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While we might not have the best weather right now, warmer days are coming (hopefully). So what else could we possibly be thinking about other than summer days out and staycations?
I know I can’t wait!
But with our four-legged friends a huge part of our lives, we couldn’t imagine going away without them.
So if you’re looking for somewhere new to stretch your legs and enjoy walkies with your furbaby, we’ve got you covered, especially when it comes to hiking with dogs.
From long stretches of sand to big open green spaces, there is a never-ending list of dog friendly walking locations all over the UK that are sure to excite both dog and owner.
And it seems many of us dog owners are thinking the same. Over the past week, Google searches for ‘dog walks’ and ‘dog friendly’ have peaked in interest as we attempt to find new and exciting places to walk our dogs.
So, experts from tails.com have put together a list of the top 10 most dog-friendly routes in the UK, from walks with spectacular views to hidden gems that will surprise you.
Where will you be heading for your next tail-wagging adventure? Grab your dog hiking harness and get going...
Derwent Water, Lake District
Those living near the Lake District are truly spoilt for choice regarding dog-friendly locations in the local area. Derwent Water is a national park and one of the best locations for those who enjoy stunning scenery.
Starting in the small town of Keswick and stretching around Derwent Water, this eight-mile walk provides a leisurely stroll for you and your dog, allowing you the time to take in the wildlife that surrounds 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
Known as a famous filming location for TV and film productions, Black Park covers 500 acres of woodland in Slough, South Buckinghamshire. With wide footpaths and a large lake, this park is an excellent option for 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 nearby.
Robin Hoods Bay, Yorkshire
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If you fancy dipping into the legendary history of Robin Hood, the stunning coast of Robin Hood’s Bay in Yorkshire is well worth a visit.
As an old fishing village, there are plenty of dog-friendly spots to explore with your pooch, including spectacular 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 seven-mile walk over to Whitby along the cliffs - there is a little pocket of history at every turn.
Epping Forest, London
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If you live near ‘The Big Smoke’ and often find it hard to find a quiet place to walk your dog, Epping Forest in London could be the answer. 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 five-mile scenic walk. There’s something for both you and your dog to enjoy in Epping Forest.
Hadrians Wall, Northumberland
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It can take up to a week for fit walkers 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 five-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 and captures the importance of the Roman Empire.
Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire
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Are you 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.
Imagine yourself walking alongside the brave men who fought in the Great War when exploring the Clumber Estate, or take in the two beautiful habitats surrounding it, including the woodland’s depths and the glistening Clumber Lake.
Throw a ball or go for a swim; Clumber Park has miles of paths for both you and your dog to enjoy.
Doone Valley Circuit, North Devon
Made famous by RD Blackmore in his novel Lorna Doone, Doone Valley has a stunning five-and-a-half mile walk that spans across grassy moors, a picturesque valley, and a bubbly meandering river.
Although the hike can seem strenuous at times, it is perfect for pets.
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 are some of the most preserved in all of the South West. If you are looking for a bit of culture from your dog walk, Doone Valley Circuit is perfect.
Three Cliffs Bay, Wales
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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 dunes, salt marshes, and beaches, Three Cliffs Bay is perfect for your fluffy companion all year round.
Be sure to visit at low tide and remember 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 are located in the southeast of England, why not take your dog and walk along a picture-perfect route to Whitsand Bay? It is the perfect walk for both dog owners and their pets to enjoy stunning coastal views.
Castle Fraser, Aberdeenshire
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If you have always wanted to explore a fairytale castle, consider a dog walk around Castle Fraser.
Located in Aberdeenshire, this castle dates back to the 1450s. Home 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 filled with wildlife and big open spaces, perfect for your dog to run around and explore while you soak up the history.