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The Best Dog Friendly Routes & Walks From Across The UK

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When taking holidays in the UK with dogs it’s a sure bet walking with Fido is going to be one the top activities repeated each day, But doing the same well trodden path each time or staying in and around the holiday park can get a bit tedious for sure.

In today’s post we are going to break down some of the best dog walks in the UK. Now if these are dog walks near you, you may well know them already, but if your off for a short break in a new area there’s every chance we will have some great dog walking adventures nearby. Let’s check them out.

Quick Jumps

We’ve separated our top pick walking trails by location, head straight to the area that you’d like by clicking the links below.

Dog Walking in Northumberland

If you’re staying at one of the dog friendly properties found locally of course you’re going to want to know where is best for dog walking in the county. Some of the most popular routes to take your family pet for a walk include:

Cambios Beach

Cambios Beach is perfect when the tide is low and tends to not be as busy as nearby beaches filled with tourists, meaning your dog can go for a run and a paddle in the sea.

Another popular dog walk is from

Craster to the Dunstanburgh Castle;

This 5 mile route finishes at the historic castle and has dog friendly pubs along the way that you can pop in to for some refreshments. 

Lake District Walkies

Brund Fell

This 5.5-mile circular walk which starts from Rosthwaite Car Park is a bit different to other Lake District walks with heather covered terrain and huge rocks but well worth the initial climb.

Cat Bells & Lakeshore

A must for guests staying near Keswick, for the with jaw dropping views alone and afterwards why not enjoy afternoon tea at The Chalet tearooms in Portinscale

Grasmere and Rydal

If you want views to blow you away, we recommend trying out the circular walking route. Start off at Grasmere village and head down a quiet lane leading to a bridleway which offers fantastic views of Grasmere Lake


Many people regard Ullswater as the most beautiful in the National Park. The -mile walk around the perimeter is easy going for you and your pooch and the backdrop is simply stunning, with some lovely picnic areas

Walla Crag/ Great Wood

There are several walks around this delightful fell, all with stunning views we recommend exploring the Great Wood which lies just beneath Walla Crag where Fido will enjoy his senses working overtime.

Tarns How

Between Coniston and Ambleside, you will find Tarns How. The land surrounding this pretty lake originally belonged to Beatrix Potter who left it to the National Trust and the whole area is a haven for dog walkers.

The Kentmere Horseshoe

Only for the more serious hiker and energetic dogs this is one the most remote and longest routes which is not for the faint-hearted. Starting at the small hamlet of Kentmere north of Kendal it offers fantastic views.

Pet Trails in Norfolk

Norfolk is a very dog-friendly county, with plenty of walking trails for your pooch and beaches where dogs can roam free meaning you are able to include your pet in all your outings on this holiday.

Whitlingham Country Park

Whitlingham Country Park is a very popular spot for dog-owners, because not only does it offer a 3km walking route through the scenic woodlands, there are also plenty of water activities here, which include, sailing, kayaking, windsurfing and canoeing. If you do not fancy any of the water sports, you can always go on one of the guided boat tours that are available for both you and your dog.

Holt Country Park

Located on the edge of Norfolk’s Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, take your dog on a walk to remember . With plenty of colour coded dog-friendly routes to pursue (all of varying lengths), your furry friend gets to enjoy a long walk that will no doubt tire him/her out and you get to enjoy the stunning views and wildlife that this park has to offer.

Sheringham Park

This beautiful park offers four different trails that you and your dog can follow, starting from 1-5 miles in length. Enjoy a short, leisurely stroll, or a more challenging walk and get to see the various wildlife that lives here, as well as the luscious views.

Blickling Estate

This giant estate that surrounds the Jacobean mansion consists of 4,600 acres (950 acres being woodland). It is a great place to bring your dog this holiday to let them run around freely off the lead. If you are looking to meet more dog-owners, you can take a walk every Monday morning with the dog group, Blickling Bounders.

Holkham Beach

A holiday to Norfolk is not complete without visiting at least one of its sandy beaches. As well as the dog-friendly walking trails, the beaches are also dog-friendly, and Holkham Beach is considered to be one of the most un-spoilt beaches. Offering the best of both worlds, coastal views and lush green landscape, there are designated dog-walks if you prefer not to go on the beach with your pet.

