PET FRIENDLY: 6 of the UK’s Most Beautiful Dog Walks

Beautiful UK dog walks routes maps

We’ve teamed up with Sykes Cottages to bring you six of the UK’s most beautiful dog walks, complete with downloadable maps and a bevy pet-friendly cottages if you fancy making a weekend of it. 

If the idea of fresh country air, a good stretch of the legs and some seriously breathtaking scenery sounds like just the ticket, take the lead (literally) with six UK’s most beautiful dog walks.

As hand-picked by Sykes Cottages, we bring you gems from the Lake District, Norfolk and the South West – brimming with historic sites for you to sniff out, beautiful wildlife for you to discover and some of the most stunning coastal views around.

Cape Cornwall Dog Walk Route Map

South West: St Just & Cape Cornwall

Distance: 4.8 miles

St Just-in-Penwith is a town boasting many layers of history. It began as a monastic settlement before becoming a medieval village, and then evolved to become a mining town in the 19th century. Those of you interested in history are sure to enjoy the route, while all the old buildings and varying terrain keep things exciting for even the more discerning four-legged rambler.

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Porthkidney sands dog walk route map

South West: Porthkidney Sands

Distance: 2 miles

Porthkidney Sands is a dog-friendly beach, so if your pooch fancies running in the spray, playing with some washed-up seaweed and leaving with a gloriously sandy coat, take your them on this wonderful walk. Not only does the surrounding area promise boundless fun for doggies, you can enjoy the sight of beautiful wildflowers and migratory birds along the way. What’s more, aside from often-chilly sea winds, it’s a comfortable walk to take, without too many steep ups and downs.

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lake district dog walk and dog friendly cottages

Lake District: Cartmel 

Distance: 6.5 miles

This is a great walk for a bit of peace and quiet, or for when your hound wants to exercise their bark unencumbered by competitors. Threading through woodland and picturesque meadows, it’s no bowl full of meaty chunks, but it’s a sight to behold.

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Grasmere Lake District dog walk route map and dog friendly cottages

Lake Distrtrict Grasmere to Rydal

Distance: 5.4 miles

If your dog is currently suffering from slipper-guilt (they’re so chewable and hard to resist!), they may like to indulge you with the Grasmere to Rydal walk. This route presents the opportunity to visit the graves of William Wordsworth and his family at Grasmere’s St Oswald’s Church, not to mention the chance to look at some yew trees planted by the poet himself. You can also tuck into some grub and have a mooch with the pooch around the variety of shops and pubs in Grasmere.

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norfolk dog walk route map and dog friendly cottages

Norfolk: Cromer Town 

Distance: 2.6 miles

Quashing that rumour that dogs can’t look up, the Cromer Parish Church which boasts the tallest medieval tower in the county, gives dogs something worth looking up for. Leave your eager hound outside while you pop into the Cromer Museum on Church Street then make it up to them with the amazing walk that’s to follow – so good it rivals an ear scratch.

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norfolk dog walk route and dog friendly cottages

Norfolk: Weybourne to Sheringham

Distance: 3.2 miles

With plenty of exciting flora and fauna to sniff – including marram grass and sea thrift – and coastal birds to bark at, this is a city-dwelling dog’s dream come true. Explore the Weybourne cliffs and the ruins of the Weybourne Priory in the churchyard, not to mention fascinating WW2 defensive structures along the coast. This walk is as good as any string of sausages stolen from the butchers – and it’ll get them in less trouble!

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Sara is the Founder & Editor of StyleTails. A writer, design-lover and long-time animal-hugger, Sara launched StyleTails in 2012 to inspire people live a more beautiful life with their four-legged friends. Along with her canine sidekick George, a rescue Yorkie with a big attitude, Sara regularly commentates on luxury pet product and lifestyle trends and has been featured in Elle Decoration, BBC Radio, and is also an expert contributor to WGSN, the leading design trend forecaster.

1 Comment

  • Reply March 21, 2015


    You just can’t beat the Lake District for dog walks! However I thought Brean Beach might have been on this list for dog walking, 3 miles of sand and dogs allowed all year round. Very nice place too.

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