Walking our furry friends is such an important part of dog ownership. If you’re borrowing a dog, you might not know the best places to go, so we hope to inspire you with these five local wagtastic walking spots for you and your doggy, borrowed or owned, in Cardiff.
In the heart of Cardiff city is Pontcanna Fields and Sophia Gardens. The fields and gardens run alongside the River Taff, and cover a vast area. Tree-lined avenues and riverside walks make this an ideal space for you and your pooch to explore.
The parkland is grade 2 listed and has an impressive range of sporting facilities including the Glamorgan County Cricket Ground and National Sports Centre for Wales.
Plan your dog walk to Pontcanna Fields and Sophia Gardens here.
The so-called “green heart” of Cardiff is Bute Park. A short walk away from Sophia Gardens across the River Taff, Bute Park is one of the largest urban parks in Wales and one of the UK's largest and most beautiful parks. With 56 hectares of land for you and your dog to explore, you’re guaranteed a good day out.
Inside the park you’ll find a broad mix of historic landscape, urban woodland, sports pitches, arboretum, horticultural features and river corridor. As Visit Cardiff says: “Few cities have such a spacious green area in the heart of their city.“
Plan your dog walk to Bute Park here.
Situated in the Canton district of Cardiff, Victoria Park is described by Cardiff Council as one of their “best loved parks.” A grade 2 listed Victorian Park with lots to offer local dog walkers, Victoria Park is a bit smaller than its city centre counterparts, covering almost 20 acres, but has just as much character!
The original model boating and paddling pool still exist within the grounds of the park and a replica of the original bandstand, which was demolished after it fell into disrepair. Victoria Park is recognised as one of the best maintained in the Cardiff area and has received a Green Flag Award. It has also been used for location filming for Doctor Who episodes
Plan your dog walk to Victoria Park here.
In the northern suburbs of the city lies Heath Park, 37 acres of doggy heaven including woodland areas, ponds and wetland. The park is also home to the Heath Park Model Railway and a great pitch and putt course.
There are huge grassy fields which are ideal for frolicking pooches, and shops and cafes are closeby should you fancy a coffee stop post walk. The park is located just behind University Hospital of Wales and is a great place for a picnic in the summer.
Plan your dog walk to Heath Park here.
Deemed Cardiff’s “most popular public park” by Cardiff Council, Roath Park is a large, long and narrow Victorian park that boasts a lake, botanic garden, adventure playground, cafe and sports facilities. Like Victoria Park, Roath Park has recently been awarded the prestigious Green Flag award.
Within the 130 acre park lies Roath Park Lake - a 30 acre man-made lake and home to The Scott Memorial Lighthouse, which is one of Cardiff's iconic images.
Plan your dog walk to Roath Park here.
High paws and thanks to our pawsome pals at Walkiees for their contribution. We hope you’re as excited about your next dog walk as we are.
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