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I’m sure all you dog lovers out there are fully aware of how spookily smart your canine companions can be at times, but did you know that they can also read and write? Well, they can! Recently, one such clever pooch contacted us to ask if we’d be interested in featuring a collection of his favourite walks on the Sykes website, and, curious to hear what this fuzzy mastermind had come up with, we accepted his offer.

‘Take the Lead- A Guide to Great Dog Walks’, is a superb dog walking guide aimed directly at the fourlegged explorer in your family. Featuring a hound’s eye view of some of the best dog walks in England, this informative, engaging and suspiciously witty guide is perfect for when you want to discover never-before-seen surroundings and go off the beaten track with your beloved pooch. Here at Sykes Cottages, we’re delighted to put our name to the work of this well-travelled canine, and hope that you and your dog enjoy this lovable mutt’s musings as much as we did. For a sneaky peek at some of our favourite meaty morsels from this charming guide to England’s best dog walks, read on!

Let loose in the Lakes

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The Lake District has been one of Britain’s favourite walking destinations for centuries, so it’s hardly surprising that this striking national park has been given the wag of approval by our fourlegged friend too. Delight in the cheekiness of our canine chaperone as you traverse the beautiful Coniston Fells; pay your respects to William Wordsworth and his family in St Oswald’s Church; enjoy a game of fetch amongst the daffodils of Dora’s Garden; and treat your pooch to a few tasty titbits from Grasmere’s Gingerbread Shop after you’ve returned from your ramble around the inspiring Rydal Water.

Enjoy a nosey around Norfolk

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From romps along the Norfolk Coast Path to revealing strolls around the historic streets of Cromer, our dewy-nosed explorer has sniffed out some truly wonderful dog walks in Norfolk. Take a 2.5 mile leg stretch around Cromer Town, past its medieval church, Victorian hospital and picturesque Happy Valley. Or, opt for a brisk walk along the Norfolk Coast Path between Weybourne and Sheringham, where you and your pooch can discover all manner of intriguing flora, bark playfully at seabirds and explore weather beaten WW2 defences that have been left to waste away beside the sea.

Go wild in the South West

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  Click here to visit our guide of great Dog Walks in the UK

With a beach that dogs are actually ALLOWED on and a town bursting with local history, our four legged adventurer really has spoilt his fellow pooches with his choice of great dog walks in South West England. As a dog friendly beach, Porthkidney Sands is the perfect place for you and your pal to paddle in the surf, hike up wildflower pecked cliffs and sprawl out on soft, golden sand; whilst a walk in the historic mining town of St Just is just the place to quench your yearning for history and heritage.

For your chance to follow in the paw shaped footsteps of our intrepid canine guide, book a pet friendly holiday cottage in Cornwall, Norfolk or the Lake District with Sykes Cottages. We’ve over 2,000 dog friendly cottages in the UK, so follow your nose, make like a dog and sniff out your favourite today!

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