Best Places for Dog Walking Holidays in the UK 2023

Dog walking in the Lake District

Pack your walking boots for a paw-fect walking holiday to some of the best dog-friendly walking destinations in the UK. It’s no secret that the UK is littered with jaw-dropping natural spaces where you and your four-legged friends can get away from it all and roam to your heart’s content. To help you plan where to go, here are our top places for a British dog walking holiday in 2023.

Lake District, Cumbria

Dog on a summer's day in the Lake District

An all-time favourite for a dog-friendly holiday, the Lake District is dripping in jaw-dropping wilderness begging to be explored with your hound at your heels. If you’re fighting fit with an energetic dog, you can climb cloud-scraping peaks and peer out across the hills to the ocean. Or, if you’re looking for a gentle affair, stroll around the shores of the lakes that reflect the glory of the landscape, and when you want to put your feet up, make headway on a dog-friendly cruise. However far or fast you go, you can guarantee you’re not too far from a cosy inn with a log fire and dog treats behind the bar. 

Exmoor National Park, Devon and Somerset

Step out into the rolling moors of Lorna Doone country and follow the call of the ocean through deep valleys where Atlantic rainforest tumbles to the edge of the sea. Exmoor National Park boasts hundreds of miles of heathland, hills, woods and coast, so you can take your pick of way-marked paths, and paws for a pit stop in cosy dog-friendly pubs along the way.  After a hard day’s walk, you and your dog can relax in the comfort of one of our dog-friendly Exmoor cottages.

Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales

brecon beacons family National Trust Images-Paul Harris
Photo courtesy of National Trust Images/Paul Harris

If you’re looking for thigh-burning hikes, head-spinning views and huge open spaces to wear out high-spirited hounds, hit the peaks of the Brecon Beacons in mid-Wales. Once you’ve tackled the mountain tops of Pen y Fan, Corn Du and Cribyn, dip back down into the town of Brecon, for some culture at the dog-friendly 13th-century cathedral, and some well-earned grub in one of the town’s dog-friendly eateries.

Yorkshire Dales

Strike out into the hills with your dog at your heels and enjoy a heady dose of nature in the Yorkshire Dales. With miles of footpaths winding from scrub-topped hills to wooded valleys, the dales offer endless op-paw-tunities for dog walkers looking for an adventure. Limited facilities mean that this really is a destination for nature lovers, and grazing livestock requires dogs to be kept under close control. 

Isle of Skye, Scotland

Autumn on Isle of Skye

A haven for dog walkers looking for a wild island destination, the Isle of Skye is littered with dog-friendly trails from its rugged peaks to its sublime coastline. Follow the trail of tourists up the fairly easy Old Man of Storr to take a stunning snap, seek out the miniature cone-shaped hills of the Fairy Glen, or head to the Point of Sleat to embark on a 3-4 hour walk to the lighthouse at the island’s southernmost point. 

Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

If you and your dog love snuffling through woodland, you can’t beat a holiday in the Forest of Dean. There are plenty of way-marked dog walks to choose from, but our favourite is the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail, with plenty of forest smells for the dog to follow alongside a series of sculptures to find in the trees, including the mesmerising stained-glass Cathedral sculpture.

Snowdonia National Park, Wales

Snowdonia dog

One the UK’s most popular locations for a dog walking holiday, Snowdonia National Park drapes itself along the edge of Wales and the Irish Sea. An ideal destination to combine walking on the coast and in the mountains, you can bag the peak of Snowdon itself (Wales’ highest mountain), choose a forest walk with waterfalls, or trace the coastline on a trek between seaside towns. 

North Cornwall

With over 100 dog-friendly beaches and an abundance of pooch-friendly eateries and attractions to boot, it’s little wonder that Cornwall is one of the UK’s top destinations for a holiday with your dog. Padstow to Perranporth is home to Cornwall’s highest concentration of dog-friendly stretches of golden sands, most of which allow your four-legged friends all year round. So whether you’re making paw-prints in the sand, frolicking in the sea foam or scampering along coastal paths between beaches, it’s a veritable dog walkers’ paradise. 

New Forest, Hampshire

The new forest
Photo courtesy of thenewforest.co.uk

Criss-crossed by over 140 miles of paw-friendly, off-road paths, and nudging 40 miles of coastline, the New Forest bags a well-earned spot in the best destinations for a dog walking holiday. What’s more, it’s less than three hours’ drive from the Capital, making it a convenient location if you live in London and don’t want to drive too far with your dog. Stimulate your senses on a short stroll under the canopies of Blackwater’s Tall Tree Trail, or take on the longer Buckland Rings Trail that takes you to the site of a former Iron Age hill fort near Lymington.

Peak District

Often overlooked as a dog-walking holiday destination in favour of its more northern competition – the Yorkshire Dales, the Lake District and the North Pennines – the Peak District deserves to be up there as one of the UK’s finest spots to take your dog. After all, it’s well endowed with a mix of woodland, valleys and wide-open countryside, and boasts breathtaking trails including The Monsal Trail, The Limestone Way and The Chatsworth Route.   

Malvern Hills, Worcestershire

Malverns dog walking trail

Home to hills, valleys, meadows, parkland and woodland walks, the Malvern Hills is a great place for a dog walking holiday. Breathe in the fresh air from the top of Black Hill (1,011 feet), drop into the pretty woodland of Paradise Valley, or take the National Trust Croome Walk across Capability Brown-designed parkland. Whichever way you wander, it’s easy to sniff out a dog-friendly watering hole for post-walk drinks and snacks. 

Dartmoor National Park, Devon

Escape to the wilderness of Dartmoor and step out into hundreds of miles of rolling moorland, rugged tors and magical forests. Your dog will love chasing fallen sticks, dipping in burbling streams and paw-sing in cosy countryside inns. Most of Dartmoor National Park is accessible to dogs, and there’s a huge range of waggy-tailed walks whether you want to trot two miles or twenty. 

The Cotswolds, Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire

Cotswold dog

Even the most enthusiastic dog walkers will be satisfied by the thousands of miles of footpaths crossing the bucolic countryside of the Cotswolds, which is an extensive Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Whichever quaint country village you choose as your holiday destination, rest assured there’ll be miles of muddy-pawed walks on the doorstep. Circumnavigate Broadway Tower on an easy 1.2km loop, or follow part of the 180-mile National Thames Path as it runs through pretty Lechlade. 

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