5 best dog walks for the bank holiday
Dogs like nothing more than a good walk. What better way is there on this bank holiday for you (and them) to have fun and keep fit? We are truly blessed with some incredible locations to take our best furry friends on walks. With rugged coastline, picturesque countryside, and 15 spectacular National Parks there's no shortage of fantastic dog walks in the UK. From clifftop routes to ancient woodlands, here, we share our pick of some of the best walking routes, dog-friendly parks, beaches and trails to enjoy with your dog.
Rhossili beach, Gower
Rhossili beach on the Gower coast of Wales is known as one of the best beaches in the UK. All the beaches on the Gower peninsula are dog-friendly all year round. Venture onto the white sand of Rhossili Bay beach to find three miles of sandy shoreline, and perhaps seals or dolphins playing in the surf. Check tide times before you set out, bring a ball and have fun.
Stonebarrow Hill and Golden Cap, Dorset
The South West Coast Path offers plenty of walking for you and your furry friend. There are miles of footpaths to explore many offering magnificent views across the Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Join the path at Stonebarrow Hill, near Charmouth for a two-mile circular walk in this designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Your dog will love splashing in the sea afterward at Charmouth’s east beach (after 6 pm during the summer months).
This may well become your favourite place for a game of fetch. The wide-open spaces are breathtaking as you traverse rolling Devonshire countryside, marveling at distant views of orchards and gardens. There's a glorious landscape garden beside the fine 18th century Killerton House surrounded by parkland with rare and giant trees.
Plymbridge Woods, Plymouth
This brisk circular walk through the oak woodlands beside the River Plym is perfect for all types and sizes of dogs. Take in breathtaking views across the valley from the red trail while dogs are well entertained by the varied terrain. Along the path, you may well spot sea trout, peregrine falcons, dippers, kingfishers, deer, and other wildlife.
Ashridge Estate, Hertfordshire
Let your dog run free through the ancient trees, rolling chalk downlands and lush meadows dominating this estate. Ashridge is not only rich in wildlife, but it also abounds with history. Take a well-earned rest with your canine pal atop Ivinghoe Beacon, from which you can spot Bronze Age burial mounds, prehistoric earthwork and the rutted 'cattle drovers' reflecting centuries of farming heritage.
We hope you enjoy our sections and will get out there and explore these great places together with your pawsome friend. Have your own favorite walks? Share them with us and the whole Pawshake pet sitter community.