Walkies: one of your dog’s favourite times of the day; and come rain or shine, it’s ours too. As much as we love our usual dog walking routine, around the fields, up to the park or around the neighbourhood, it’s always good to discover new places. We’re packing up our bags and exploring some of our favourite dog-friendly walks in the UK, and don’t worry if you’re not close by, we’ve got a selection of wonderful dog-friendly places to stay nearby.
Cawsands to Whitsands Bay, Cornwall
source: Visit Cornwall
This 5.2 mile walk is perfect for those visiting Cornwall on a staycation. It’s a delightful walk that is sure to give your dog plenty of exercise, with lots of dog-friendly beaches and pubs to pass along the way. From Cawsand to Rame Head, the walk is fairly easy and level, however, there are some steep descents between Rame Head and Whitsands Bay.
This lovely walk takes in both sides of the Rame peninsular with picturesque views, and you may even spot migrant birds during spring and autumn, including gannets, divers, harriers, skuas and possibly even honey buzzards.
Caerphilly Mountain, Wales
For those that want to venture out and stretch their legs, then the circular route up to the summit of Caerphilly Mountain and a walk across the common might be the perfect walk with your dog. It’s a convenient but short walk with the 271-metre summit offering spectacular views across the town and Caerphilly castle.
There’s lots of off lead and on lead areas, and you’ll meet lots of other dog owners here too! There are a few different paths to choose from, and there is also a snack bar next to the car park on arrival, which is dog-friendly. Dogs love a change in scenery just like us, and maybe this is the perfect time to book a visit to the beautiful South Wales.
Ashdown Forest, East Sussex
We can’t talk about our favourite dog-friendly walks without mentioning the famous Hundred Acre Woods from Winnie-the-Pooh. A. A. Milnes lived just north of Ashwood Forest, which he based the fictional land on. There are actually five hundred acres of woodland to explore, making this the perfect place to take the dogs for a long walk. It’s also great for kids and families, exploring the land as Christopher Robin would have.
Dogs are very much welcome at Ashwood Forest, but they do ask you to respect the livestock and birds that are around. There are lots of lovely dog-welcoming hotels and cottages in East Sussex; just pick one, pack your suitcase and your handy dog walking bag, which has plenty of space for poo bags, treats, a ball and a collapsible water bowl!
Windermere, Cumbria, Lake District
The largest natural lake in the Lake District National Park and England, Windermere is a long thin lake at 10.5 miles long and one mile wide. There are plenty of trails and walks in the Lake District, with lots of places for dogs to paddle!
The lakeshore path from Wray Castle to Claife Viewing Station offers stunning views across the lake, and you can pop into the dog-friendly café in the Courtyard, with lots of tasty dog treats on the menu as well as a refreshing water bowl.
Complete your trip with a lovely stay in an unforgettable dog-friendly cottage or hotel in the Lake District!
Tyninghame Beach, Lthian, Scotland
Wagging tails at the ready for this dog-friendly beach! Perfect for dogs that love the beach and love the woodland walks too. There’s a variety of walking routes you can take via woodlands to reach the long sandy beach. It is a fair walk to the beach, as the nearest parking is a little while away, but the scenic route is worth it, and out of season, it’s often deserted, leaving you plenty of space to roam or throw your dog’s favourite ball or frisbee around.
Are you looking for a dog-friendly weekend away in Scotland? There are plenty of hotels and cottages to choose from; each one is totally dog-welcoming with our ‘paw of approval’.
Before you head off on your doggie getaway, be sure check out our list of essential things to take with you when travelling with your dog, from their cosy pet bed and favourite toy to a spare lead, coat and dog bowl!