DOGS POLICY AT BAYSTONE BANK FARM CAMPSITE
We love dogs, and want you to feel comfortable bringing your much loved family dog om holiday here. However, this farm is our home and livelihood. If you want to bring your dog with you then you need to read this policy. In booking, you are deemed to agree to all conditions:
Owners with well behaved dogs are welcome on the campsite but your best friend must be booked in and paid for prior to your visit.
Dogs must be kept on a lead and under full control and not be allowed to wander around the campsite, carpark, fields, lanes or any area on the farm. In booking your dog onto the site you agree to take full responsibility for your dog which must be insured for injury and public liability as a minimum whilst on our site.
There is nowhere for you to exercise your dog off the lead on the farm itself. Please bear this in mind when deciding whether you should come camping with your dog.
Many of the surrounding fields are managed for ground-nesting birds or being cut for haylage or grazed by livestock,therefore our farm management and the welfare of our animals demands this (see our Campsite Rules re.the spread of infectious diseases from dog poop)
DOG FAECES: Please bring ‘poo-bags’ to clean up any mess, including in the hedgerows as children like to explore there. Poo bags can be placed in all ‘general rubbish’ bins. Please do not hang bags in the hedgerows or leave them lying around. Just UGH!!
BEHAVIOUR: Many children, and some adults, are afraid of dogs for whatever reason, even your friendly pet. If under control they are no threat.
SAFETY OF YOUR PET: The farm is also home to Cumbrian Heavy Horses, the only BHS Approved Heavy Horse Riding Centre in the world, which also breeds these beautiful and rare horses. The horses are used to dogs but if your dog is off the lead and the horse is being chased (to the horse it is being attacked) they will kick out in self defence. One well aimed kick or stamp from a Shire, Clydesdale or Suffolk Punch horse could be fatal for your dog. Equally our horses are our close friends, we do not want them panicked and hurt, bitten or killed. We would not hesitate to prosecute to recover losses.
LIVESTOCK- SHEEP: You are staying on a Working Cumbrian Fell Farm Campsite. Historically, and still now, the only ‘crop’ on small Fell Farms such as this is sheep/cattle. It is therefore of vital importance re your dog being on a lead and under full control at all times. If seen chasing sheep (which includes ours, our neighbours or ANYWHERE in the UK countryside tbh) there is a real risk of your beloved family pet being shot. To your pet it’s a game, to the sheep he’s a wolf and the sheep will stress and panic, potentially die, get trapped, drown, abort, become separated from her lamb (which will then die) or get mauled to death. Our sheep are not toys they are live animals, ‘worrying sheep’ is a crime, and is NOT OK.
SO WHERE CAN I WALK MY DOG OFF THE LEAD? We suggest you head to the beach, we are a ten minute drive from miles of Cumbrian beaches. Beautiful! Your dog can run like the wind once away from the immediate environs of the car park at local beaches such as Silecroft, Haverigg or Eskmeals. Enjoy!
DOGS / BELL TENTS: Please note we don’t allow dogs in the Bell Tents (except disability dogs).
‘PUP’ TENTS / CARS: You cannot leave your dog in your tent, car, or a ‘pup’ tent at any time.
ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR: We reserve the right to ask you to leave if your dog displays anti-social behaviour. Campsite fees will not be refunded. Noise should be kept to a minimum: If your dog is likely to bark when someone walks past your tent, please book a pitch well away from the main campsite ie higher ‘traffic’ areas. If the barking is upsetting other campers we might have to ask you to leave.
DANGEROUS DOGS: Whilst we are aware that the way a dog is raised, handled and trained has a considerable impact on whether a dog is dangerous, we are mindful of the number of children on site.
After much discussion and research, and wishing to keep the site safe for everyone, we have taken the decision not to allow any of the following breeds of dogs:
The Dangerous dogs Act of 1991 specified some breeds to be of potential danger to the public.
Pit Bull Terrier
American Pit Bull Terrier
English Bull Terrier
Staffordshire Bull Terrier
and every dog of the type commonly known as a Ban Dog (or Bandog)
every other strain or cross of every breed or type of dog listed above.
Please do not ask us to make exceptions for your dog.
If you own one of the following dogs and it is a pet, very well trained and therefore you are in complete control and you take full responsibility for your dog here, hold full liability insurance and accept all the terms above then book with confidence. As per policy if your dog barks excessively and/or displays anti social behaviour we will ask you to leave with no refunds being issued: German Shepherd (Alsatian): Doberman: Pinscher Rottweiler
We do not want to put you off bringing your dogs to Baystone Bank Farm, rather we want you to feel comfortable to do so, being fully aware of our rules and policies, and under no misunderstandings, both knowing and happy to adhere to the rules.
Please refer to both the Countryside Code and the Dog Walking Code:
(on the website link here please to both)
(on paper a photo and a written link to each)
PLEASE NOTE: Our farm dogs Jazz and Baggins live here and have always ambled about. If they visit you, they are very friendly (Baggins in particular), however if they become a nuisance (e.g. your BBQ/meal times) or pestering your dogs please tell us.we can try and keep them away. DO NOT feed them tell them to‘go home ’in a stern voice! They are far from starved and have got begging off to a fine art! Please see Campsite rules re behaviour around dogs .