The Best Dog Walks & Walking Routes in the UK By Location

In today’s post we are going to break down some of the best dog walks in the UK from South Wales to the New Forest, The Lakes to Aviemore. Now if these are dog walks near you, you may well know them already, but if you are off for a short break in a new area there’s every chance we will have some great dog walking adventures nearby. Wherever you are in the UK there are literally 100’s of nice places to take the dog for a walk. Let’s check them out.

Find Good Dog Walking Places Near You

We’ve separated our top pick dog walking trails by location, head straight to the area that you’d like by clicking the links below. For lots of things to do with your dog try this page.

1) Lake District

A dog walker’s paradise, the Lake District is, without doubt, one of the best places in the world for you and Fido to get some exercise, surrounded by spectacular scenery. The list of dog walks with lakes on the doorstep is below.

2) Windermere

There are lots of nice dog walks near you if you are staying or live in Windermere which is located in the heart of the Lake District National Park, from steep hikes to gentle strolls, there are dog trails for everyone

3) Troutbeck

If you are looking for a beautiful location in the North West with plenty of country walks with dogs for your four-legged friend to enjoy this picturesque village in the Lakes is the perfect place

4) Yorkshire

You and your pup will be spoilt for choice with the number of delightful walks for dogs, from coastal routes to hiking the dales. Yorkshire has some of the most beautiful dog walks which can be lapped up all year round

5) Scarborough

Where can i walk my dog here?  Stunning views from the cliff tops, glorious beaches and Peasholm Park one of the prettiest parks in the UK, Fido will be wagging his tail at the amount of dog walking routes around this famous seaside town.

6) Whitby

Famed for its connections with Dracula, Whitby offers a warm welcome to dogs, along with many pubs and restaurants that allow dogs it is surrounded by some great dog walks.

7) Northumberland

Thousands of dog walkers flock to the North East of England every year to discover the ancient history of Hadrian’s Wall, the fantastic wildlife and of course the thousands of lovely places to dog walk.

8) Newcastle

You might be surprised to learn that this cosmopolitan city is surrounded by beauty, from walking along the beach at Tynemouth to the haven of Jesmond Dene Park, there are tons of places to walk the dog.

9) Cornwall

This top holiday destination in the South West needs no introduction whether you prefer a walk on the beach, a woodland stroll or a windswept hike across the moorland. Cornwall is the ideal place for scenic dog walks.

10) The Peak District

Pack your walking boots and head to the stunning Peak District for the perfect dog walking getaway. Your pooch will love being surrounded by nature and there are hundreds of dog-friendly cafes and pubs. If hikes with dogs are your thing then there is not a better place.

11) Cumbria

Boasting the Uk’s most dog friendly town and surrounded by beauty. Amongst the best dog walking tracks is the fantastic Lanthwaite Wood walk, with a distance of around 4.5 miles, a couple of climbs to reach the highest point is well worth it.

12) Wales

From the mountains of Snowdonia to the Pembrokeshire coast and The Brecon Beacons National Park. walks for dogs are unsurpassed as you will discover when you take a moment to appreciate the spectacular views

13) Devon

Walking with your faithful friend is the perfect way to discover the delights this southeast county has to offer, good places for dog walking meander through forests and along the cliffs taking in picturesque towns and villages.

14) Torquay

This elegant seaside resort has dog friendly places aplenty and lots of good places to walk dogs from pretty parks to leisurely woodland strolls it’s an incredible place which your dog will love.

15) Somerset

Join hundreds of fellow dog owners when you book a mini-break in Somerset, why? because it’s one of the best places to walk a dog. You can walk for miles, explore the hills and delightful market towns, your dog by your side.

16) Scotland

Every dog and its owner should visit Scotland, there are dog walk trails with inclines for the more energetic pooch, long stretches of deserted beaches, a fantastic array of wildlife and a warm doggy welcome. Heaven!

17) Aviemore

A stunning place to enjoy a dog friendly walk, One not to be missed is Loch an Eilein, this scenic circular walk around the shores takes under two hours- A distance of 3.3 miles

18) Dundee

Looking for a dog-friendly city break? Dundee is a great choice, explore the Tay Estuary together, puppy walks across the surrounding hills and with a golf course or two nearby what more could you ask for?

19) Northern Highlands

A doggy adventure awaits here, long dog walks of hills covered in the heather for your canine companion to explore, secret forest paths, splashing in the waves on an isolated beach. Dogs will love it!

20) Inverness

You may not spot Nessie, but you will find dozens of places to walk your dog in Inverness, both on and off the lead. Whichever route you choose there will be a pooch-friendly pub where you can stop and rest too.

