There’s nothing more enjoyable than a brisk dog walk in the warmth of the sun.
Spring is (finally) here, the days are longer, and it’s time to put the winter months behind you.
Now’s the time to get outside to watch gardens and the countryside blossom and come to life.
From Scotland to Salcombe, we’ve got the best places for long (or short) spring dog walks across the UK.
Spring Dog Walks
Osterley House is super-close to central London, yet feels like it’s in a different world. Walk up the tree-lined paths towards the grand house, and you’ll be forgiven if you think you’re in an Austin novel and not in urban London.
Did you know? Surrounded by farmland, parks and gardens, Osterley House is one of the last remaining country estates in London.
Address: Jersey Road, Isleworth, Middlesex, TW7 4RB
For a real challenge, try the Salcombe and Soar Mill Cove trek.
This 10.8 km (6.7 mile) will take you over stiles, steps and narrow, rocky paths. Don’t forget to stop off for a quick pint at dog-friendly pub South Sands.
Did you know? Dolphins, Basking Sharks and Seals are often spotted at the hidden beach at Soar Mill Cove.
Get the full, step-by-step walk here.
A vast moorland with romantic views across sweeping across North Yorkshire and Cleveland. Spend hours walking your pup whilst admiring the first flowers to bloom in Spring.
Did you know? Captain Cook was said to get his appetite for adventure by exploring Roseberry Topping.
Address: Newton-under-Roseberry, North Yorkshire, TS9 6QR
This ancient woodland is situated on the banks of the river River Weaver. Wandering through the tall oaks and scattered willows you’ll find yourself amongst hundreds of delicate bluebells.
Keep a close eye on your pup though – the canopy can be very dense in areas.
Did you know? Weaverham was the most important Saxon settlement in Cheshire and was first mentioned in the Domesday Book in 1086.
Address: Weaverham, Cheshire, CW8 3LA
Spending a chilled afternoon along one of the twenty five beaches in the Gower Peninsula will ensure all cobwebs are well and truly blown away.
These beaches are some of Britain’s most stunning coastline and many are dog-friendly all year round.
Here’s the full list of year-round dog-friendly beaches in the Gower Peninsula:
- Swansea Bay from the slip (opposite Victoria Park) to the beach access at Sketty Lane Car Park (opposite the Wales National Pool)
2. Mumbles (to the Lighthouse)
3. Pwll Du
5. Three Cliffs Bay
6. Oxwich Bay (including Crawley and Tor Bay)
7. Horton (from the Lifeguard Station towards Oxwich)
8. Port Eynon (from the main steps to the Salt House)
9. Mewslade Bay
10. Rhossili Bay
12. Broughton Bay, North Gower
13. Whiteford Sands, North Gower
Did you know? Chosen for its beautiful coastline, The Gower Peninsula was designated the first AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty)
Situated in stunning Edinburgh, this serene park – a green lung in the heart of Edinburgh’s East Neighbourhood – is home to an abundance of natural wildlife.
Be sure to take a flask of hot tea (or a wee dram) and perch on one of the picturesque picnic benches.
Did you know? Figgat Park used to be moorlands, and the term ‘Figgat’ is thought to come from the Saxon term for “Cow’s Ditch”.
Address: Mountcastle Drive North, EH8 7SE
Where do you like to walk your dog?
If you’ve got a dog trail in mind this spring, share your dog walk with us in the comment section below.