6 Dog-friendly Walks in England

Dog friendly walks in the UK

One of the greatest joys of having a dog is the walks you can go on together. Exploring nature with your favourite companion by your side is such a wonderful experience. If you’re looking for some new spots to explore, why not check out these 6 beautiful dog-friendly walks in England. These locations are sure to delight humans and canines alike 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 variety of different terrains including fields, tracks and woodland. You’ll also pass freshwater lakes, a nearby river and marshland habitats. It’s a very dog-friendly walk, with plenty of dog waste bins dotted throughout the park. There is also a cycle route and it’s very popular with families, so watch out for crowds and bikes.

Roddlesworth Reservoirs (Blackburn with Darwen)

If you’re dog loves to explore wooded areas off-lead, the Roddlesworth Reservoirs are perfect. This dog-friendly circular walk is incredibly scenic, and the full route is 12.7km long. It takes in both Upper Roddlesworth and Lower Roddlesworth Reservoirs, looping around and taking you back up the hill to your starting point. There are also a couple of pubs en route!

Be aware that parts of the route might be a little challenging with some inclines. It can also get quite muddy if there has been a lot of rain recently. Be prepared to have a mucky pup on your hands if it’s wet!

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 – perfect if your dog likes to paddle!

Dogs are welcome all year round on Holkham beach. However, you do need to keep them on a lead between 1st April and 30th August in certain areas. This is to protect the ground-nesting birds here.

If you head east for approximately 2 miles, you can walk all the way to Wells-next-the-Sea. Here, you’ll find refreshments for you and your four-legged friend – the Wells Beach Café is known for being one of the most dog-friendly places on the coast. The beach is open 365 days of the year and has parking.

Dove Stone 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. This dog-friendly walking spot is a popular place for family days out. People frequently use it for sailing and orienteering too.

There are lots of footpaths to explore on the main route as well as open-access moorland. Some parts of the walk 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 dog walk, a longer route takes in two more nearby reservoirs. You’ll also see some moorland and views of the crags above.

Hubbard’s Hills (Lincolnshire Wolds)

Hubbard’s Hills is located close to Louth, in the Lincolnshire Wolds. A glacial-formed water valley, the Hills form a picturesque green space which the River Lud flows through.

The Louth Hubbard’s Hills walk 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, or the South entrance on Halfpenny Lane. Both make excellent dog-friendly walks full of stunning views.

Belhus Woods Country Park (Essex)

Set over 300 acres, this country park features ancient woodlands, open grassland, flower meadows and lakes. It’s mostly flat ground, making it nice and easy to complete. There are plenty of dog-friendly walks through the woodland and around the lake, and there’s even a dog agility training centre.

If you’re new to the area, it’s a good idea to use a map as the paths are not all well-defined. A fairly well-used country lane separates the two parts of the park, so you may want to stick to one side or the other to avoid needing to cross it.

These parks, beaches, reservoirs and woodland spots all make great dog-friendly walks for you and your furry friend. Not only will there be stunning views for you to enjoy, but your dog will have plenty of exciting smells to investigate!

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