste. For this reason, dedicated dog waste bins are no longer required and waste can be disposed of in any available litter bin or your black household bin.
Some parish areas in South Gloucestershire have opted to continue providing dog waste bins, but others have removed some or all dog bins and ask responsible dog owners to use dual use bins, formally litter bins.
Please remember that the absence of a dog waste bin or litter bin is not an excuse to leave your dog’s waste behind. Please take your dog waste home.
Disposing of your dog's waste
As a rule, it is always better to dispose of your dog’s waste at home:
In your domestic waste bin (black bin). Make sure you double wrap the waste to prevent smells. Biodegradable dog waste bags are available from some retailers and provide a more environmentally friendly alternative to plastic bags
You might also want to consider a dog waste decomposer, or similar ‘dog toilet’ which can be bought from some pet supplies retailers and set up in your garden
Dog waste can also be disposed of using a litter bin or dog waste bin while you are out, but if you cannot find one you must take your waste home.
You should never leave dog waste bags on the ground or hanging on a fence or trees – as well as being unpleasant for other people, this is littering and you could incur a fine.
To reduce the need to pick up dog waste during walks, you could try training your dog to go at home and walking him before meals so that there is less to pick up.