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We hope to help you enjoy a dog friendly holiday or day out with your dog in England , Scotland or Wales by suggesting suitable walks for you and your canine best friend to enjoy together. We have gathered a variety of routes to meet a range of dogs' needs and became more aware of these as Hamish aged (he once thought nothing of 15 miles with a mountain in the way but managed very little in later life). Hamish, Lottie or Tia walked many routes listed. We welcome further contributions where routes are suitable for dogs (please see copyright and data use page) but will use our experience in deciding what to include in our UK-wide dog friendly walks directory.
Walking instructions are free for private use and printer friendly versions are available. You don't have to walk with a dog to enjoy these routes and we know groups of ramblers will be welcomed by many of our dog friendly pubs and places to eat advertisers. Some routes also have GPX files available for those with appropriate devices to use then with. The files were generated by use when we walked with our canine companion and, as we got to the end so should you.
If you are not used to walking longer distances, especially in hills and mountains, we suggest you take care to plan for your own and dogs' comfort and safety. Even when Hamish could keep going all day - longer than us when he was young - he needed regular drinks, especially in hot weather. We often carried at least a litre of water for him and supplemented this with clear running supplies we encountered on the walk (he'd normally only drink from his own bowl though!). Please consider your dog's need for a drink, safety (a harness might be important in the hills if your dog is not very well behaved and agile) and clear up where you need to.
Whilst we take care to ensure walking instructions are easy to follow Dogpeople Limited cannot, and do not, guarantee complete accuracy of all details. Users of instructions must accept the possibility of errors or omissions and any consequences arising there from. Routes can look different at different times of the year and landowners may change fence lines or access through them. Felling trees can make a difference - even in comparing 'the ground' with Ordnance Survey maps. Please take these possibilities into account before setting off. Please note most routes show the date we walked and provide other information for dog owners in the heading bar.
Beaches: our directories include information about dog friendliness of some beaches - and restrictions imposed by dog control orders. This information comes from councils (who have responsibility for the dog control orders) and includes hyperlinks to their websites (where, we hope, you will be able to find the latest information to help you and your dog enjoy a walk on a beach).
Even in National Parks we occasionally found it difficult to find places for Hamish to really stretch his legs. Sheep and other livestock were the main reason. We were confident Hamish wouldn't hurt any of these but he would almost certainly have made them run; so we always kept him on his lead when farm animals were around. We found forest and woodland walks help overcome this problem. Even for a full day's walking we tried to plan sections of them into the route so Hamish had the chance to explore beyond the end of his extending lead. Blean Woods were Hamish's favourite place for local walks in Kent.
Another problem in planning enjoyable dog walking holidays is stiles, especially on longer walks. Step stiles over dry stone walls are especially difficult. Hamish was never good at these and had to be lifted – not desirable for him or us, especially when he was wet and muddy! We find long distance paths tend to have fewer ‘dog unfriendly' stiles and bridle paths nearly always have gates. A short diversion will sometimes allow passage through a farm gate as an alternative to lifting your dog. Always ensure you leave gates as you find them. We endeavour to give warning of stiles and other problems in walking instructions.