Winter Dog Walks in the UK
There are so many incredible walks across the UK that are suitable for all times of the year. But we wanted to highlight just a few scenic walks that will conjure the winter spirit while you are out dog walking. Whether you are going on a winter break or you are local to these areas, we think you will find stunning scenery, great history and the pawfect walk for you and your borrowed or owned dog.
Yorkshire: Haworth Village
Walking around Haworth village is a perfect activity around Christmas time when the streets are lit with Christmas lights and the shop windows have sweet displays in them. Famous for being home to the Bronte sisters in the 19th century, you can visit their home town and learn more about their lives and works. Alternatively, you can complete the 3.6 mile Bronte waterfall loop.
London: Richmond Park
For classic winter scenery that includes deer, woodland and heath, it has to be Richmond Park. With a variety of choices on where to walk and trails to follow, you could spend hours exploring just a small section of this 2500 acre park. Dogs are not allowed in certain areas and should be kept on a lead in some areas, including around the deer. But aside from that, they are very welcome!
Cumbria: Ullswater Lake
Ullswater is the second largest lake in the Lake District and is surrounded by mountains which offer the chance for a breathtaking walk with lots of photo opportunities. The entire walk is 20 miles which takes you around the whole lake. You can break up your walk with a trip on the dog-friendly steamboats that operate here.
Ireland: Wicklow mountains
The Wicklow mountains cover a huge area in county Wicklow. There are lots of walks to choose from but the most popular is the Spinc Loop. This 4 hour route takes you uphill for views across Glendalough and past monastic ruins including a tower that looks like something from a fairytale! Adventurous dogs will love this hike but the park requests they are kept on leads at all times and of course, you should clear up after them.
Warwickshire: Stratford upon Avon
For a historical walk, Stratford Upon Avon has lots to offer. Wander the cobbled streets past Shakespeare’s House and through their Victorian Christmas Market. Extend your walk by exploring their waterways on a 1.5-mile loop along the river. If you want to try something a little different, there is a dog-friendly ghost walk that takes you on a walking tour around the town!
The Cotswolds: Broadway Tower and Country Park
Designed by Capability Brown in the 18th century, the Broadway tower has had incredible artists stay when the tower was a countryside retreat. The surrounding park has a herd of deer, a cafe that has dog-friendly seating, as well as the option to have a picnic along their circular walk (weather permitting).
Barmouth: The Mawddach Trail
The full Mawddach Trail stretches 9 miles and follows an old railway track. There are multiple points where you can join the trail so you don’t have to complete the whole trail. You can enjoy some of the beauty of Snowdonia with stunning scenery across the estuary.
Scottish Highlands: Loch Morlich, Cairngorms National Park
The Cairngorms has so much to offer over its expansive location. If you want a pleasant, flat walk around the Loch or you want to explore some woodland, Loch Morlich is the ideal place to start. Dogs are free to roam here and there are plenty of dog-friendly pubs to warm up at after a brisk walk.
Have you tried one of these walks out or do you have a favourite winter walk that you always return to? We’d love to hear about your experience and see photos of your dogs hiking, so make sure to tag us on our social media!
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