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A Guide to the Best Dog Walks in the UK

  • Walking your dog along the same path every day (or twice a day) can get a little repetitive, so if you're looking to mix it up a bit and discover new routes to take with your furry-friend, this article is for you! Luckily, the UK has many amazing dog walks to offer, from the Highlands of Scotland to the sandy beaches of the South-West. That being said, some of the best dog walks are a little overlooked, so we’ve decided to compile a list of 5 must-visit locations that may have slipped under your radar. So, whether your pup enjoys swimming in the sea, climbing on rocky coastal paths or getting covered in mud in the forest, we're sure you'll find the perfect new trail to follow right here. And, whilst dog walks are primarily meant for the well-being of your loyal companion, getting out in the fresh air is great for you too! So, before you grab your dog leash, jacket and walking shoes, read on to discover the different types of walks available in the UK, and step foot into an unforgettable setting with your four-legged friend!

  • What is a good dog walk? And how long should dog walks be? Short, long, forests or coastal paths – here's how to find the best dog walks for you and your pup!

    When choosing a dog walk, the first thing to decide is how far you and your dog want to walk. Most dogs can usually walk between one to three miles, however this can depend on the age and breed of your dog, so be sure to research this before deciding where to go! If you have a new puppy, a general rule of thumb to determine how long your walk should be is five minutes exercise per month of age. But, if you're in doubt, your local vet will be able to advise you on what's best. Choosing the location is a little easier – as most dog walks are relatively leisurely, all that’s required is to pick a scenic spot! Of course, if your dog needs more exercise, you can always adapt your route accordingly, or search for slightly longer or more challenging walks to ensure they are getting just what they need. As long as you and your pup are comfortable, you're sure to have a great walk together! So, now we’ve covered the basics, let's take a look at some great dog walks we've found just for you...

  • 1. Wimbledon Common, Greater London

    Distance: approx. 2 miles

    Length: 45 mins to an hour

    Difficulty: Leisurely

    Whether you live in London or are just visiting, Wimbledon Common is a great place to take your dog (and yourself!) for a leisurely walk. If you haven't already heard of this tranquil oasis nestled in the south-west of London, it is made up of just under 500 acres of woodland, sandy paths and grassland that are enjoyed by dog walkers, horse riders, walkers and joggers alike. Away from the traffic and fast-pace of the city centre, this is the perfect place to reconnect with nature and enjoy a walk with your furry-friend. For dogs that like to swim, Beverley Brook is a great spot for them to splash about and, after a hard-earned walk, you can enjoy a bite to eat at the dog-friendly Windmill Tea Rooms!

  • 2. Hastings Battleground & Abbey, East Sussex

    Distance: approx. 4.5 miles

    Length: up to 1.5 hours

    Difficulty: Leisurely

    Whilst it might seem like your standard walk around a small town of East Sussex, this spot actually has a lot more to offer than meets the eye. And if you're keen on history, you'll already know why. Surrounded by the landscape that witnessed the Battle of Hastings in 1066, this walk is packed full of history as well as beautiful scenery. A marked trail leads you through where the battle took place, and there are also audio guides available, offering a complete change from your usual dog walk. Your pooch can enjoy running in the vast fields, whilst you take in the historic sites – a great day out all round!

  • 3. Drumkeeragh Forest, Northern Ireland

    Distance: approx. 1.5 - 4.5 miles (depending on your choice of route)

    Length: up to 1.5 hours

    Difficulty: Leisurely

    Looking for a dog-friendly walk with breathtaking views? Then this is the walk for you! Hidden in the countryside of Northern Ireland, this forest offers around 12.5 miles of marked trails that meander through picturesque woodland. But don't worry, you don't have to do the whole 12.5 miles – you have the freedom to choose from three different trails, depending on your desired difficulty and length. The longest track is about 4.5 miles and the shortest about 1.5 miles. Whatever route you take, you'll love what your eyes stumble upon – the panoramic views of Slieve Croob, the Mourne Mountains and the rolling hills of the County Down countryside are really something to behold. Just be sure to bring a dog leash and boots as these views are also enjoyed by walkers, cyclists and horse-riders alike, so the trail can get slightly muddy in parts!

  • 4. Druids Circle, North Wales

    Distance: approx. 6.5 miles

    Length: up to 2 hours

    Difficulty: Moderate

    If your dog is used to longer distances, and you're looking for something a bit more challenging, this might be the number one walk for you. Starting at the Caerlyr Hall Hotel, the circuit will lead you up to the historic Druids Circle (also known as Meini Hirionk) which is a stone circle that dates back to the Bronze Age. You'll also have amazing views there of Colwyn Bay and nearby hills and mountains, as you loop back round to your start point. It goes without saying that this walk has it all, from spectacular views, to countryside and rich history. It’s not uncommon for wild horses and sheep to be found roaming around, so it might be wise to have a dog leash with you just in case. Plus, make sure to take a windbreaker or jacket, since coastal weather can always be a bit unpredictable!

  • 5. St Annes Beach, Lancashire

    Distance: approx. 3 miles

    Length: up to 1 hour

    Difficulty: Easy

    Rain or shine, there's nothing like fresh sea air to blow the cobwebs out. A large golden sand beach, St Annes is a great place for your pup to have a run around and a splash in the sea. In the summer months, you'll want to pack plenty of water to stay hydrated as well as your swimwear, just in case you fancy a dip too! If you head down to the south part of the beach, you'll find the picturesque sand dunes to explore as well. Your pup will love playing around in the sand, digging and running back and forth. Added to that, there's no doubt you'll meet other dog walkers too! One thing to note is that dogs are allowed on the beach all year except for the central section between the lifeboat station and pier. In this area, dogs are not allowed between Good Friday and 30th September, but the rest of the time your pup can swim and play on the beach freely! Just don't forget your windbreaker or a jumper as if the weather changes, there’s not much in terms of shelter to protect you from the elements.

  • So, where can you walk your dog near you? Whether it's the hilly Lake District, the rugged coast of Yorkshire or one of our select spots, it's time to grab your walking boots or wellies and set off on a dog-friendly walk!

    The rolling hills of the Yorkshire Dales or the idyllic Lake District are always at the forefront of our minds when we think about the best dog-walking spots. And it's no lie that the mystical Aysgarth Falls of the Yorkshire Dales and the glistening waters of the Lake District are enough to entice anyone. However, since at Atlas For Men we’re all about exploring new horizons, we hope to have inspired you with some other great (and slightly less trodden) dog walks that will provide you and your pup with hours of enjoyment. And, while the above are some great off-the-beaten track ideas for dog-friendly walks, there’s bound to be hundreds of other scenic dog walks closer to home too. We recommend making an active effort to explore your local trails and discover what’s really out there for you and your pup!

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