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Dog Walking in Canterbury
Whether you own a dog or are interested in walking a dog in Canterbury. There are numerous parks and open spaces for you and your dog to enjoy, we’ve listed a few of our favourite’s below.
Great Stour Tour
If you like to explore whilst you walk, there is no better way to get to know a city than by taking a tour. The Great Stour tour as it’s commonly known, flows through the city and Canterbury Historic River Tours offers one of the most enjoyable insights into the city’s past. They are dog friendly and regularly accomodate dogs on their award winning tours.
Dane John Gardens
Nestled in the middle of the Canterbury city walls is Dane John Gardens, a historic park which dates back to the 1500’s. Stroll up to the top of the mound, which has been there since the first century AD, and take in the beautiful views. A perfect place for dog walking in Canterbury.
A great spot for a dog walk within the city walls and not far from Canterbury East Station is Westgate Gardens. The Gardens are beside River Stour, next to Westgate Towers, the city’s 600 year old gatehouse and is home to a Victorian Tower House. There is a lot of open space and lots to discover with your family and of course the gardens are dog friendly.
There’s something exciting about a trip to the seaside and it’s great to see a happy pup bounding along the shore. So why not head to Whitstable beach, where dogs are permitted on the beach and what’s better it’s only a short 25 minute drive from Canterbury. With great places to grab a bite to eat along the coast, you’re pretty much set for the whole day.
St Augustine’s Abbey
If you enjoy dog walks in Canterbury with a little bit of history thrown in, head to St Augustine’s Abbey. Founded in 597 AD, St Augustine’s Abbey is pooch friendly, and welcomes dogs on leads to explore the grounds. There is also a free audio tour as well as a VR experience so visitors can ‘walk’ through parts of the 16th-century monastery and experience the site in an immersive way.
Where to eat in Canterbury with your dog
If you’re looking for somewhere to eat after exploring the sites, why not stop by one of these dog friendly places to refuel.
The Fordwich Arms
A country pub serving traditional pub meals with a wide range of beers, wines and spirits. The Fordwich Arms is a very short drive from the city centre and a great spot for larger parties. There is also a pleasant riverside garden to chill with your pooch and The Stour Valley Walk is nearby, if you feel like an an afternoon stroll.
The Black Griffin
Smack bang in the heart of Canterbury with a good selection of wines and ales is The Black Griffin. As well as being dog friendly, this pub is known for its chatty bar staff, local beers and a great whiskey selection. Definitely worth a paw stop.
The White Hart
Away from the hustle and bustle of the city is The White Hart. Your dog will be greeted with a biscuit, and water is readily available. For the humans there are great homemade pies and hot drinks, promising happy owners and happy dogs.
If you’re dog sitting in Canterbury and don’t feel like heading out for food with your pup don’t worry we have a host of dog friendly recipes, you can make in the comfort of your own home.
Local vets in Canterbury
Whether you are a dog sitter in Canterbury or own a dog and are looking for a new local vets we have found a few around the city.
Located inside Pets at Home Canterbury, just a short drive from the city centre. They are fully equipped for your dog’s general check ups and for any emergencies that may arise.
Barton Veterinary Hospital and Surgery
Closer to Canterbury city is Barton Veterinary Hospital and Surgery, they are a small animal hospital established in 1800 and are passionate about animals, providing the highest quality care for your pets.
Ancare Veterinary Surgery
This is another small animal practice conveniently located in the heart of Canterbury. They offer a range of services for dogs, cats and other animals from their dedicated team of vet and nurses.
Pet shops in Canterbury
Pets at Home
With a store just outside Canterbury they have a range of products and services from pet food, dog toys and beds to a Groom Room.
West of Canterbury is Pets Corner. Supplying natural pet foods, treats toys and grooming as well as treatments, there really is something for every pup.
An independently owned pet shop with over 20 years experience they cater for all of your pet’s need from collars and leads to bedding and accessories.
Whether you’re looking for someone to walk your dog in Canterbury or would like to find a two legged friend for your pup why not check out BorrowMyDoggy. Creating a profile is free, so why not sign up and check out the borrowers in your area.