Dog friendly walks in the UK

Dog friendly walks in the UK

January is officially Walk Your Dog Month, and to celebrate we’re sharing some of our favourite dog friendly walks in the UK.  These locations are sure to dust off post-Christmas blues and inspire you to get out and about with your dog.

Haysden Country Park (Kent)

Located to the west of Tonbridge, this scenic spot includes a lot of different terrain such as fields, tracks and woodland. The walk is a lakeside one and also takes in the nearby river. It’s very dog friendly, which is one reason why it’s usually very popular with dog walkers. It’s also a big hit with families so you’ll need to be prepared for crowds.

Roddlesworth Resevoirs (Blackburn and Darwen)

This is a great dog walking spot, with opportunities for your dog to go off lead in the wooded areas. The full walk takes in both Upper Roddlesworth and Lower Roddlesworth Reservoirs. It comes back around in a loop to take you back up the hill to your original starting point.

The full route is several miles and is incredibly scenic. Be aware that parts of the route can get quite muddy and challenging if there has been a good amount of rain recently, so be prepared to have a mucky pup on your hands in this scenario!

 

Holkham Beach (Norfolk)

This is one of Norfolk’s most unspoilt beaches with miles of pristine golden sands. At low tide, the sea pulls back and reveals untouched sands with shallow pools, so its perfect if your dog likes to paddle. You can walk as far as you like but  if you head east you can walk all the way to Wells-next-to Sea which is approximately 2 miles. Here, you’ll find refreshments for you and your four legged friend. The beach is open 365 days of the year and has parking.

Dovestone Reservoir (Oldham)

Stunning scenery is the main attraction here, as you might expect from an area that is part of the Peak District National Park. It’s a popular place for family days out and is frequently used for sailing, orienteering and of course, walking. There are lots of footpaths to explore on the main walk. Some parts of the route are hilly but others are flatter. At Chew Brook, there is a stream that is perfect for doggy paddling, though it’s generally an all “on lead” walk. If you feel like trying out a more adventurous walk, a longer route takes in two more nearby reservoirs and some moorland.

Hubbard’s Hills (Lincolnshire Wolds)

Hubbard’s Hills is located close to Louth, in the Lincolnshire Wolds. The Hills form a picturesque valley which the River Ludd flows through. This route is approximately 1.2 miles and follows the line of the river along the valley floor. The steep valley sides are covered with trees and the river hosts a selection of wildlife. You can start the route at either the North entrance, on Crowtree Lane, Louth; or the South entrance, on Halfpenny Lane, Hallington.

 

Belhus Woods Country Park (Essex)

There are ancient woodlands, open grassland and lakes here and it’s mostly flat ground. For the most part, the trails are not that substantial or well marked so it’s a good idea to get a map before you set off if you’re new to the area. The two parts of the park are separated by a fairly well used country lane so you may want to stick to one side or the other to avoid needing to cross it.

Do you have a favourite countryside walk in your area? Share your finds with other dog owners in the comments below!

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