Seven Best Dog Walks In The UK
Embarking on a walk with a dog by your side can be one of life’s simple pleasures. And like many dog owners, you may have frequently found yourself wondering ‘what are the best dog walks near me?’ in order to find a tranquil space to enjoy with your furry friend on a Sunday afternoon. At Rieker we’re sharing our top ten dog walks in the UK and suggesting some of the best dog walking shoes that we offer to ensure you’re ready to face a long walk in comfort and style.
Robin Hoods Bay, North Yorkshire
If you’re based in North Yorkshire or the surrounding areas, you’re bound to be well aware of the beautiful landscape of rolling hills this country has to offer, and the easy access to the stunning northern coastline. Starting off our best dog walks list we’re focusing on the small fishing village of Robin Hoods Bay, which is south of the popular town of Whitby and offers a great three mile walk which encompasses the breathtaking views of the sea from the cliff tops, before coming down to the beach. Dogs are welcome all year round at Robin Hoods Bay beach, making it popular among dog owners season after season!
Cressbrook Dales, Peak District
The Peak District is a true playground for dogs and humans alike, with so many routes to choose from and classic countryside pubs to sample! Start your dog walk at the Peak District village of Little Longstone, where you can park your car before voyaging onwards through the beauty of Derbyshire, taking in Great Longstone and relishing the scenery. Set aside a good 2 and a half hours for this dog walk that will take you on a hillside path onto the Monsal Trail, past Monsal Head and across the river before bringing you down to the water bank of Cressbrook Dale. This is a popular route that will provide many opportunities to take in the views alongside your four-legged friend.
Battersea Park, London
Capital city-dwellers with limited transport options need not worry when it comes to finding the best dog walks in the UK as there are some fantastic options right there on your London doorstep. With 200 acres of open spaces, lakes, nature spots and woodland areas to explore, Battersea Park provides a much needed breath of fresh air amongst such a bustling city. Easily accessed by National Rail services, take your dog here to let them run off steam and discover for themselves the fun of having such a sprawling Thames-side park at their disposal. There’s even a dog statue beside the Old English Garden in Battersea Park!
Bradgate Park, Leicester
Adventurous dog walkers with energetic hounds will love the wide span of 830 acres that Bradgate Park promises. Spread across the park are tearooms for visitors, a war memorial, the ruins of Bradgate House and Leicestershire’s shortest river – River Lin. Originally reserved as a deer park, several areas of Bradgate Park will require you to keep your dog on a lead and keep your distance from The Deer Herd – though catching even a glimpse of these animals will be exciting enough!
Llŷn Peninsula, Wales
The striking Welsh coastline is undoubtedly best discovered on foot and the Llŷn Peninsula in Wales certainly offers plenty for both you and your dog to explore for an afternoon walk that promises a fun splash in the sea. Follow the footpath along the beach to the fishing village Porthdinllaen and stop for a rest at the Tŷ Coch Inn for a leisurely drink sat outside in the sunshine, before playing a much needed game of fetch on Llanbedrog beach and dipping your toes (and paws!) into the refreshing sea.
Tentsmuir Forest, Fife
Family dog walks are a special way to spend time together, and by visiting the Tentsmuir Forest in Fife, Scotland, there are plenty of things to explore. Encourage the kids to bring their bikes and ride alongside you and the dog in the pine-scented forest before reaching the beach for a spot of seashell collecting. The Tentsmuir Time Line Trail is also great for summer holidays as it involves finding historically designed sculptures along it as an educational extra.
Sycamore Gap, Northumberland
For a moderate circular dog walk which entails of 5.2 miles over roughly 3 hours, we suggest the picturesque Sycamore Gap walk along Hadrians Wall. Starting and finishing at a visitor centre, the official route details a history filled walk via the Roman Military Way alongside the infamous wall through woodland before reaching Hotbank Crags and taking in Crag Lough before getting to the iconic Sycamore Gap. Expect snaking banks and stiles to cross but perfect for lively dogs!
The best shoes for dog walking
We all know that our beloved dogs can keep us on our toes, so when it comes to walking them in the great outdoors, you’re going to want to opt for shoes that will keep you on the right path! At Rieker we offer a great range of shoes for dog walking that are designed to support your feet and look great at the same time.
The Rieker womens trainers are perfect for popping on before heading out on a dog walk due to their flexible soles that can work well on any terrain, whether you opt for a hillside walk or a relaxing stroll alongside a river. For those rocky hillside dog walks, the ladies Rieker trainers with a serrated edge sole will provide much needed grip, especially for winter dog walks. Misty morning dog walks will be brightened up no end with a pair of vibrant multi-coloured Rieker trainers for a playful touch to your dog walking attire.
For men, our selection of Rieker mens trainers act as the best dog walking shoes for your days out as a family. An efficient sole on the bottom of the Rieker mens trainers work as an effective shock absorber for a more comfortable fit on long walks. The combination of a sturdy sole and soft fabric upper with lace up fastening make Rieker trainers the perfect dog walking shoes for men and women.