Great Places to Walk Your Dog in Manchester

Great Places to Walk Your Dog in Manchester

7 March 2023

If you’re wondering ‘where can I walk my dog in Manchester?’ you’re in luck! There are tons of super places for you and your pup to stretch your legs.

One to add to the list is Jumbles country park and reservoir. The walk around the reservoir takes over an hour with pretty views and the advantage of the lake. Dogs can be let off their lead, there is an easy car park, and a cafe. What’s not to love?

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An alternative for dog walks in Manchester, is Clifton Country Park (for more see below👇 ) which includes a nature trail and visitor centre, along with a beautiful lake where you can enjoy fishing or feeding the ducks. The park is even the proud winner of the Green Flag award - you and your pup are guaranteed to have a great day out.

With 600 acres, Heaton Park (for more see below👇 ) has lots to explore! Let your pooch sniff out the ornamental gardens and woodlands, or perhaps check out the ducks on the boating lake. There is a delicious family-friendly cafe serving traditional afternoon tea and tasty lunches should you need some refreshment on your day out.

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 Manchester.

Clayton Vale

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Clayton Vale is a local nature reserve in the east of Manchester within the heart of the Medlock Valley, with Medlock River flowing through the middle. Whether you and your dog enjoy a riverside ramble or a woodland walk, you’ll find it at Clayton Vale.

There are nature walks and pathways across the Vale and fantastic wildlife to observe throughout - butterflies, dragonflies, squirrels and many different birds. With four square miles of urban countryside to enjoy, there’s no doubt your dog will come home with a waggy tail.

Plan your dog walk to Clayton Vale .

Clifton Country Park

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Almost 120 acres of woods, meadows, ponds and a lake make up Clifton Country Park. There are self guided trails for you and your dog to explore but be careful not to get lost in this north west Manchester Local Nature Reserve.

If you’re interested in the industrial past of Manchester, then a trip to Clifton can be educational too, as the remains of Wet Earth Colliery, which was established around 1740, can be found in the country park.

Plan your dog walk to Clifton Country Park.

Dovestone Reservoir

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Situated slightly further away from the city centre is Dovestone Reservoir in Oldham. Constructed in 1967, Dovestone Reservoir is part of the Peak District National Park and well worth a visit for the more adventurous dog walkers out there.

The area provides spectacular views and you and your dog will both enjoy exploring in this popular and beautiful spot. The council provides a great walking guide that you can download here and maintains that there is an extensive network of footpaths and considerable moorland area with open access.

Plan your dog walk at Dovestone Reservoir here.

Heaton Park

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Not only is Heaton Park the largest park in Manchester, it’s also the largest municipal park in Europe! Situated a few miles north of the city centre, Heaton Park is a hub of activity all year round thanks to it’s endless activities and packed events schedule.

For our furry friends, there is a huge amount of parkland to explore and play fetch in. The park covers over 600 acres of land, so you’re sure to get a good stretch of the legs on your visit. There’s lots to see too, as Heaton Park is listed Grade 2 on the English Heritage Register of Parks and is home to nine listed structures.

Plan your dog walk to Heaton Park.

Platt Fields Park

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In the south of the city is Platt Fields Park, an Edwardian public park with a lovely boating lake. Described by some as a very peaceful place to walk your dog, there are both on and off lead areas where you and your dog can enjoy the open space and lovely scenery of Platt Hall.

In addition to the boating lake, dogs and owners alike will be happy to know that the park also boasts wooded glades with walkways throughout, hilly areas, including one high one used for flying kites, several large expanses of grass and a secluded freshwater brook that runs through the park.

Plan your dog walk to Platt Fields Park.

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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