There’s nothing quite like getting outdoors, heading off on a walk and taking in a deep breath of fresh air, whether it’s in the countryside or by the sea. It releases endorphins, boosts your energy and relieves stress, all for free!
Exploring the idyllic scenery surrounding our parks makes for a great adventure; with grand forests, glorious beaches, rolling hills and trickling streams, there is an abundance of picturesque routes for all the family, even your four-legged friend! We’ve created a list of our favourite dog-friendly walking routes for you to enjoy, using our 12 parks as a base, here to help you step out and start your next adventure.
Explore the beautiful town of Amble, wandering around the harbour before heading south to Druridge Bay Country Park. Here you’ll find three miles of stunning coastline and sand dunes, a large freshwater lake and rolling meadows - all dog friendly.
Follow the coast North to return to Amble, with views of Coquet Island along the Warkworth river, and continue on to the town of Warkworth where medieval ruins remain. Whether you’re on four legs or two, you’ll have earned yourself a treat in a local café.
Surrounded by glorious countryside, Malvern boasts incredible views along trails that have attracted walkers from far and wide. The Malvern Hills divide Herefordshire and Worcestershire, laced with a range walks for all abilities, from a gentle stroll amongst the trees to an adventurous trek across the ridges.
There are six moderate-to-strenuous walks to choose from for more experienced walkers, woven through the hills surrounded by picturesque views. Alternatively, head north where you’ve got the Teme Valley trail which has six family-friendly walks, ranging from three-and-a-half to six miles - you and your dog will love them! Take your pick, from easy to advanced, there’s something for you and your four-legged friend.
Yorkshire & Lancashire
If you want to stay close to the Park, a common nearby dog walker destination is Allerthorpe woods, home to a delightful trail which weaves its way through the trees and reconnects you with nature. Listen to the birds sing, watch the squirrels scurry and enjoy life’s simple pleasures, with your dog by your side.
Alternatively, travel further afield to Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal - a World Heritage Site, with stunning gardens and scenic trails to explore. You’ll have to keep your dog on a lead for this one, but it’s a great day out for all the family and furry friends alike.
In the heart of North Yorkshire, Chantry is an excellent base for exploring the plethora of scenic routes interwoven into the rolling countryside. Stay local with a visit to Aysgarth Falls, a dog-friendly route with views of the stunning waterfalls cascading down the hillside. Travel a little further to Malham Tarn Estate; surrounded by spectacular limestone scenery, it’s full of trails to explore with plenty of space for your dog to chase a ball. As part of a National Nature Reserve it’s home to a number of rare species, some of which date back to the last Ice Age!
Tucked neatly in to a valley, Littondale is surrounded by some of the most breathtaking scenery the Yorkshire Dales has to offer. An ideal base for the renowned ascent of Pen-y-ghent, at the top of which you and your four legged companion will discover incredible views, including the other two mountains of the three peaks - Whernside and Ingleborough. There’s a reason these mountains are deemed classics in the walking world, whilst not for the faint hearted, they are a truly rewarding experience with the views to match.
In the heart of Lancashire, surrounded by rich history, Ribble Valley is ideally placed for exploring. You and your dog will marvel at the natural beauty spreading as far and wide as the eye can see. Walk in the footsteps of The Lord Of The Rings author, J.R.R. Tolkien, who regularly stayed at Stonyhurst College in the Ribble Valley, and take in the places along the Tolkien Trail where many believe to have inspired his writings. Reconnect with nature and soak up the tranquility of The Forest of Bowland, dotted with many hidden treasures to discover.
Relax and unwind near the small market town of Leyburn, a delightful base for a variety of dog-friendly walks throughout the Yorkshire Dales. Close by is ‘The Shawl,’ a two-mile-long walk along a limestone scar, with the chance to visit to nearby village of Wensley. For a small pocket of glistening beauty amongst the rolling greenlands, make sure you visit the Wensley Falls. The views of Wensleydale are well worth making the effort for, as is the chance to sit and enjoy some of the creamy Wensleydale cheese on offer.
In the foothills of Mount Snowdon, and on Snowdonia National Park’s doorstep, Brynteg is an ideal base for nature lovers and their four-legged friends. Surrounded by quaint villages and scenery that belongs on a postcard, explore the multitude of trails on offer. Tackle the climb to the summit of Mount Snowdon if you and your pooch are familiar with rough terrain, to unparalleled views.
Alternatively, climb the Roman Steps in Harlech, a stunning leisurely stroll that starts by the lake at Cwm Bychan, where you cross a Roman bridge, and make the gentle climb to the highest point.
Anglesey is an adventurer’s paradise - both human and canine! With over 125 miles of coastline to discover, majestic mountains to climb and rolling countryside to wander, there’s no limit on your adventure’s potential. Try the circular walk around Brynrefail, which starts with a coastal walk at Lligwy Beach and includes a climb to the summit of Bodafon Mountain before returning to the sandy beach. Feel the sand in between your toes and brave the sea for an exhilarating finish to the walk! Don’t forget your picnic!
Cornwall has some of the most stunning coastline the UK has to offer. Make the most of Oyster Bay’s incredible location by visiting Fistral Beach in Newquay. Not only is it one of Cornwall’s most famous beaches, it’s also dog friendly!
The surrounding headlands have stunning views and the beautiful stretch of golden sand is lined with cafes where you can indulge in local delicacies like scones with Cornish clotted cream and jam. It’s the least you deserve after all that exploring!
The South coast of Cornwall beholds many hidden jewels just waiting to be discovered by you and your furry friend. One of our favourite dog friendly walks is around Gribbin Head near the harbour town of Fowley. It’s topped by an iconic red and white striped tower, appropriately named Gribbin Tower, and leads way to Polridmouth beach and the coast path. Peacefully secluded, this beach is a little slice of heaven and loved by dogs and people alike.
Head back up to the coastal path and take in the stunning views. Follow it round for about two miles until you reach The Rashleigh Arms pub, a dog-friendly local establishment right on the beach, where you can dive in to delicious food and enjoy delightful beach views.
Situated near the popular seaside town of Bude, Pentire is a haven for dogs and owners. With plenty of routes dotted with dog-friendly cafes and restaurants, there is no shortage of things for you and your four legged friend to do. Stroll around the Bude Canal Walk, taking in the beautiful scenery it’s woven through.
If you’re looking for something a little more advanced, try the Hartland Heritage Coastal Walk. It offers fantastic seaside views, and is perfect for those searching for a proper hike. You’ll uncover plenty of historic buildings and ruins on the walk, so keep your eyes peeled!
Open yourself up to the 5-Star experience, both on and off park with these stunning dog-friendly routes and soak up the beauty surrounding our handpicked locations. Whether you’re one two or four legs, it will be an experience you’ll never forget.