The New Year has rung in and what better way to kick start your resolutions, than to go on an adventure with your canine pal! We’ve compiled some stunning, dog friendly walks across the UK – so what are you waiting for? Grab your walking boots, poo bags and your dog’s lead and off you go!
Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh
Set in the heart of Edinburgh, Arthur’s Seat is an iconic landmark standing at 251m tall. Reach the peak and you are rewarded with breath taking views of this historic city. A fun challenge for you and your dog, climbing up this steep extinct volcano.
Top tip: wear sturdy or hiking shoes!
Thetford Forest, Norfolk
Located in East Anglia, Thetford Forest is a superb dog friendly, family day out. With a variety of short and medium length walks and terrains of woodland to heathland, there’s something for all dogs – big or small! At the High Lodge hub at the entrance to the forest, there are places to eat and drink (or bring a picnic!). There are also fresh water stations for your dog to keep hydrated.
The Peak District National Park
Ranging across Derbyshire, Yorkshire, Staffordshire and Cheshire, the Peak District National Park has a huge amount of walks available to dogs and their owners. There are plenty of dog friendly attractions, accommodation and places to eat dotted around the Peak District for a stop off and rest. Plus, if you fancy being closer to nature, there are many camping and glamping sites which are also dog friendly.
National Trust Brockhampton Estate
On the outskirts of Worcester sits the beautiful Brockhampton Estate. Consisting of 1,700 acres of woods and parkland, it is a fantastic place to take your dog out for the day. Water bowls are provided at the two cafes on the estate. It is advised that dogs should be kept on a lead when walking around the parkland.
The New Forest National Park
With over 140 miles of footpaths and tracks, the New Forest is a great dog walk for those wanting to get out and explore. Bordered by Southampton, Portsmouth, Bournemouth and the Isle of Wight, there is a range of terrain you can choose from including coastal, woods and open heathland.
Top tip: See if you can catch a glimpse of a New Forest Pony whilst out and about!
National Trust Leigh Woods, Bristol
Set against Brunel’s famous suspension bridge, Leigh Woods (on the outskirts of Bristol) is a great escape for dogs and their owners from the busyness of the city. There are designated pathways marked up from which you can explore the woods, glades and a gorge!
Remember to be tick aware
In many areas of open countryside, especially woodland, there is a risk of your dog picking up a tick. We’d recommend that you check your dog over for ticks after walking in any area of countryside.