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55 best dog walks in the UK

From Scotland to South East England

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Is there a better way to spend the weekend than embarking on fresh adventures with your dog?

New routes are super exciting for your four-legged walking buddy, due to all the sights and smells they may not have encountered before.

Outdoor retailer, Millets, have worked with the Ordnance Survey to discover the best walks in every region of the UK - including Wales and Scotland.

Millets said: “Below we’ve provided a map of routes for some of the UK's best dog walks near you, so there’s no need to worry about getting lost during your next adventure. You’ll also discover details of how long the walk may take, the distance you’ll be covering and for some, useful info on where to park up if you travel by car.

“Before you head out, make sure you’ve got some sturdy footwear with Millets' selection of Men’s, Women’s and Kids’ walking boots!”

Please note: some of the routes featured may contain gates and livestock that may be an issue for some dogs. Use a lead and act responsibly.

Dog Walks in North East England

Durham Riverside and Woods

Difficulty: Moderate

Distance: 7.2km

Average Time: 1 hour 49 minutes

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The Durham Riverside and Woods walk passes through stunning woodland scenery overlooking the River Wear. Enjoy the classic views of the towers and walls of the famous Durham Cathedral and Castle. Built in 1072, Durham Castle is recognised as a masterpiece of Norman Architecture. Taking under two hours, this walk is ideal for a pleasant afternoon out for you and the family.

Hareshaw Linn Walk

Difficulty: Leisurely

Distance: 4.6km

Average Time: 1 hour 13 minutes

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Swallowship Woods, Northumberland

Difficulty: Leisurely

Distance: 4.4km

Average Time: 1 hour 3 minutes

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Longacre Woods, Tyne & Wear

Difficulty: Leisurely

Distance: 6.4km

Average Time: 1 hour 28 minutes

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Old Durham, County Durham

Difficulty: Moderate

Distance: 15.6km

Average Time: 3 hours 33 minutes

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Dog Walks in North West England

Count the Stones at Swinside

Difficulty: Leisurely

Distance: 10km

Average Time: 2 hours 34 minutes

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Swinside is located in one of the quietest corners of the Lake District. The walk stretches almost all the way from a tidal estuary to the flanks of the high fells, taking in old coppice woodlands and pastures where sheep and cattle are grazed. The historic Swinside Stone Circle sits in a quiet hollow in the hills high above the estuary of the River Duddon. It is a late neolithic or early Bronze Age structure with closely packed together stones, ideal to take your next Christmas card photo. This route is a longer dog walk so make sure you bring plenty of water and supplies.

Leck Beck and Ease Gill Kirk

Difficulty: Leisurely

Distance: 10km

Average Time: 2 hours 33 minutes

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Down to The Summit On Clougha Pike

Difficulty: Leisurely

Distance: 8.3km

Average Time: 2 hours 23 minutes

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The Paths to Wigan Pier

Difficulty: Leisurely

Distance: 9.7km

Average Time: 2 hours 11 minutes

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Wizardly Wanderings at Alderly Edge

Difficulty: Leisurely

Distance: 5km

Average Time: 1 hour 18 minutes

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Dog Walks in Yorkshire & The Humber

Osmotherley, North Yorkshire

Difficulty: Leisurely

Distance: 8.6km

Average Time: 1 hour 51 minutes

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Osmotherley is known for its beautiful villages and vintage old stone cottages. Head onto the moors above the scenic Oak Dale before passing through the stunning views across the plains of Mowbray and Cleveland, and heading further into the Pennines. On-street parking is available prior to starting the walk by the village square in Osmotherley, making this an easily accessible dog-friendly day out in North Yorkshire.

Glorious Castle Howard

Difficulty: Leisurely

Distance: 6.9km

Average Time: 1 hour 47 minutes

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A Walk On the Wolds

Difficulty: Leisurely

Distance: 6.3km

Average Time: 1 hour 31 minutes

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The Brontes at Thorpe Underwood

Difficulty: Leisurely

Distance: 6.8km

Average Time: 1 hour 23 minutes

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Romote Cockayne and Ruddland Rigg

Difficulty: Leisurely

Distance: 7.9km

Average Time: 2 hours 2 minutes

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Dog Walks in West Midlands

A Longer Walk in Kingsford Forest Park

Difficulty: Leisurely

Distance: 11.1km

Average Time: 2 hours 36 minutes

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Kingsford Forest Park is an idyllic place for a dog walk in Worcestershire, England. It has since adjoined Kinver Edge, a National Trust property in Staffordshire to which it was connected by multiple paths. The park features 200 acres of pine forests, open heathland, sandy tracks and a broadleaved wood all waiting to be explored. Kingsford forest is a quiet park making it the ideal place for taking a dog walk.

