The 7 Best Winter Walks With Your Dog

best winter dog walks london

It might be cold, wet and frosty, but winter still has its charms – as anyone who’s seen their dog frolic in a fresh fall of snow will agree. And as long as you’re wrapped up warm, braving the outdoors during these dark months doesn’t have to be so bad. In fact, we think these seven dog walks are all the better for the crisp air and chilly breezes…

Seven Sisters Birling Gap Sussex
Seven Sister & Birling Gap (Image: nationaltrust.org.uk)
  1. SEVEN SISTERS & BIRLING GAP, SUSSEX

There’s a bracing coastal walk to be had along the South Downs Way, which follows the shore from Birling Gap to BelleTout Lighthouse. The views are stunning, and depending on how you plan your route, you can start or end with a log fire at the 15th centuryTiger Inn in East Dean.

West Wittering Beach Sussex
West Wittering (Image: West Wittering Beach)

2. WEST WITTERING, WEST SUSSEX

One of the best bits about winter is that the summer restrictions on dogs-on-beaches are lifted. Your pooch can run free at this sandy beach, although we’d recommend staying out of the icy waves.

Parkland London
Parkland Walk (Image: perceptivetravel.com)

3. PARKLAND WALK, LONDON

Once a railway line, Parkland Walk is now London’s longest nature reserve – stretching almost three miles. It’s worth braving the cold for, with its abundance of trees and wildlife and its hidden Spriggan sculpture by artist Marilyn Collins.

Hackney Marshes
Hackney Marshes (Image: Wikipedia)

4. HACKNEY MARSHES, LONDON

There’s woods, canals and wide open fields to be found on Hackney Marshes, which is hugely popular with local dog walkers. It’s even better in winter, when it’s been covered with a light dusting of frost and the ground is extra crunchy.

Middlesex Filter Beds
Middlesex Filter Beds (Image: Paula Haughney, commons.wikimedia.org)

5. MIDDLESEX FILTER BEDS, LONDON

Once an industrial area, this ten-acre section of the Lee Valley is now home to 60 different species of bird as well as toads, frogs, newts and dragonflies – plenty for your dog to discover. Wanderers might be able to discover the giant granite throne that’s hidden among the filter beds.

Box Hill Surrey
Box Hill (Image: visitsurrey.com)

6. BOX HILL, SURREY

Few things warm you up more on a winter’s day than a hike up a hill. This one’s well worth the effort for its expansive views across the North Downs. Cold hands? Heat them up with a good cuppa from the nearby Box Hill cafe.

Polesden Lacey Surrey
Polesdon Lacy (Image: visitsurrey.com)

7. POLESDON LACEY, SURREY

This Edwardian home never looks better than when it’s had a dusting of snow, and there’s plenty of places to admire it from its 1,400 acres of grounds. You can ramble across the ancient woodland, or head to Ranmore Common if it’s scenic views you’re after.

Emma Tucker is a London-based writer and editor, who's been covering all things design-related for the past six years. After studying English Literature she spent several years working at magazines including Dezeen and Creative Review, before going freelance. Emma's now a regular contributor to several magazines, including The Spaces and Pitch, and also works with design brands on copywriting and editorial projects. On a day-to-day basis she's assisted by puppy PA and cockapoo Bear.

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