Fancy some fresh air and breath-taking scenery? Take your canine on a walking weekend – we’ve selected the top ten walks to try out, from coastal footpaths to country trails across the Cotswold’s. Now all you need are some tough walking boots and your faithful furry friend…
Stay at: The Salthouse Harbour Hotel
Take a walk: You and your pooch can enjoy lovely walks along the harbour or visit nearby Christchurch Park with its woodland areas, ponds and historic house – it’s really beautiful.
Stay at: The Garrack Hotel
Take a walk: Your dog will love a walk along the coastal path to the pretty village of Zennor or a little further to Land’s End – about two hours. Or take the coastal path to the island of Porthmeor Beach – about half an hour’s walk.
Stay at: Kesgrave Hall Hotel
Stay at: B+B Weymouth
Take a walk: Take a short drive from B + B Weymouth and let your dog run along the gorgeous coastal path adjacent to Chesil Beach – it’s a three mile round trip. Stop off for a swift pint at the Elm Tree pub at the end of the walk.
Stay at: Bailiffscourt Hotel & Spa
Take a walk: Walk through the hotel grounds towards the sea. Turn left and walk along the coastal path alongside the beach passing the river, golf course and sand dunes to Littlehampton. Stop off for a coffee at the little café in the car park, then take the footbridge into Littlehampton and return along the shady coastal path, back to the hotel.
Stay at: The Ickworth
Stay at: Polurrian Bay Hotel
Take a walk: Fabulous dog walks from the hotel – take the seven mile walk to the Lizard Peninsula (walk there and take the bus back) or walk in the other direction to the Mullion cove – a small sandy pet-friendly beach open to dogs year round.
Stay at: The George & Dragon Hotel
Take a walk: If you want a walk with a view then The George & Dragon is the hotel to stay at. Surrounded by the North Yorkshire Moors, your pooch will love roaming across the countryside. Head to Heygate Bank, walk uphill then cross over the cattle grid onto Hamer Moor. After a little way you’ll reach the Rosedale Millennium Cross – then look back over Rosedale from here for some stunning views across the dale.
Stay at: Charingworth Manor
Take a walk: Situated at the gateway to the Cotswolds Hills – you and your furry friend can lose yourselves in miles and miles of footpaths through the beautiful landscape from this hotel. Don’t forget to explore the 54 acres of hotel grounds too!
Stay at: Woolley Grange Hotel
Take a walk: Woolley Grange is a lovely Jacobean house set in lovely grounds to walk your dog. Bring your wellies with you and drive along to Iford Manor, a stunning National Trust property hidden in the valley. Walk along the riverside to Freshford and then back along the other side.