Where to Walk Your Dog In Dorset

Wytch Heath – Wareham

With fabulous views of Poole Harbour this easy walk offers a variety of interest with open countryside, and lots of off-lead opportunities for a romp and play. There is also a lovely bluebell wood and two wildlife hides for nature lovers.

Tuckton Tea Gardens

Ideal for those enjoying a little break near Bournemouth,  this gentle stroll along the river Stour will take you through Hengistbury Nature Reserve. Boat hire and river cruises are available on route and there are plenty of picnic areas and a delightful dog friendly café.

Poole Park

More a day out than just a walk, there is a miniature railway, wildlife and boating lake and tons of different areas for your pooch to sniff out including a lovely woodland trail and swimming areas.

Kimmeridge Bay, Dorset

Offering some of the best snorkelling and rock-pooling in the country Kimmeridge Bay offers a variety of dog walks. Those who like a challenge could try the 5-mile trek to Swyre Head which boasts amazing sea views.

Cerne Giant

No mini break in Dorset is complete without a visit to this iconic landmark. At 2.2 miles this moderate hike offers excellent countryside views along with plenty of green spaces for Fido to let off steam and a river to cool down on a hot summer’s day

Golden Cap

You can start at the carpark and walk through peaceful woodland to get to the summit of the highest point on the south coast, which takes around 45 minutes. It’s a bit of a climb but the views from the summit are well worth it.

Thorncombe Woods

Unfortunately, four-legged visitors are not allowed inside Thomas Hardy’s home, but they will certainly have fun in the 26 acres of adjacent woods, which offer a huge variety of walks and are awash with colour during spring and autumn.

Routes in Devon

You will be spoilt for choice when its time for walkies, whether it’s a stroll along the beach or an adventurous countryside hike, so we have compiled a list of 7 of the best dog walks in the county, to get you started.

Eggesford Forest

Situated between Exeter and Barnstaple, this lovely circular woodland walk is just over a mile, making it suitable for everyone. There are no lead restrictions and a stream on route for dogs who love a swim

Saunton Sands

One of the best dog friendly beaches in Devon, Saunton Sands welcomes those with four paws 365 days a year. There are plenty of waste bins, miles of pristine sands great for a run around and a game of fetch.

Parke, Bovey Tracey

Owned by the National Trust, Parke offers a range of different walks in the grounds of a grand country house.  After your stroll why not enjoy some refreshment at the Cleave a popular dog friendly pub.

Dunkery Beacons

This delightful scenic walk takes you through woodland, heather strewn moors and past meandering rivers to the highest point on Exmoor. The views here are spectacular so make sure to bring a camera.

Mount Edgecumbe Country Park

The 865 acres in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty means you can walk for miles here if you wish. Through lush green parkland to the coastal path and beach beyond.

River Avon Dam, Dartmoor

This short but scenic route starts from the car park at Shipley Bridge and is only a mile and a half. Fido can have a splash around in the river and stretch his legs unhindered on the open hills as you head towards the dam.

Exmouth Seafront

There are some restrictions in the summer months but from the 30th September to the 1st of May your pooch has full access to this 2-mile stretch of golden sand. The promenade is packed with cafés where you can sit and enjoy the sea views.

Walking Area’s in Cornwall

There are plenty of scenic and picturesque walks and beaches that you can take your dogs on the South West coast. One place that is popular for visitors, where your furry friend can join them you is the

Treslissick Woodland Walk

Trelissick Woodland Walk which is in the village of Truro and run by the National Trust. There is a designated dog-walk that will not only be enjoyable for your dog but give you the opportunity to take in your stunning surroundings.

Another dog friendly location is

Cardinham Woods

Cardinham Woods located in Bodmin, which offers both easy walking trails as well as more challenging ones, depending on your mood and what you feel like doing. If you are wanting to hit the beach with your dog, then head for Padstow to Harlyn Bay Walk where dogs are allowed on the beaches and have plenty of sand to exercise and play on and the sea to have a paddle.

The Slate Coast

King Arthur and the Slate Coast walk is one of the most popular beach walks and as well as the views to enjoy, you can learn some of the history too.

Last Word

These are some of our readers most favourite routes and areas when they spend time with their four-legged friend. The local community in these area;s are super pet-friendly which makes these locations perfect for exploring with pets and children alike.

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