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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!