Pet owners opting for staycations in the UK have plenty of great walks to choose from across the country, giving dogs the perfect opportunity to let off plenty of steam.
Pet experts from Pure Pet Food have given their top nine most picturesque, dog-friendly walks covering all corners of the UK. Beaches and country parks such as Erdigg in Wrexham feature on the list, giving both dogs and their owners the chance to explore new places.
A spokesperson for Pure Pet Food said, “When the sun’s shining there’s nothing better than going for a walk and seeing your dog enjoy the fresh air and open spaces.
“Different locations can give different challenges, whether it be the incline or length of the walk, helping to shake up the daily dog walks.
“Exploring new places on foot with your furry friend means you may find hidden places and beautiful views, helping you make the most of your holiday too.”
1. Birling Gap, East Sussex
From Belle Tout to Lookout Hill, the two-mile route follows the cliff edge, with dogs allowed off lead so long as there isn’t any livestock nearby. The walk lets you follow in the footsteps of old customs officers who checked the shoreline below for smugglers.
2. Green Chain Walk, London
At just over five miles long the TfL approved walk starts at Crystal Palace, before winding through Dulwich Wood and enjoying the gardens of the Convent of the Sacred Heart before walking through Camberwell New Cemetery and Nunhead Cemetery.
3. Hadrian’s Wall, Northumberland (main photo)
You can walk the whole length of the 84-mile path alongside Hadrian’s Wall, but there are also circular routes taking you along parts of the dividing wall. Dogs need to be kept on leads, however, due to the fields adjacent to the path being full of sheep and livestock.
4. Derwentwater, Lake District
A stroll around this mass of water surrounded by mountains gives you some fantastic scenery to enjoy whilst stretching both your furry friends and your legs. The whole route is nine miles long, or you can enjoy any of the other routes around the area. Starting in the market town of Keswick, shallow inlets mean that your dog can even enjoy a little swim.
5. Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire
The country park boasts 3,800 acres of parkland, heath and woods which you are free to explore. The house the estate once belonged to was demolished in 1938 as a tax-saving measure. When exploring the park, you can find lines of trenches which Churchill visited as the War Department trialled a new trench digging machine.
6. Erddig Country Park, Wrexham
Made for doggies, strolling around the country park you will find plenty of water bowls and dog bins. Dogs are allowed off their leads to stretch their legs so long as livestock isn’t present. The vast open area means you can take a leisurely walk whilst four-legged friends bundle through the park.
7. The Port Path, County Derry
The stretch of coastline linking Portstewart and Portrush features dust paths, grass tracks and long beaches. Dogs are allowed off the lead for the majority of the path, with some restrictions applying.
8. Cawsand to Whitsand Bay, Cornwall
Dogs are welcome all year round on this walk linking the idyllic village of Cawsand to the bay of Whitsand. Following the rugged coastline of Cornwall, the 5-mile walk in the South East of the country can allow you to enjoy some breath-taking views.
9. Hayling Billy Trail, Hampshire
A coastal path following the tracks of an old railway line, travelling between Havant and Hayling Island. The wide flat route means you’re sure to be joined by other dog walkers, along with horse riders.