Wonderful Places to Go Walking With Your Dog

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Fancy walking your dog somewhere other than the local park for a change?

There are lots of beautiful places to walk your dog in the UK, some of which you may not be aware of.

Whether you are a seasoned local or just looking for some scenic good walking spots on your next UK break, we have rounded up some of the most picturesque walks.

Yorkshire 

  • Middleham Gallops is a dog-friendly walk on the Yorkshire Moors. It is not overly challenging and has off-lead opportunities. The route starts in Market Square in Middleham and returns there.
  • The Hawes and Sedbusk route takes in a medium difficulty walk with a climb and some narrow stiles that may require you to carry larger dogs over due to restricted space. Dogs should be kept on-lead on this walk.
  • Upper Wharfdale and Marsden Moor are both National Trust areas
  • Kisdon and Great Shunner Fell are recommended by The Good Dog Guide

Kent

  • Shorne Woods Country Park is a popular walk but can be less crowded further in. Don’t worry about getting lost – it is well signposted!
  • Hever is a lovely walk that takes in the village of Hever and the castle grounds. The route moves from woodlands on the edge of the village to fields and woods further afield.

Isle of Wight

  • The Needles and Tennyson Down are both National Trust areas.

Cheshire

  • Lyme Park, Saltline, Marple and Alderley Edge are scenic dog walking spots.

Somerset

  • There are several National Trust areas, including Leigh Woods, Bath Skyline, Mendip Hills and the Holnicote Estate.

Lincolnshire

  • Cleethorpes and Horncastle are two popular Lincolnshire dog walking spots.

Derbyshire 

  • Solomons Temple is located just outside Buxton and offers a woodland and hills route.
  • Around Ashbourne, Dovedale is a National Trust area.
  • In the Whaley Bridge area, Fernilee Reservoir and Toddbrook Reservoir are popular spots.
  • The Sett Valley Trail takes in a route from New Mills to Hayfield.

Cornwall

  • The route from Fowey Estuary to Pencarrow Head is a National Trust area
  • Lerryn to Golant is an easy riverside route.

Sussex

  • The route taking in Ilex and Goring Hall includes fields, woods and a beach and is more or less flat.
  • Mile Oak Farm and Southwick Hall is a popular option.
  • The Highdown Hill area is an easy route.

Devon

  • There are plenty of National Trust areas in Devon including Dort Estuary to Brixham, Watersmeet, Wenbury Bay to Aymer Cove, Salcombe (from Thurlestone to Torcross) and the East Devon Jurassic Coast.

London 

  • Battersea Park, Wandsworth Common and Tooting Common are perfect dog walking spots without leaving the city.

Cumbria

  • Great scenic spots include the National Trust areas of Grasmere, the Lowther Estate (which is ideal for dog swimming opportunities), Great Langsdale, Sandscale Haws, Borrowdale, Windmere and Ambleside, Ullswater and Coniston and Tarn Haws.
  • Loweswater is an easy lakeside route
  • Hevellyn is a more challenging option

Cambridgeshire

  • There are organised dog walking meets in Ramsey and St Neots
  • Milton Country Park and Hinchingbrooke Park are options for walks under your own steam

Surrey

  • There are National Trust areas in Reigate Fort, Leith Hall and Hinhead Commons
  • Virginia Water is a lakeside route

Staffordshire

  • Down Banks is a National Trust area, as are Kinver Edge and the Rock House
  • Consall Hall Landscape Gardens is a scenic dog walking spot

Northumberland

  • Embleton and Newton Links are both National Trust areas
  • Farne Islands is a popular scenic dog walking spot

Wales

  • The Brecon Beacons, St Davids Peninsula, Stackpole, the Solva Coast and the route from Abereiddi to Abermawr are all National Trust areas.

Where do you like to go walking with your dog? Can you recommend any other picturesque spots that we haven’t mentioned? Let us know in the comments section below!

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    An ideal walk in Cumbria is opposite Bowness, from the ferry at Near Sawry to Wray Castle (5 miles) alongside Lake Windermere. Park in Nat. Trust. car park.