Cannock Chase

Difficulty: Leisurely

Distance: 12.0km

Average Time: 2 hours 42 minutes

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Breathing Space in The Clent Hills

Difficulty: Leisurely

Distance: 5.7km

Average Time: 1 hour 34 minutes

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Chilled Orange Juice at Hanbury Hall

Difficulty: Leisurely

Distance: 8.3km

Average Time: 1 hour 53 minutes

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Highley and Upper Arley, Shropshire/Worcs

Difficulty: Leisurely

Distance: 11.1km

Average Time: 2 hours 26 minutes

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Dog Walks in East Midlands

Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire

Difficulty: Leisurely

Distance: 8.4km

Average Time: 1 hour 49 minutes

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Located in Nottinghamshire, the atmospheric Sherwood Forest is one of England's Royal Forests and a fantastic place to walk dogs. Once covering around 100,000 acres in the days when Robin Hood was reputed to live there, today the Forest Park is a much smaller 450 acres. Even so, there are plenty of tracks and hidden paths for your four-legged friends to explore along this route. Steeped in history and oozing charm, Sherwood Forest makes for a thoroughly enjoyable dog walk in the East Midlands.

Thoresby Park, Nottinghamshire

Difficulty: Leisurely

Distance: 5.7km

Average Time: 1 hour 13 minutes

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Bradgate Park Leicestershire

Difficulty: Leisurely

Distance: 5.7km

Average Time: 1 hour 13 minutes

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Rutland Water

Difficulty: Leisurely

Distance: 5.8km

Average Time: 1 hour 24 minutes

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Coombe Country Park

Difficulty: Leisurely

Distance: 10.9km

Average Time: 2 hours 18 minutes

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Dog Walks in South West England

Spearywell/Mottisfont Walk

Difficulty: Leisurely

Distance: 10.9km

Average Time: 2 hours 25 minutes

Parking: SO51 0LS

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Spearywell/Mottisfont walk is a picture-perfect country dog walk that goes through woodland, farmland, water meadows, quiet lanes, tracks and alongside hedgerows. It follows rights of way and National Trust permissive paths and is stile free, making it an excellent dog-friendly walk. Please note, there is a field along this route which is often grazed by sheep so keep dogs on a lead when walking through.

Horner Woods, Somerset

Difficulty: Leisurely

Distance: 8km

Average Time: 2 hours 25 minutes

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Ham Hill & Montacute, Somerset

Difficulty: Leisurely

Distance: 8km

Average Time: 2 hours 4 minutes

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Plym Woods

Difficulty: Leisurely

Distance: 6.8km

Average Time: 1 hour 43 minutes

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A Walk Through the Bishops Wood

Difficulty: Leisurely

Distance: 5.45km

Average Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

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Dog Walks in East Of England

Thetford Forest, Suffolk

Difficulty: Leisurely

Distance: 11.4km

Average Time: 2 hours 24 minutes

Parking: IP27 0AF

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A tranquil walk through lowland pine forest following historic drove routes along stone tracks to Warren Lodge, a fort built to protect gamekeepers from poachers in the 1400’s. Along this dog walk in the forest make sure to look out for goshawks, deer and butterflies. It is recommended to start and finish the walk through the forest at High Lodge as it has accessible toilets, play and picnic areas ideal for all the family.

Around The Mysterious Horsey Mere

Difficulty: Leisurely

Distance: 5.9km

Average Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

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Great Eastern Pingo Trail

Difficulty: Leisurely

Distance: 8.8km

Average Time: 1 hour 47 minutes

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Santon Downham, Suffolk

Difficulty: Leisurely

Distance: 8.2km

Average Time: 1 hour 45 minutes

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Constable Country Walk

Difficulty: Leisurely

Distance: 8.8km

Average Time: 2 hours 2 minutes

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Dog Walks in South East England

White Horse Hill and Waylands Smithy Circular Walk

Difficulty: Leisurely

Distance: 10.9km

Average Time: 3 hours 30 minutes

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A picturesque walk along the Oxfordshire Ridgeway taking in the historic White Horse Hill and the neolithic barrow of Waylands Smithy. The walk can be a little taxing at times, but plenty of well-established chalky paths make it a lovely leisurely dog route overall.

