What makes the great outdoors even greater? Your dog. Take your pup to these dog-friendly spots and they’ll love you forever…though they probably already do.
They’ll love you even more!
1. Tarn Hows (North West)
If you’re heading up North then stop by Lake District. It’s hard for dogs to look anything but majestic in front of scenery like this:
And besides this park being one of England’s natural beauties, it’s a place where dogs can really let their fur down and just go cray-cray.
But if you happen to run in to a few of the locals, just be warned…they’re a little weird.via Instagram
2. Warton Crag (North West)
Sure, it’s not the most elegant sounding place but don’t judge a book by its’ slightly odd sounding name. This place is all about the views:
As you’re exploring the countryside you’ll certainly meet some pups (and probably their hoomans) along the way. You’ll also meet a stupid amount of cows. If your lil’ angel and cows are sworn enemies, it might be best to give this trail a wide berth…or risk a kick from Bertha.
3. South Downs Way (South East)
This beast of a walk stretches for 100 miles, but we’re not suggesting you do the whole thing. The trail can be picked up anywhere from Eastbourne to Winchester and dogs can run free without fear of traffic in most places.
The scenery changes from wooded trails to wide open spaces and there are plenty of places for your pup to explore.
One of the main attractions along this path is the Queen Elizabeth Country Park. Over 2000 acres of woodland and lovely trails mean hours of fun.
4. Seven Sisters (South East)
At the end of South Downs Way (or beginning, depending how you look at the map) is one of Britain’s most beautiful, dog-friendly walks.
Seven Sisters Country Park is named after the iconic chalk cliffs on one of Britain’s finest coastlines. This is one of the few remaining untouched coast lines in South East England and is now protected to ensure it stays that way.
The Seven Sisters trail is about 4 miles long, complete with hilly terrain to really test those leg muscles.
On a fine sunny day, you’ll be so blown away by the scenery at the famous chalk cliffs. Even the sanest person is inclined to throw their arms open and belt out “The hiiiiiills are alive, with the sound of music.”:
Plus, you might see an occasional cow or sheep** to take your mind off any burning in your thighs!
**The sheep and cows are a friendly bunch and are used to seeing people and dogs; however, if your pup likes to nip at their ankles, it’s best to keep them close around the livestock.
5. Sissinghurst (South East)
For a family-friendly/activity day type of walk, we’d certainly recommend the 450 acres surrounding Sissinghurt Castle. While dogs can’t actually go in the formal garden area, they are very welcome in the wider estate.
Their Estate Walk is 3 miles long and takes you along the surrounding estate. There’s plenty to check out! If your pup’s a waterbaby, then the two lakes will certainly keep them entertained. The lakes are thought to have formed after clay was excavated in the 15th and 16th century to make the bricks that built Sissinghurst Castle.
- And the parkland: originally created with the Manor House in the 14th century, you can walk around the remains of a large deer park and pig pasture.
6. Bamaluz Beach (South West)
Pretty exotic right?
It’s a rare Cornish treat: a year round, dog-friendly beach. The town itself, St Ives, is a beautiful seaside fisherman’s haven.
During peak times, this beach can get a little busy with dogs and their owners. But if your dog is a social butterfly, and you don’t mind making small talk, it’s definitely worth a visit. If you’re thinking of a weekend visit, there are plenty of dog friendly B and B’s so you and your pup can rest your paws after a long day of running around the beach…or whatever you do on vacation.
And who doesn’t love seeing dogs swim? It’s both adorable and hilarious.
Remember to bring a towel or two, you’ll want to dust off your pup before getting back home…unless you think your house decor could use an extra bit of sand in the lounge, your call.
7. Castle Neroche (South West)
If you’re looking for some proper ground to cover, head to Somerset. It has scenery that’ll make you say “Ooh Aar”.
Interesting fact about Neroche – the origin of the term is believed to be a contraction of Old English words; nierra and rechich (rachich) for Rache, a type of hunting-dog from the Middle Ages. So Castle Neroche means “camp where hunting dogs are kept”. It’s no Game of Thrones, but it’s a fun fact you can whip out at a rather dull dinner.
