Top 10 dog walks in the UK

What gives a dog owner greater pleasure than heading off on an adventure, walking with your faithful canine companion? But before you head off, what’s the best dog walk in the UK? Read our top 10 dog walks in the UK list to inspire you to plan your next trip.

 

We have tried to include routes from Scotland to Cornwall, so there is something for everyone. Each of our top 10 walks in the UK can be found in picturesque spots, taking in beautiful open spaces, footpaths, and national parks. Have a read. Hopefully, there will be a walk that catches both you and your dog’s attention!

Where can I walk my dog locally?

There are miles and miles of public ways, footpaths and bridleways across the UK. We are incredibly lucky! Possibilities for finding new walks are endless and, very often, they aren’t far away. Our recommendation is an Ordnance Survey Map of your area. It shows you all the footpaths, bridleways, public rights of way and open spaces in your area. You never know; the best dog walking route might be just down the road!

Top 10 dog walks in the UK 

We’ll start in Scotland and work our way South. There is a walk suitable for everyone in our top 10 dog walks in the UK list.

Fairy Pool Walk, Isle of Skye

Follow this 7.19km walk alongside the treacherous yet dramatic Cuillin Mountains. This route takes you to one of the most magical beauty spots in Scotland, the Fairy Pools. Soak up the beautiful, windswept Isle of Skye on this route, which is suitable for most walkers and their dogs.

If it’s a hot day, pack a towel as you discover the stunning waterfalls of the Fairy Pools. You and your dog may well decide to take a dip in the crystal-clear waters of Allt a’ Choire Ghreadaidh! Read more about the Fairy Pool route here.

Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh

If you visit Edinburgh, an essential walk takes you and your dog on a strenuous but short hike up to the peak of Arthur’s Seat. Starting out across rolling grassland, you travel across the remains of an ancient volcano. Don’t worry, it’s no longer active! Continue the climb to the summit and soak up the panoramic views of the city and the well-preserved remains of a 2000-year-old hill fort.

This is an excellent walk for anyone who enjoys diverse flora and interesting geology. The area is a Site of Special Scientific Interest. It is worth the effort; we guarantee it! Find the route here.

Durham Coastal Footpath, County Durham 

Suppose you plan on devoting a full day to walking. In that case, it’s worth tackling the magnificent Durham Coastal Footpath, from Seaham to Crimdon. Be sure to take refreshments along for you and your dog as it is 11 miles long! The unique and spectacular coastal limestone landscape supports many wildflowers, insects and different species of birds. Further along, you’ll walk in ancient woodlands bursting with native oaks, ash, yew trees and wildlife.

A challenging route due to its length, experienced walkers will be able to complete this walk in a day.

Rydal Water, Lake District

We couldn’t write a ‘Top 10 dog walks in the UK’ list without a route in the beautiful Lake District National Park! This circular walk around Rydal Water is 5.5km long and is perfect for anyone wanting a leisurely stroll. You’ll be able to absorb stunning lakeside views, explore some caves along the way and breathe the oxygen-rich fresh air. Then, when you and your dog are worn out, have a break in picturesque Grasmere at one of the popular dog-friendly pubs and cafes.

If you and your canine friend still have enough energy for a few more miles, there are various options to extend this route, taking in the ever-popular Ambleside and Loghrigg Tarn. Have a look at the route and add-on options here.

Buckden Pike, Yorkshire Dales

It’s tricky to choose only one dog walk in the Yorkshire Dales. There are so many to enjoy! However, the hike up to Buckden Pike, one of the ‘Dales 30’ mountains, has got to be one of the best. It can be a challenging walk, simply because it is 457 meters to the fell’s summit. But, it’s absolutely worth it. The views from the peak are breathtaking!

Don’t let the uphill trek put you off. Remember, whatever goes up must come back down and, when you finally make it back to Upper Wharfedale, the village pubs are very welcoming to both man and dog. Explore the walk here.

Beddgelert and Aberglaslyn Walk, Snowdonia

Not all walks in Snowdonia involve an exhausting mountain hike! There are many excellent walks throughout the national park for you and your dog. One of the favourites is the 7.71km circular route which starts from the quaint village of Beddgelert. Follow the Afon Glaslyn to Gelert’s Grave, where you’ll be able to hear about the medieval legend of Gelert, the dog.

This route loops back round to the Pass of Aberglaslyn, taking in a couple of abandoned copper mines. You’ll enjoy fabulous views at various points on this walk, connecting visitors with the spirit of Wales. Find out about this highly recommended walk!

Rhinefield Ornamental Drive Walk, New Forest

Heading to the South of England, the ancient hunting ground of King Henry VIII is now the wonderful New Forest National Park, a treasure chest of walks. The Rhinefield Ornamental Drive route takes in the majestic trees planted by a forest worker back in the 1800s. Spot non-native sequoia redwoods, conifers, azaleas & rhododendrons. This level, easy walk stops off at the Blackwater Arboretum, where your dog can explore the smells of the forest while you enjoy the collection of unusual trees.

Ponies, donkeys, cows, deer and pigs roam free within the forest. If your dog has a high prey drive, you may want to pop them on a lead on this walk.  Find the route here.

Salisbury to Stonehenge via Amesbury Walk, Wiltshire

Discover one of the Wonders of the World on this magical Wiltshire walk. The route heads across the rolling chalk farmland of Southern England, from Salisbury Cathedral, onto Old Sarum and up to Amesbury before you come across the star of the show, Stonehenge! With gentle inclines and beautiful views, the whole route is 15.8 miles long but there’s a chance to stop off for a delicious lunch at a highly-rated riverside pub. 

This walk may be a little gruelling for some people and their dogs, so there are options to shorten it and walk from Amesbury to Stonehenge. There is no better sight than crossing the downland, like the Druids of ancient times and take in the first view of the mystical stones of Stonehenge. Read more here. 

Wells Beach and Pinewoods Walk, Norfolk

This walk has something for everyone! Pine-filled woods, golden sand dunes and the bustling harbourside of Wells-Next-to-the-Sea. Breathe in the fresh sea air while your dog explores the dunes and picture-perfect coloured beach huts. A level walk, this route is suitable for all fitness levels. Don’t be put off by the distance of 7.62km. Along the way are plenty of chances to stop off for refreshments.

If you have the extra energy, there’s a chance to extend this walk to Holkham Gap. If 7.62km is enough for you, head off for some fish and chips when you are done! Explore the Wells beach walk here.

Best dog walk in the UK! Lizard Point to Mullion Cove, Cornwall

This was such a difficult decision; how do you choose the best dog walk in the UK? So, drum roll, please… the absolute best dog walk in the UK has to be Lizard Point to Mullion Cove in Cornwall!

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In our humble opinion, there are no better views than those found on this 5.5 mile walk. Taking in the most Southerly point in Britain, don’t be deceived into thinking it’s a simple route! Most of the South Coast Path walks involve some steep inclines and declines. This route is no exception! But, the crashing waves, delicate wildflowers, breathtaking views and towering cliffs make the exertion completely worth the effort.

 

Read about the Lizard Point to Mullion Cove walk here.

 

Hopefully, you’re inspired to explore one of the top 10 dog walks in the UK with your canine companion. Wherever you go to find a new adventure, we wish you and your dog a fabulous time!