Having a hard time thinking of a present for your dog this year? Since walking is one of the best forms of exercise in midlife, why not give yourself and your pup a loving gift: take him or her for a long walk in a new, exciting place where both of you will have a chance to stretch your legs and burn some calories after the sumptuous holiday meals. From long sandy beaches to big open green spaces, there are lots of dog-friendly locations all over the UK that will please both you and your pooch.
Experts from tails.com have shared with us their top 10 most dog-friendly places in the UK for Holidays and beyond. Before you head off on your tail-wagging adventure with your dog, just make sure to check the government guidelines on how far you can travel.
Derwent Water, Lake District
If you live in the Lake District, you are spoilt for choice for all the beautiful locations you can visit with your dog. National Park “Derwent Water” is one of the best locations in the Lake District if you love beautiful scenery. Starting in the small town of Keswick and stretching around Derwent Water, this 8-mile walk is a long easy stroll for you and your pup so you can really take the time to take in the wildlife around you. With many shallow-water edges, this walk is great for those dogs that love a bit of a paddle at any time of year.
Black Park, Slough
Rich with filming history, Black Park covers 500 acres of woodland, in Slough – South Buckinghamshire. With wide footpaths and a large lake, this park is a great place to take dogs that love exploring on off-lead walks. The gorgeous location has grown in popularity over the last few weeks, with many dog owners searching for ‘black park’ so they can explore the woodlands with their pet, whilst also getting a sneak peek at any productions that may be taking place.
Robin Hoods Bay, Yorkshire
If you fancy dipping into the legendary history of Robin Hood, why not visit the stunning coast of Robin Hood’s Bay in Yorkshire. As an old fishing village, there are plenty of dog-friendly places to go exploring with your pooch, including stunning views from the top of the village, a three-mile walk across the sandy beaches, and soaring cliffs that look out to sea. Walk along the ‘cinder track’- the disused Scarbrough line, or enjoy a 7-mile walk over to Whitby along the cliffs – there is a little pocket of history at every turn.
Epping Forest, London
If you’re a Londoner and often find it hard to find a quiet place to go walking with your dog, Epping Forest is the perfect place. Located just outside of the city, the forest covers an enormous 6000 acres of woodland. If you’re looking to get away from the bustling city life you can explore the ancient Copped Hall Mansion with a 5-mile scenic walk, there’s something for both you and your dog to enjoy in Epping Forest.
Hadrians Wall, Northumberland
For fit walkers, it can take up to a week to walk the entire length of 84-Mile Hadrian’s Wall. But don’t worry, there are plenty of shorter walks around the area that are great for you and your dog. Why not follow the 5-mile stroll that starts at Roman Fort, Homesteads, and takes you right past Sycamore Gap that was famously used as part of Robin Hood Prince of Thieves. Set among the gorgeous Northumbrian landscapes the wall is still impressive today, capturing the importance of the Roman Empire.
Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire
Looking for a new place in the midlands for you and your furry friend? Clumber Park in Nottinghamshire is a dog-friendly National Trust property rich with history. Walk alongside the brave men who fought in the Great War when exploring the Clumber Estate, or explore through two beautiful habitats surrounding the estate including the depths of the woodland, and the glistening Clumber Lake. Throw a ball or go for a swim, Clumber Park has miles of paths for you and your dog to enjoy.
Doone Valley Circuit, North Devon
Made famous by RD Blackmore and his novel Lorna Doone, Doone Valley has a stunning 5 and a half-mile walk, that spans across grassy moors, a picturesque valley, and a bubbly meandering river. Although the walk can seem strenuous at times it is perfect for you and your pet to explore. On the edge of the valley sits the strange but beautiful Doone Village, with traces of stone walls that are thought to date back to the twelfth century and today are some of the most preserved of this type in all of the South West. So if you are looking for a bit of culture while walking your pooch, Doone Valley Circuit is perfect.
Three Cliffs Bay, Wales
There are plenty of beautiful beaches and national parks to explore in Wales, but one of the best ones to visit with your dog is Three Cliffs Bay. With a spectacular shoreline of sand dunes, salt marshes, and beaches, Three Cliffs Bay is perfect for your fluffy companion all year round. Make sure to visit at low tide and to pack some waterproof shoes, and you will be rewarded with some spectacular views across Wales.
Whitsand Bay, Cornwall
Cornwall is known for its breathtaking landscapes and picturesque beaches. If you live in the southeast of England why not take your dog and walk along a picture-perfect route to Whitsand Bay and make your lockdown walk that little bit more exciting. With stunning views as you walk along the coastline, it is the perfect walk for both dog owners and their pets to enjoy.
Castle Fraser, Aberdeenshire
If you have always wanted to explore a fairy tale castle, Castle Fraser located in Aberdeenshire, dates back to the 1450s. Belonged to the Fraser family for over 400 years, the castle is filled with family portraits and mementoes that each tell a story. As part of a Scotland National Trust property, the park is home to wildlife and has big open spaces, perfect for your dog to run around and explore, while you soak up the history.
While strolling along and enjoying the views, remember to take a few shots of you and your pup and the stunning, picturesque landscapes your encounter. You can frame the pictures and keep treasuring the memories of your holiday walk even in the new year.