South West Winter Dog Walks
The Middle Dart Valley walk
This stunning walk begins and ends in the Medieval village of Totnes. The paths and lanes are all fully surfaced, so come snow or ice, you know it’ll be a fairly easy walk.
Location: Totnes, Devon
Length: Five miles
South East Winter Dog Walks
The stile-free walk begins at Christmas Common, snakes through Fire Wood and Queen Wood, taking you back to where you started at the Common.
Don’t forget to stop off at the Fox and Hounds Pub in Christmas Common for a well-deserved rest and pint of real ale after all those long slopes!
Location: The Chilterns
Length: Three miles
North East Winter Dog Walks
If you’ve never visited the Yorkshire Dales before, you’re seriously missing out. Spanning a three and a half mile trek with some of the most scenic views in the UK, you’ll climb over dry stone walls, across open fields and through woodland on this moderately difficult walk.
Beginning at the Saxon market town of Reeth, you’ll be walking along a stream and through sheep-dwelling fields. Ensure your pooch is close enough to put on a lead quickly if you need to.
Location: Yorkshire Dales
Length: Three and a half miles
Scottish Winter Dog Walks
Bracklinn Falls and Callander Crags
If snowcapped mountain peaks are your idea of beauty, then this challenging walk is for you. During this four mile trek you’ll find yourself climbing up crags and over waterfalls on bridges made from old fir trees.
Once you reach the peak of the rock face, the views are spectacular. The South East rewards you with views of Stirling Castle and the Wallace Monument, and the North holds views of the snowcapped peaks of Ben Lomond and Ben Ledi.
Location: Callander, Scotland
Length: Four miles
Welsh Winter Dog Walks
In Winter, the lake views are some of the most spectacular in Wales. The leaves have dropped, so it’s the only time of year you can see the lake through the clearing of the twisted, ancient oak trees. The footpath is adorned with the winding shrubbery of holly, heather, honeysuckle and the rare Wild Service Tree.
Beginning at the Quay, you’ll walk through the woodland, near Garron Pill, through the village, finally ending where you began.
Don’t forget to stop off at the Lawrenny Arms (known locally as ‘The Doghouse’) for a spot of hearty pub food and drink for your four-legged friend!
Location: Pembrokeshire, Wales
Length: Three miles
Cold weather kit – what to pack
Now you’ve got your walking route sorted, you need ensure you’ve got all the essentials packed for both you and your best friend:
- A decent rucksack – well, you’re going to need it carrying all the below equipment below!
- Waterproof and windproof jacket
- A pair of waterproof trousers
- Gloves and scarf
- Map and compass (just in case your GPS doesn’t work)
- Flask of tea or coffee
- Dog treats
- A towel to rub off any paw irritations and ice
Before you head out…
Layer up your clothes (begin with merino wool and thick, woollen socks) and wear rigid, slip-resistant boots.
Massaging balm into your dog’s paws before you head out acts as a protective barrier against the cold outdoors and sensitive paws.
Take new dog booties to further minimise any contact with salt, chemicals and woodland irritants.
Made from natural ingredients including lime essential oil, clove, olive oil, marigold and thyme, the Diet’Dog paw balm soothes cracked pads and protects them against environmental hazards.
The pack at Diet’Dog are giving our community an exclusive collection of dog care products (ideal for throwing in your rucksack) including paw balm, flea and tick defence spray and first aid gel.
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