Walking the dog makes a great day out, keeps the kids busy during school holidays as well as keeping the whole family fit! Here are 10 great places for all the family to walk the dog. We’ve included easily accessible ‘off lead’ walks that may be useful for those holidaying in ‘Dog Friendly Britain’.
Clumber Park, Worksop, Nottinghamshire (National Trust). 3,800 acres of green space to enjoy. The man-made lake offers a 4 mile, off lead, walk around its banks. Limetree Avenue, almost three miles long, and the Pleasure Grounds offer pretty good ‘on lead’ walks too!
Westonbirt Arboretum, Westonbirt, Gloucestershire (Forestry Commission). Dogs, and owners, can explore, off the lead, the sights and smells of Silk Wood, (which covers two thirds of the Arboretum), and the whole of The Downs area. (At certain times of the year, to maintain the sward, sheep and cattle may graze The Downs, so please keep dogs on a lead near livestock).
Trellissick Garden, nr Truro, Cornwall (National Trust). Although dogs are not allowed inside the beautiful gardens at Trellissick, there is a wonderful park & woodland walk around the outside of the gardens.
New Forest, Hampshire (Forestry Commission). Although this a name that everyone recognises it should be remembered that The New Forest is only one of dozens of forests available to dog walkers across England, Scotland & Wales. A survey conducted for FCS (Forestry Commission Scotland) showed that dog walking – 50% - was the most popular activity undertaken in the forests!
Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh. Maybe not the place that everyone would immediately think of as a great dog walk, but one which many of our site users say, is exactly that!
Rhossili Bay Beach, Swansea Bay. A spectacular sandy beach which is at the tip of the Gower Peninsular: Miles of beautiful beach with year round access for dogs. It should be noted that access at Rhossili is via steps.
Thetford Forest, situated on the border of Norfolk & Suffolk (Forestry Commission). A trip to the Suffolk, Norfolk or the Broads could be broken up with a dog walking stop here.
Bamburgh Beach, Bamburgh, Northumberland. A large sandy beach, with sand dunes, make this a great place for dogs to play. (It should be noted that nearby Bamburgh Castle is not dog friendly!
Hyde Park, London. Many people may be surprised to know that their dog is as welcome in many of the Royal Parks of London as they themselves are.
Hampstead Heath, London. Just four miles from Trafalgar Square, Hampstead Heath provides almost 800 acres of varied landscape including woodland, meadow and heathland.
Where ever you decide to walk your dog please keep your dogs under control at all times - any dog who’s obedience cannot be guaranteed should be kept a lead in public spaces. Please also: respect the ‘no dogs’ & ‘dogs must be kept on a lead’ areas; pay attention to, and observe, the signs to protect wildlife; always clean up after your dog and remember, if there are no bins available, take your rubbish home!
Thanks to Dog Friendly Britain for compiling this list.