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It’s no secret that we Brits love our dogs. From the Queen’s corgis to Crufts, we are a nation obsessed. To celebrate our fondness for canines, we’ve picked some of the top dog-friendly walks around the UK for you to enjoy.

These five walks offer plenty of open spaces and new smells to discover, which are sure to get your dog’s tail wagging, while you enjoy some quality time with your four-legged chum.


1. Mullion and Poldhu, Cornwall

This spectacular 4.5 mile walk along the Cornish coast is a real treat for dog walkers, combining both easy clifftop walking and captivating coastal views. Taking roughly an hour and a half to complete, this route is perfect for less experienced walkers. There are even dog-friendly pubs dotted about the route where you can stop off for refreshments. This walk also passes the dog-friendly beach at Polurrian Cove where your pooch can run along the shore and have a good old play on the sand!

For full details on this walk, visit www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk


2. Lamachan Hill and Curleywee, Dumfries and Galloway

At an impressive 10.25 miles, this walk is best suited to experienced walkers and dogs that are used to long treks. The walk takes six to seven hours to complete and covers a rough terrain with some overgrown paths. Although challenging, this walk is more than worth the effort, with superb views over Wigtown Bay on offer, as well as plenty of open spaces for your dog to explore. In such majestic surroundings, it’s a wonderful place for letting canine companions discover the sights and sounds of the Scottish countryside.

For full details on this walk please visit www.walkhighlands.co.uk


3. Aberffraw to Porth Cwyfan, Anglesey

This coastal Welsh walk is ideal for dogs that like to dip their paws in the ocean and get a sniff of the salty sea air. At just 4.3 miles long, this route should take dog walkers no more than an hour and a half to complete and, as it covers a relatively flat terrain, it’s suitable for all skill levels. The route boasts fantastic cliff top views and a number of great spots to let your dog run free off the lead. If you feel like extending the walk, we suggest a stroll across to Cwyfan Church, which is situated on its own little island, accessible once the tide is out.

For full details on this walk please visit www.mudandroutes.com


4. Flamborough Head, Yorkshire

If you’re new to walking or have an older dog that needs to take things a little slower, this one hour walk is perfect for you. Following a clear grassy path, the route benefits from amazing views of the lighthouse and surrounding countryside, as well as plenty of space for your dog to explore off the lead. This area is rich with wildlife so, although you can let your dog off the lead, there will be areas where you need to keep your pooch under close control.

For full details on this walk please visit dogwalksyorkshire.com


5. Wetton Hill and Thor’s Cave, Peak District

Lasting roughly an hour and a half, this 3.8 mile walk is perfect for taking in the beauty of the Manifold Valley. However, the uphill nature of this walk means it should only be tackled by energetic dogs. The White Peak area of Staffordshire is renowned for its dramatic rock formations, and the route allows you to explore the awe-inspiring Thor’s Cave, which dominates this part of the valley from the top of the towering outcrop within which it lies. The scenic views from the mouth of the cave are also well worth the climb and your dog will love exploring all the cave’s nooks and crannies.

For full details on this walk, visit www.walkthepeakdistrict.co.uk


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