Your dog is great for your health! 5 of the UK’s best dog walks
Any dog owner knows that regular exercise is key to keeping your dog healthy, managing their weight and energy levels. However, walking your dog should be fun for you too and it’s a great excuse to improve your own personal health & fitness – all while taking in some fresh air and stunning outdoor views.
Today, we’re bringing you 5 of the UK’s best dog walking destinations to inspire you to make the most out of days out with your four-legged friend.
Embleton Bay, Northumberland
Embleton Bay sits beneath the ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle. Surrounded by grassy dunes, this sheltered, sweeping stretch of beach is perfect for dog walkers and families alike. Start your day with a spot of lunch at the Ship Inn in Low Newton – this popular pub is not only dog friendly, but even brews its own beer! After lunch, head south along the vast stretch of pristine, golden sand towards the castle. With plenty of other dogs to play with and litter bins to keep the beach tidy, Embleton Bay is just one of the many dog-friendly beaches in the region that welcome dogs and dog-lovers all year round. With nearby destinations like Bamburgh, Beadnell and Seahouses also welcoming your four-legged friend, as well as numerous dog-friendly holiday cottages in the area, Northumberland is perfect for a longer break for all the family.
Shipley Country Park, Derbyshire
With over 20 miles of trails to explore, Shipley Country Park is a dog walker’s paradise – with the whole park welcoming your favourite pet. Better yet, entry to the Country Park is completely free – and with plenty of pay-and-display parking spaces available, it’s an ideal day out for you and your pooch. Thanks to its flat paths and mild inclines, Shipley Country Park is perfect for visitors with reduced mobility – with a range of places to rest and take in the surroundings during your walk.
Beachview beach in Hayle is a 4 mile stretch of pristine, golden sand – ideally suited to longer walks or jogging on the firmer ground. This beach welcomes dogs all year round and, thanks to its size, it’s never too crowded – so you and your dog can play in the sand or splash in the surf to your heart’s content. Just a stone’s throw from the seaside town of St. Ives, a pub lunch is the ultimate way to end a day of sun and sand – with plenty of restaurants and pubs offering dog-friendly outdoor seating in the summer months.
Haresfield Beacon, Gloucestershire
In the heart of the Cotswolds, Haresfield Beacon Estate boasts an entanglement of beautiful grassy moors and woodland – with the famous hilltop Beacon offering fantastic views of the surrounding countryside. Start your walk at the National Trust car park in Shortwood, following the signposted footpath up to Ring Hill and the Beacon itself. Dogs are allowed off-lead here so you and your four-legged friend will have plenty of freedom to explore.
Cat Bells, Cumrbia
For dog walkers looking for more of a challenging trail, the Lake District offers the perfect terrain to get the blood pumping. On the shores of Derwentwater and just a stone’s throw from Keswick, Cat Bells stands 450 meters high – treating visitors to panoramic views of the surrounding hills. Take the regular boat service from Keswick to Hawes End and follow the steep path up to the top of Cat Bells. Make sure you pack plenty of water and treats for you and your dog, as the sharp incline and stunning landscape are guaranteed to leave you breathless.
There you have it, 5 of the UK’s best dog walking destinations – providing you with the perfect inspiration to take your four-legged friend further afield this summer. Happy walking.