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The Best Dog Walks in the UK


Tuesday August 2nd 2016



There’s nothing better for you and your dog than taking a stroll through the countryside – weather permitting, of course. Whether you’re bored of your normal walk, or you’re going on holiday and need a new route, we count down some of the best ways for you to take a ramble with your pooch this summer.

Don’t forget

• Make sure you’ve had a look at the route
• Check for steep inclines, cliffs, stiles and livestock
• Take plenty of water for you and your dog

Brean Beach, Somerset

This beautiful three-mile beach welcomes dogs all year round. With plenty of off-lead areas, your dog can run off and play while you take in the countryside views. Take a packed lunch and sit at one of the picnic areas, or grab a cup of tea at the National Trust café.

Castle Ward, County Down

With breathtaking views across the Lecale countryside, a Gothic 18th-century house and 820 acres of gardens and woodland, Castle Ward is a great day out for you and your pet. This National Trust property has a clearly marked trail over easy terrain for you to follow. You will have to keep your dog on a lead – the trail is often used by horses too.

Doone Valley, North Devon

For the hardier dog-walker, try the Lorna Doone Walk, based on the novel by RD Blackmore. This five-and-a-half mile circular walk takes you high above the coast, through the Devon countryside and to a 15th-century church. A more challenging walk than others on this list, you can rest up at the dog-friendly Blue Ball Inn in Countisbury afterwards.

Marloes Peninsula, Pembrokeshire

Take a walk around the Pembrokeshire coast and admire the heathland on this National Trust walk. The route passes an Iron Age fort, and if you’re lucky enough you might spot some of the wildlife, including porpoises, seals and seabirds, that inhabits the waters below.

Green Chain Walk, Crystal Palace, London

Living in the city doesn’t mean that there aren’t a host of beautiful walks for you and your furry companion. The Green Chain Walk makes the most of the parks and green spaces around London’s Crystal Palace area. The five-mile route runs from Crystal Palace Park to Nunhead Cemetery, with an option to take a detour through beautiful Dulwich Park if you want to.

Roddlesworth Reservoirs and Tockholes Plantation, Lancashire

This popular reservoir walk has a number of routes you can take. With off-lead walking, well-defined paths, streams and lakes, you can spend a few hours here keeping your pooch entertained. It’s also worth extending your walk to visit the Hollinshead Hall ruins. We recommend starting by the dog-friendly Royal Arms pub.

Craster to Low Newton, Northumberland

Starting from the fishing village of Craster, this walk takes you along the coast, through sand dunes, woodlands and the picturesque Low Newton village square. Your dog will love running along the stretch of beach at Embleton Bay. You can even explore the chambers and staircases of Dunstanburgh Castle – dogs on leads are allowed.

This article was written on behalf of helpucover. helpucover is a trading style of Pinnacle Insurance plc, an insurance company who offers pet insurance.