As Christmas approaches and winter sets in, the colder weather shouldn’t deter you from going on a nice long walk with your furry friend. There are lots of beautiful places across the country that are pawfect for a festive stroll. We’ve selected our favourites from across the UK and Ireland, so why not wrap up warm and try out one of these wagtastic winter walks.
Bushy Park, England
Perhaps less well known, but no less beautiful, Bushy Park is the second largest of London’s eight Royal Parks. Home to the famous Chestnut Avenue and located near Hampton Court Palace, this park has a mixture of woods, gardens, ponds and grasslands for you and your pooch to explore. If you’re feeling festive, then you can buy your Christmas Tree from Pines and Needles, located in the Diana Car Park.
Balmoral Castle, Scotland
Heading north of the border for the festive season? Why not plan a trip to one of the Royal family’s residencies at Balmoral Castle. During August, September and October the grounds, gardens and exhibitions are closed to the Public as The Royal Family are in residence, but come the winter, there is lots for you and your dog to enjoy at this magnificent (and dog-friendly!) estate.
Carreg Cennen Castle, Wales
The striking Carreg Cennen Castle, which was voted the most romantic castle in Wales by viewers of BBC’s Countryfile, is located on the western fringe of the Brecon Beacons National Park. The surrounding land is a great place for a dog walk! This great walking map of the area, courtesy of BBC Wales, routes out a 5.5mile circular walk that your dog will absolutely adore!
Glenariff Forest Park, Northern Ireland
According to Discover Northern Ireland, “Winter creates the perfect backdrop to explore this mature woodland.” There are various lovely trails that you and your dog can enjoy, including several walking trails through the forest which give spectacular views and glimpses of wildlife. Dogs must remain on the lead, but there are plenty of sights and sounds that you can both enjoy as you ramble.
Ballycotton Cliffs, Republic of Ireland
For wonderful views and a lovely winter walk then head to Ballycotton Cliffs in Co. Cork. The Ballycotton Cliff walk is from the village of Ballycotton to Ballyandreen beach along a cliff track. The route covers 5 miles and is rich in wildlife. Once you and your dog have completed the walk, you can stop in to the village for a hot drink to warm you up.
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