Who doesn’t love a Sunday afternoon walk with the dog?
If you’re looking for some new routes, there are incredible places you can visit around the UK with your pooch. From beaches and clifftops, to Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, there’s a huge variety of short to medium walks where you can bond with your dog and see some of the most spectacular views of the British Isles.
Here are just 7 of the best to enjoy…
1. Richmond Park, London
With bridle paths and trees dating back centuries, Richmond Park’s open space and natural beauty is an incredible contrast to the surrounding capital. Tall ferns, brooks and lots of other wildlife – including the deer – make Richmond Park an interesting destination for any dog. Take a walk from the car park at Roehampton Gate to Pen Ponds. Along the way you’ll pass White Lodge, home to the Royal Ballet School. Be sure to look out for iconic London landmarks along the skyline as you go.
Distance: Approx. 2 miles
2. Harlech Beach, Snowdonia
This sandy bay and dog-friendly beach stretches for miles along North Wales’ western coastline, providing plenty of space for your pooch to stretch its legs. Harlech is surrounded by epic sand dunes with the majestic mountains of Snowdonia National Park as its backdrop and some stunning sunsets over the sea.
Distance: As long as you like. Be sure to look out for Harlech Castle on the hillside.
3. Malvern Hills, Worcestershire
The Malvern Hills, found in Herefordshire and Worcestershire, are home to some of the most spectacular walkways in the country. With panoramic views on both sides, the route along the ridge of this hillside around, particularly around Worcestershire Beacon, is breathtaking. There’s no better place to be with your furry best friend.
Distance: 3 miles (1.5 hours)
4. Holkham Bay, Norfolk
The beach at Holkham is a vast, open space promising miles of relaxing walks for you and your pup. Walk east towards Wells Harbour (with its colourful beach huts) where you’ll have a wonderful view of the salt marshes. Return via Peddars Way along the edge of the pinewood forest.
Distance: Approx. 4 miles (2 hours)
5. Arnside Knott, Cumbria
Arnside Knott is a great place to enjoy the countryside with your dog. They can run ahead while you enjoys views out to the Irish Sea, the Lakeland Fells and Arnside Viaduct.
Distance: 2 miles (1 hour)
6. Hengistbury Head, Dorset
Hengistbury Head is one of the South coast’s most treasured walking spots. The stunning headland offers views across the English Channel, to the Isle of Wight and Poole Bay. With blooming heather, exciting terrain and water to cool off in, it’s no wonder dogs love it too. Start and finish at Hengistbury Head car park where there’s a handy cafe.
Distance: 3.6 miles (1.5 – 2 hours)
7. Sanna Bay, Scotland
On a clear day the mystical landscape of the Scottish Highlands is unparalleled. This ancient glaciated landscape is truly spectacular and has some of the most untouched beaches in the country – and dogs are still allowed.
Distance: Circular walk from Portuairk is 4.5 miles (3 – 3.5 hours)