Dogs on Fairfield

Bag it and Bin it!

There are nine bins for dog waste dotted around the site, and these are emptied by our contractor twice a week. The contract does not include picking up "stray" poo from the paths - we rely on responsible owners to bag and bin it themselves.

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Thank you for taking the time to place your own dog's poo in these bins, and thus helping to keep the paths clear for all visitors.


Dogs must be ON LEADS at all times EXCEPT on the designated paths.

Clean up after your dog – bins are provided

You are very welcome to walk with your dog on the Down.  For the enjoyment of everyone who visits Magog Down and because this lovely place is widely used for recreation and is an area of conservation your dog must be walked on a lead at all times except in some designated areas. Please note that the whole of the North Down is for on-lead only AT ALL TIMES, and for ALL dogs.  This is part of the rules under which access to this privately owned site is permitted: please abide by these rules, and ensure that others using the site do so too.

Fair Field is an area fenced off from the North Down which has been specifically made available for exercising dogs off lead: it is between the Car Park and Colin's Wood. A number of dog owners meet there regularly and many friendships have been formed. We would anticipate that everyone who uses it will also become a Friend of Magog Down and help make a dog walking experience a joy for dogs, owners and all visitors to the site. Click to download the application form.

If you would like to help spread the word about being a responsible dog walker on Magog Down by becoming a volunteer Dog Warden, please contact us.

The area put aside for off-lead dog walking is clearly marked and in the main follows the perimeter of the site. There is no guarantee that this area is kept secure at all times for dogs of all sizes. In particular the path bordering the adjacent arable land at the bottom of the site [between Villedomer Wood and Vestey Wood] is not fenced. Also, the Fair Field area flows into the adjacent woods and the perimeter walk without fence or gate between them.

Dog owners ARE responsible for their dogs at all times.
As a general rule, even in "off-lead" areas, keep your dog on a lead if you cannot rely on its obedience.

Our policy towards owners walking dogs on Magog Down is to consistently follow the advice contained in the Countryside Code which advises dog owners as well as other visitors to the Countryside. Dogs must be kept under effective control, and this means that as an owner you:

  • keep your dog on a lead, or
  • keep it in sight at all times, be aware of what it's doing, and be confident that it will return to you promptly on command
  • ensure it does not stray off the path or area where you have right of access.

Special dog rules apply on Magog Down, where we ask you to observe and obey the local signs. The North Down for instance, is ALWAYS an on-lead area. If you observe other dog walkers releasing their dogs off-lead here, we urge you not to follow suit, but set a good example by obeying the signage yourself. Note also that Colin's Paddock is ALWAYS NO DOGS; we will always support any visitors who challenge anyone they see not observing these rules.

Dog waste

Bins for dog waste are provided and do remember it is an offence not to clear up after your dog. The bins are emptied, twice weekly, by Whoopsy Daisy on a contract to Magog Down. The position of these bins is marked on the map on the Main Noticeboard.

Map of the Down

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User Survey Summary

In July 2014 we surveyed visitors one weekday morning between 8am and 10.30am. During this period:

  • 42 visitors (cars) were logged
  • 38 of these were dog walkers
  • all but 2 were regular visitors
  • only 12 of the dog walkers were Members or Friends.

We would like all regular visitors to Magog Down to help contribute to the costs of upkeep by either becoming a Friend or, if they prefer, just making a donation. This form allows you to do either. Thank you.