It’s National Walk Your Dog Week! Our favourite dog walking spots in the UK

It's National Walk Your Dog Week! Best places to walk your dog in the UK
Dogs love nothing more than a good, long walk! It’s National Walk Your Dog Week! ©Andrii Podilnyk, Unsplash

It’s National Walk Your Dog Week, and that can only mean one thing: It’s time for you and your pooch to get off that sofa and out into the fresh air! To celebrate, we’re sharing our pick of the best places in the UK to walk your dog.

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Whether you’re the proud owner of a Labrador, poodle, or collie, National Walk Your Dog Week is the perfect time to spend some quality time with your best mate. Not only is it good for them, but it’s great for your health, too – both physically and mentally.

Why is walking your dog so important?

We’re guessing you love your dog, right? But without regular walks and exercise, it’s unlikely your dog is as happy as it can be. That’s because a physically fit dog feels much more energetic, lives longer, behaves better and generally feels better than a dog who isn’t fit.

Many owners believe that letting their dog out for a run in the garden is sufficient exercise – but more often than not, this simply isn’t true. Nothing is better cardio for dogs than a good, long walk.

A minimum of two 15-minute walks a day should help to keep your pet slim, but if you want your pup to feel as fresh, energized, and healthy as possible, aim for at least two hours of activity every day.

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It's National Walk Your Dog Week! Best places to walk your dog in the UK
Taking your dog for a walk is great exercise for them AND you! ©Marek Szturc, Unsplash

Our favourite spots in the UK to walk your dog

Alexandra Palace and Park, London

Live in the capital? There are still plenty of beautiful parks to walk your pooch! But one of the best has to be Alexandra Palace and Park, which has an impressive 196 acres of parkland. With a mix of open fields for a bit of ‘fetch’ and wild woodlands for your pup to explore, it’s a great place to spend an afternoon. Plus, there’s a lovely cafe for a cup of tea afterwards!

Quarry Bank Mill, Wilmslow

For those who are further up North, Quarry Bank Mill is a dog walking winner. There are over 400 acres of woodland surrounding the cotton mill, which was built way back in 1784. We love the fact that they provide drinking water for dogs across the estate – they love dogs just as much as we do!

Perranporth Beach, Cornwall

What do dogs love more than walking? Walking on the beach, of course! This 3 mile stretch of beautiful, rugged coastline is a real party for pooches. It’s absolutely beautiful, so you’ll love it just as much. Make sure you check out The Pavilion Boatshed Ice-Cream Parlour – they host regular dog days where dogs can feast on canine-friendly ice cream!

It's National Walk Your Dog Week! Best places to walk your dog in the UK
A run-around on the beach will make your dog as happy as can be! ©Yasin Hoşgör, Unsplash

Dryburgh Abbey, Scottish Borders

Scotland has so many awesome dog walking locations, but Dryburgh Abbey is always a solid choice. It’s a great day out for the whole family, with a deep, dark history to explore as well as a 4.5-mile walk to tire out your pup. With riverside tracks, stiles, rivers, and ruins, it’s a great adventure – and dogs are welcome throughout!

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Hadrians Wall, Northumberland

This is a great one for super fit dogs and owners! In total, there’s 84 miles of path alongside the famous Hadrian’s Wall, which would take you around a week at the least to walk. But don’t worry, we’re not expecting you to do it all! There are sections of different lengths to try out, so you can challenge yourself as much or as little as you please. Trust us, both you and your dog will sleep well after this one.

Happy National Walk Your Dog Week – we hope you and your pooch have tons of fun out and about in the wilderness!

Read also: Becoming the new Pet Chef: 5 nutrition tips for your dog

I'm a Digital Media & Marketing graduate who lives in the beautiful area of North Wales. Since graduating, I've been working freelance as a copywriter and digital marketer. At the weekend, you'll find me taking and editing photographs, updating my blog ( or looking after my mischevious rescue cat, Mabel. I've loved animals for as long as I can remember. I've had pretty much every pet under the sun - cats, guinea pigs, hamsters, rabbits, fish, stick insects - and have spent time volunteering at animal shelters in Asia.