8. Moulden Hill (South West)
Moulden Hill Country Park is doggy heaven on earth. With wide open spaces, and lots of other pups to play around with, this park will put you and your pawrtner in your happy place.
How do I know? A picture is worth a thousand words…
And for the waterbabies among us, this park comes with a dog-sized dock that’s perfect for leaping from.
Moulden Hill has paths around Moulden Lake and further afield if you’re feeling fit. It’s a firm favourite among the local hounds so you’ll have plenty of company and your pup will have loads of butts to sniff.
9. Hampstead Heath (London)
North London’s not-so-hidden gem. This little slice of greenery offers beautiful views over London from the top of Parliament Hill and actual fresh air…as fresh as it gets in London. While you’ll have to keep your dog on the lead just as you’re entering the park, after you get in feel free to unleash and let your pup do their thang.
Just hop on the Northern Line or the Overground to get there or, if you’re driving, there’s a car park near Hampstead Heath Overground Station.
10. Hollow Ponds (London)
East London is the land of the hipsters; retro plastic sunglasses at night, skinny ties and all that good stuff. But, nestled in between Stratford and Leytonstone is a little known dog-haven: Hollow Ponds.
Dogs, their owners and dog fanatics (I may or may not go to the park with treats in my pocket just so dogs will come up to me and I can pet them) can walk around the open field and pond area or venture through the trails that lead around the back of the park.
I don’t know if I’ve already mentioned it but dogs + swimming = hours of fun. Here’s some shots of dogs enjoying the pond at Hollow Ponds.
When told to get in the water and play like the other dogs, Rufus replied “HOOMAN. Do you know how cold it is?!”via Instagram
11. Battersea Park (London)
Between Albert Bridge and Battersea Power Station lies a picturesque little park in Battersea. Home to London’s poshest of posh, it’s a beautiful little park that almost lets you forget all about stressful city life.
Take your pup there and they might get the chance to sniff one of the Made in Chelsea crew’s butts. It’s just south of the river and filled with photo ops for you and your pup. Calling all part-time photographers! Go get your Instagram on.
And if you happen to be in the position to help out, Battersea Dogs Home is just around the corner.
12. Penistone Hill (North East)
Yorkshire is known for their pudding, tiny dogs and countryside that kicks all other countryside’s rear ends.
Penistone Hill is just one of the many hilly gems in the region. And dogs love it too and let’s be honest, walkies are 80% about your dog (and 20% attempting exercise).
12. Boultham Park (North East)
This park is billed as a dog-friendly park with open spaces for your dog to run free and plenty of wooded areas for you and your pup to explore.
And as an added plus – this park has ample doggie waste bins so you can be a good person and pick up your dog’s poop without having to carry it around for the rest of your walk. Even though it’s safely wrapped up, it’s always slightly uncomfortable walking around with poop in a bag longer than you have to.
12. Llansteffan Walks (Wales)
There’s nothing more splendiferous than a walk in the Welsh countryside. Llansteffan is a beachside walk that’ll have your pup pumped for some fresh air and cold water.
You and your pawrtner can wander along the water’s edge or find a sandy spot to ponder the trials and tribulations of life.
“If they give me bacon-flavoured treats, why won’t they just give me some damn bacon?”via Instagram
Make sure to watch out for these nasty buggers washing up along the shoreline – they float like a butterfly, sting like a…jellyfish.via Instagram
14. Mugdock County Park (Scotland)
For those of us who aren’t quite ready to tackle Scotland’s BEAST of a mountain, Ben Nevis, why not try something a little less intense and a lot more enjoyable. Mugdock County Park is a favourite for dogs and their owners for a few reasons.
A. Everyone loves a water feature. via Instagram
B. MUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUD!!!!!!!!!!!!!via Instagram
C. Endless opportunities for Hide & Seek.via Instagram
D. It’s a great place to catch up with your favourite betches and have a good old chinwag.via Instagram
There you have it. Just a small few of the thousands of walks around the country that is known for beautiful countryside and, unfortunately, Piers Morgan.
Now go say the magic “W-A-L-K” word and get steppin’.