Haslemere Surrey

Difficulty: Leisurely

Distance: 10.9km

Average Time: 3 hours 30 minutes

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Woolbeding Common West Sussex

Difficulty: Leisurely

Distance: 7.6km

Average Time: 1 hour 51 minutes

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Brightling East Sussex

Difficulty: Leisurely

Distance: 6.6km

Average Time: 1 hour 34 minutes

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Amberly Station, West Sussex

Difficulty: Leisurely

Distance: 8.2km

Average Time: 1 hour 50 minutes

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Dog Walks in Greater London

Secrets of The Natural Wimbledon Common

Difficulty: Leisurely

Distance: 4.6km

Average Time: 1 hour

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Those that are unfamiliar with this area of London may be surprised to discover that 495 acres of Wimbledon Common comprises of thick woodland, with the rest made up of heath and grassland. While heathland in other areas has fallen prey to developments such as supermarkets and airports, Wimbledon Common's status as a candidate for a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) has ensured its protection. At a safe distance from busy roads, Wimbledon Common is the perfect place to take your dog for a walk in London.

Brent River Park

Difficulty: Leisurely

Distance: 5.83km

Average Time: 1 hour 14 minutes

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Daylight Saving in Chislehurst

Difficulty: Leisurely

Distance: 5.4km

Average Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

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Grace and Favour in Norwood

Difficulty: Leisurely

Distance: 3.6km

Average Time: 46 minutes

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Downe & Biggin Hill, Greater London

Difficulty: Leisurely

Distance: 7.69km

Average Time: 1 hour 45 minutes

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Dog Walks in Scotland

A Beefy Devil of a Walk in Moffat

Difficulty: Leisurely

Distance: 7.3km

Average Time: 2 hours 6 minutes

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This scenic route takes you along a path beside the river Annan out of Moffat and takes a moderately steep climb onto the moorland hills. Cross the hills to Annandale Head before heading back to Moffat. In the past, this deep, natural bowl was used as a hiding place by thieves and even formed a refuge for the persecuted. Take your ideal dog-friendly route and combine with historical exploration for an informative and enjoyable day out.

Beinn Bhuidhe Bheag Circular Walk

Difficulty: Moderate

Distance: 9.9km

Average Time: 2 hours 37 minutes

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A Trial Through the Sallochy Woods

Difficulty: Leisurely

Distance: 3.5km

Average Time: 52 minutes

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Soonhope Glen, Borders

Difficulty: Moderate

Distance: 8km

Average Time: 1 hour 52 minutes

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Kilsyth and The Forth and Clyde Canal

Difficulty: Leisurely

Distance: 6.0km

Average Time: 1 hour 24 mins

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Dog Walks in Wales

Fan Frynych Brecon Beacons

Difficulty: Moderate

Distance: 7.4km

Average Time: 2 hours

Parking: LD3 8NW

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A beautiful circular walk within the Fforest Fawr area of Brecon Beacons National Park in South Wales. Take a gradual climb to the outstanding views of Fan Frynych, the northernmost peak of Fforest Fawr. Reach the Welsh dragon trig point where the northern face of Craig Cerrig-gleisiad can be viewed and stroll along a part of history on the Roman road. A quiet and tranquil area with lots of open land makes Fan Frynych a great place to walk your dog.

Gold in The Kings Forest

Difficulty: Leisurely

Distance: 6.8km

Average Time: 1 hour 21 minutes

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Dinas Head

Difficulty: Leisurely

Distance: 4.5km

Average Time: 1 hour 17 minutes

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Porthgain and Abereiddi

Difficulty: Leisurely

Distance: 5.8km

Average Time: 1 hour 37 minutes

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A Pilgrimage Around St Nons Bay

Difficulty: Leisurely

Distance: 6km

Average Time: 1 hour 37 minutes

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