The six best locations in England to take your dog for a walk

The six best locations in England to take your dog for a walk

With spring officially here and it bringing warmer weather, dog walkers can expect longer days out with man’s best friend.

PDSA vets, together with PDSA Pet Insurance, have named the best dog walking locations across England to make the most of the great outdoors this season.

PDSA Vet Nurse Gemma Renwick said: “Regardless of the season, walking should be part of every dog’s daily routine to keep them physically and mentally healthy. Most dogs need at least 1-2 walks per day – unless otherwise specified by your vet.

“A brisk walk is a great opportunity for your dog to burn off extra energy, while a slow, meandering walk – where you let your dog sniff and explore for as long as they want – is great for their mental health.

“It’s important to remember that every dog is different, and you know your dog best. For older dogs, puppies who can’t go as far, dogs with health problems, or for some flat-faced breeds, make sure to choose an easier walk, or modify longer walks, to make it easier and more enjoyable for them.

“More challenging walks, that are longer in length, are best suited to very active dogs like Collies and Labradors, but always be mindful to go out at the cooler times of day and avoid long walks when the weather is very hot.

“When out and about, remember that although there is no blanket law requiring dogs to be kept on a lead in all public spaces, there are certain areas where a lead is compulsory. This includes children’s play areas, sports pitches, roads, and beaches. These areas, known as Public Spaces Protection Orders, will include signs detailing any restrictions, so always familiarise yourself with these, especially if visiting a new park for the first time.

“To make the most of your dog walking this spring, here are some of our favourite locations across England that will ensure you and your pooch have a barking good time.”

Roundham Head, Paignton
Route info: 0.9 mile circular beach walk
“This short route around Roundham Head is the best for exploring the area without going too far. There’s the option to walk along the beach and you’ll take in some beautiful views along the way. This walk is mostly paved, so keep this in mind for older paws that might prefer softer ground!”
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Watersinks to Malham Tarn, North Yorkshire
Route info: 2.6 mile linear walk past Malham Tarn
“This route takes a gentle stroll through Malham Tarn Nature Reserve, giving plenty of opportunity to see birds and wildlife. It’s mostly grass and gravel paths across this wetland, but be sure to pack wellies in wet weather and note that pets should be kept on a lead as livestock wanders at certain times of the year!”
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Cheddar Gorge, Somerset
Route info: 4 mile circular walk (with a few steep bits!)
“If you’re looking for a varied walk of wide, open spaces and stunning scenery, with some more woodland, shaded areas, Cheddar Gorge offers the perfect combination. There are a few stiles en-route, but this walk is ideal for dogs with an adventurous temperament.”
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Cleeve Hill, Cheltenham
Route info: 6 mile circular walk with some steep climbs
“For views across the Malvern Hills, Cleeve Hill is the place to be, and perfect for active dogs. There is also an option to take a shorter, flatter route if you don’t fancy the full sixmiles! Livestock do roam, so it’s vital to keep your pup on a lead.”
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Ironbridge and the Wrekin, Telford
Route info: 8.5 mile linear route with some steep inclines
“A walk that takes you through the scenic town of Ironbridge before heading up the Wrekin, be mindful that you will be doing a lot of walking before even reaching the Wrekin hill. You and your pooch will need to be tough and take plenty of breaks to rest and appreciate the dramatic views around you. With this being a linear route, make sure you arrange a lift at the other end!”
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Baggy Point to Woolacombe, North Devon
Route info: 10 mile circular walk across beaches and sand dunes
“This walk allows you to really take in the essence of the North Devon coastline. From Croyde to Woolacombe, and back again, this scenic walk takes you along the clifftops. Keep dogs on a lead as paths can get slippery, and take plenty of stops – Woolacombe has lots of cafes and pubs!”
See the route.

The charity’s insurance partner, PDSA Pet Insurance, offers a range of policies to cover cats and dogs for accidents and illness, as well as providing access to a 24/7 veterinary helpline. Every policy sold raises funds for the charity’s life-saving veterinary work.

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