April is Active Dog Month, so what better time to highlight 5 of our favourite dog walks.
These amazing walks take in the best sights that the UK has to offer.
As a dog owner, there aren’t many better feelings in life than being able to take yours out for a walk.
The feeling of joy as you let them off the lead.
The feeling of being surrounded by nature.
The feeling of being able to truly connect with man’s best friend.
Which is why we’ve provided five of the very best, one-of-a-kind, dog-walking destinations that will help you enjoy all those feelings – time and time again.
Rhossili Bay, Gower
The UK’s very first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Rhossili Bay offers seemingly endless miles of open, sandy beach, iconic coastline and intriguing trails – perfect for dogs and their respective owners alike. So much so, in fact, that The Times nominated it as ‘The UK’s No.1 dog-friendly beach.’ And you can’t argue with that, can you?
The Langdales, Cumbria
This is one for the adventurous types who love a bit of a challenge. This area offers what the National Trust themselves describe as "an adventure playground of rugged slopes, craggy summits and a cracking pint" (the route starts at a National Trust-owned pub called Sticklebarn!). What more could you possibly want from a dog-walking destination?
Derwentwater, Lake District
Even by the Lake District’s pretty incredible standards, this 10-mile walk really is something else. Nicknamed Queen of the Lakes, Derwentwater comprises a series of flat and friendly paths that pass through enchanting woods and hug the lake’s shores. And, with cafes, restaurants and picnic spots aplenty; dog walking doesn’t get much better than this.
Another National Trust treasure, The Stourhead estate provides not one bit two dog-walking options: pick between its countryside areas and its stunning landscape gardens. For a walk that's steeped in history, we'd recommend the five-mile trail that takes you to King Alfred's Tower. It's a 160ft tower that is believed to be where King Alfred the Great rallied his troops back in 878. A lesson in history for you - and an exciting day out for your dog!
Torridon, Northwest Highlands
Last, but by no means least, Torridon. The Scottish Highlands at their very best, Torridon combines breathtaking mountain rages with spectacular vistas wide open spaces with natural wildlife. Dogs are allowed off-lead, but make sure you keep your wits about you and stay aware of the nearby wildlife and livestock. It's a walk that's guaranteed to live long in both your memories.