Look no further than Yorkshire for a stroll with your pooch. From walks in the countryside, along former canal towpaths, on deserted beaches or on breathtaking moorland, Yorkshire has plenty of choices for those who want to don their walking boots and enjoy beautiful landscapes with their canine friend by their side.
Good Places To Walk Dogs in Yorkshire
From city centre walks around the beautiful city of York to a stroll along the River Aire in Baildon or the UNESCO World Heritage town of Saltaire, Yorkshire offers plenty of places to enjoy a stroll with your pooch before retiring for the evening ready to plan routes for the next day. There’s the added bonus of some great Yorkshire dog-friendly pubs and cafés along many of the routes, as well
With cities such as Leeds, Sheffield and Huddersfield to explore, city-lovers can start close to modern comforts such as coffee shops, bars and supermarkets. For those who love to escape to the great outdoors with their four-legged friend, Old Bilton near Knaresborough is perfect for a paddle in the River Nidd, pretty villages and authentic country pubs.
Here are our top seven dog friendly walks and routes in Yorkshire. Remember these are just a start, there are plenty to choose from, no matter where you are in Yorkshire.
Our Top 7 Choices
A dip in the Nidd
The six mile walk from Conyngham Hall near to Mother Shipton’s Cave to the village of Bilton, near Knaresborough offers the chance to dip those paws and toes in the River Nidd before popping into the pub at The Gardeners Arms in Bilton where the welcoming beer garden is an excellent spot for canine pals. Knaresborough is a pretty Yorkshire town with locally-run shops and excellent cafés for cake and good tea if you’ve worked up an appetite for more than a pint.
A highway man’s route
Follow the route that the famous highwayman Dick Turpin is said to have taken around York with his dog, Little Nell. At just 2.5 miles in length, it is the perfect stroll for smaller doggy legs. Dick Turpin’s Dog Walk starts at the historic Clifford’s Tower and heads along the fabulously named along Whip Ma Whop Ma Gate street before going past his local watering hole, The Last Drop Inn. The walk takes in sights such as York Minster and the Tower Gardens.
Steeped in smuggling history, the quaint fishing village of Robin Hood’s Bay on the Yorkshire coast has a 6.5 mile dog-friendly walk which takes in the beach, the cliffs and a wide coastal path where you can breathe in the fresh sea air and enjoy the views out to the North Sea. Robin Hood’s Bay is known for its dog-friendly cafés and pubs – you’ll struggle to find somewhere along the route that doesn’t welcome your canine pal. Check out some other stunning dog beaches in Yorkshire that welcome your furry friends just as much as humans.
On the moor
Marsden Moor near Huddersfield is great for a stomp around moorland in the Peak District. The Wessenden Valley Circular is a 6.5 mile route along the moor and boasts fabulous 360 degree views for pretty much all of the walk, mini waterfalls and six reservoirs to see. Stop off for a break at The New Inn pub in Marsden for a refreshing drink for both you and your canine friend.
Famous for cheese
The walk from the town of Hawes to Hardraw isn’t just about the famous Wensleydale cheese which hails from the area. Stroll from the market town of Hawes to Hardrow Falls and on to the village of Hardraw for a drink and good grub in The Green Dragon, the fantastic 13th century pub in the village which welcomes pooches.
Flat, woodland route with views
Rivelin Valley Park located between Sheffield and the Peak District is an excellent, predominantly flat route which takes in both woodland, stream and river routes. Dogs don’t have to stay on the lead and there are plenty of places for them to run around to their delight. Start from the paddling pools at Rivelin Valley Park where you’ll also find a café. The gentle walking routes at this serene park are well signposted.
A city to city canal walk
The Leeds and Liverpool Canal has a full stretch of canal towpaths which offer plenty of good places for dog walks. Leeds city centre, leafy Apperley Bridge, historic Saltaire or the Five-Rise Locks in Bingley are just some of the popular choices, and the added bonus is that there is normally a pub or tea shop to pop into without taking too much of a detour.
The Last Word
With two national parks on your doorstep and plenty of dog friendly days out in Yorkshire, it’s easy to see why so many people flock to Yorkshire with their dogs. You can enjoy one of the many walks through the Dales and Moors which your canine is sure to love.
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