If the last year has taught us pet parents one thing, it’s that a walk with our four-legged friend - even if it is only local - has been the perfect excuse to get outdoors and unwind.
For many, these adventures have been a much needed break from the busy goings on in life. So, with restrictions now lifting to allow UK-based travel including overnight stays in private accommodation - the months ahead are set for plenty of adventures.
We’ve teamed up with Forest Holidays to bring you the best dog walking spots across the UK from Deerpark, Cornwall to Strathyre in Scotland. With 11 holiday locations nestled within beautiful natural settings across our country’s woodland, Forest Holidays offer pet-friendly cabins, making it easier to sniff out the pawfect holiday!
What are the new rules for walking my dog?
In the UK, lockdown rules now allow for travel between England, Wales and Scotland. Self-contained holiday accommodations such as Forest Holidays have been open since April to those from the same household. With mixed household holidays on track to open in England from the 17th May and 3rd May in Wales. Now is the ideal time to plan a getaway with your pet pal.
A Guide To The UK's Best Walking Spots
Walks in the South and South West
If your pup prefers a stroll through forest or a flat trail track, then the Black Forest in Hampshire is just the spot for you. Located an hour from London, this tranquil woodland area has plenty of routes suitable for different walking abilities and various dog breeds.
If your hound is more ‘water baby’ than ‘woodland explorer’, then set sail for Deerpark, Cornwall for a landscape guaranteed to take your breath away. Only 15 minutes from the Cornish coast and the pretty fishing villages of Looe and Polperro, you're guaranteed to find a coastal path or scenic beach walk that your pup will adore.
Best Places to Stay - With Forest Holiday locations in both Deerpark, Cornwall and the Black Forest in Hampshire, you can plan your doggy days out - rest assured that your woodland cabin has facilities to clean off after a mucky day.
Walks in Scotland
For those hounds looking for a little more piste in their doggy days out, the Victorian village of Strathyre in Scotland is a fine spot. At the gateway to the Highlands and surrounded by forest, loch and mountains, Strathyre is the very essence of Scotland.
Best Places to Stay - When it comes to Scottish stays, there are cosy cabins in both Strathyre and Ardgartan Argyll, offering dog-friendly accommodation for only £15 per pup, per night.
Walks in Wales and the North West
Snowdonia National Park in North Wales has challenging mountain ranges that many dog parents dream of ticking off the bucket list. Home to the highest mountain in Wales and England, Snowdon, these snow-capped peaks aren’t for the faint hearted.
If the mountain ranges of Snowdon aren’t ideal for your hound, or you prefer somewhere with more open fields and tranquil woodland strolls, then the Delamere Forest in Cheshire is the ideal place for you.
Best Places to Stay - Up to four pets can stay in one Forest Holidays pet-friendly cabin and with locations in both Beddgelert, Snowdonia and Delamere Forest, Cheshire there’s no better excuse to visit this corner of the country.
Walks in North Yorkshire
Yorkshire is home to some of England’s most beautiful moorland and of course, the Yorkshire Dales, both of which provide more than adequate walkies for you and your companion.
Located in the Northerly tip of the county, the North York Moors National Park is a hidden world of sunlit glades, tumbling brooks and fantastic routes perfect for those looking for a new adventure with their doggos.
Best Places to Stay - Just a 40 minute drive from Whitby and right on the doorstep of the North York Moors, Keldy hosts dog-friendly cabins where you and your furry friend can put your paws up - or if the Cropton woodland is more your style, Forest Holidays also has a relaxing spot there.
What do I need to take with me on long dog walks?
When sticking to the tracks, or off-roading, it’s important to bring your own doggy bags for waste! Make sure to always stock up on our Compostable Doggy Bag Rolls so you’re never caught without!
Make sure your four-legged hiking partner has everything they need before starting your journey. Our Portable Leaf Travel bottle has a handy carabiner clip, which is perfect for attaching to their lead or even a belt loop on challenging walks.
Hiking in the Scottish Highlands, or beach trips in Cornwall can be quite an ‘off road’ experience with muddy splashes, make sure your car is prepared with our Super Soft Quilted Car Seat Cover.
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