21) Isle of Wight

With its warm climate and seemingly never-ending places to walk with your dog, it’s a must for any self-respecting hound and its owner. We recommend the Field of Hope walk, Free parking, pathed route and refreshments

22) The Cotswolds

Another gem for dog walking areas, this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has it all. Surround yourself with nature at the Cotswolds Wildlife Park or check out the Cotswold Circular Walk

23) Norfolk

Pack the water bowls and leads and experience the east of England with your best friend. Norfolk has some of the best dog walks and as most of the county is flat just about anyone can enjoy them

24) Dorset

Breathe in the fresh air as you explore this beautiful southern county. Where to walk your dog is never an issue with some of the best scenery in the UK. You and your four-legged friend can choose from forest trails, a flat beach or steep hills

25) Bournemouth

While you may need to keep Fido on a lead when walking in town, there are also plenty of good places for dog walks where he can run free on some of the beaches and surrounding areas

26) Weymouth

The Rodwell Trail is Weymouth’s most famous dog walk, a distance of 3.5km, there are areas where your pup can run off lead, on lead sections, water on route, parking and the whole walk is wheelchair friendly

27) Hampshire

With the New Forest on your doorstep and scores of gardens, beaches and the odd park to explore you don’t need to worry about good places to walk your dog.

28) Staffordshire

Is there any better way to spend time quality time with your pet than a pleasant dog walk here, you won’t be disappointed. Check out the South Staffordshire Railway walk a scenic route of around 5.5 miles

29) Warwickshire

Explore Shakespeare’s country and delve into the past when you visit this glorious county nestled in the heart of England. The question “to be or not to be” is rather “which dog walking spots will we chose today”

30) Cheshire

From Delamere forest to the aptly named Gritstone Trail Cheshire has more friendly dog walking parks than you can shake a stick at and whatever route you choose there are plenty of watering holes that welcome pooches here.

31) Nottinghamshire

What’s good enough for Robin Hood is good enough for Fido, what pup wouldn’t love sniffing his way through Sherwood Forest in the search for squirrels and there are dozens of other dog walking woods nearby.

32) Leicestershire

Calling all dog owners! You may not know this Leicestershire boasts some amazing dog walk routes for your best friend. There’s the easy park walk at Burbage Common, Bosworth Battlefield and the lovely Foxton Locks path

33) Gloucestershire

The search is over. Gloucestershire has more than 5000km of footpaths and more than enough dog walks nearby for walkies to keep any dog happy. The glades of the Forest of Dean are a delight as is the Cotswold Way

34) Essex

A world away from nearby London, Essex has countless opportunities for a pleasant stroll with man’s best friend. Take a trip to the beach or check out Hylands Park probably the best place to walk dogs. 

35) Suffolk

With a variety of landscapes, Suffolk has something for everyone and nearby dog walks in abundance: Coastal walks, woodland, parks, nature trails, whatever your pleasure you are guaranteed to find it here

36) Kent

The distance from London may not be far but the rural landscape of this picturesque county is a world away from the capital. Hounds and their owners alike will adore the best places to walk dogs in this location.

37) Sussex

With easy links to London and the South Downs national park, right on the doorstep it’s no surprise that Sussex is a hit with dog lovers. The South Downs Way runs for a distance of 100 miles so plenty of routes and parks to walk dogs.

38) Brighton

You would be barking mad not to consider Brighton when you search for a pet friendly getaway, With dog walks with water lapping at your feet along the coast and lots of places to eat and drink that welcome your dog you will have one happy hound

39) Lancashire

Enjoying a good long walk with your dog is a great way to unwind, whether it’s strolling down a woodland path or heading for the hills and I found Lancashire one of my favourite places to walk my dog.

40) Blackpool

Where can I walk my dog here? It’s a fair question. You may not think this west coast seaside town would have many places to walk your dog but you’d be surprised. It is the home to Stanley Park one of the best in the UK and there are some lovely beach walks nearby

41) Derbyshire

If you want to explore Derbyshire with your dog why not join the thousands of tourists who return to the Peak District year after year not least because of the walks in the 200 mile National Forest.

42) Shropshire

Shropshire boasts countless places ideal for a dog walk, Check out Severn Valley Country Park where Fido can sniff to his heart’s content and if you’re wanting even more open space try the Old Racehorse Common in Oswestry.

43) Surrey

Surrey is an excellent place for a dog walk and Box Hill is one of the top choices as the pushchair and disabled-friendly route is great for a rainy day being paved. No muddy paws here!

44) Worcestershire

Your best friend will love trekking by your side in this picturesque county dotted with thatched roof cottages and pretty market towns plus some scenic places to walk the dog.

45) Cambridgeshire

Magog Downs and Gog Magog Hills- a bit of a mouthful right, but this walk with a distance of around 2.5 miles is a place your dog will love. They need to be kept on a lead in the main meadow but there are places to frolic off lead too

46) The Midlands

The Midlands may be renowned for its towns and cities but the good news is you can head out to Wyre forest, saunter by the side of a canal or blow away the cobwebs with a walk-in Sutton Park

47) Polperro

The Midlands may be renowned for its towns and cities but the good news is you can head out to Wyre forest, saunter by the side of a canal or blow away the cobwebs with a walk-in Sutton Park 

Last Word

Coastal Trails, National Park or Woodland?

These are some of our reader’s favourite routes and areas for a walk with their four-legged friends. The local communities in these areas are super pet-friendly too which makes these locations perfect for days out exploring with your dog and children alike. If you’re looking for a walk with dogs near you hopefully the above list of nice places to walk your dog has helped out. We are very fortunate to be just outside Northumbria there are so many good dog walks near me. 

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