You may have decided where to go on your hols. You may have decided what to pack in your suitcase. You may even have decided to include fellow humans on your trip if they have been good. What you have definitely decided on however is that you are taking the dog and that you are going to do lots of walking! With that in mind, let us help you with a selection of the best dog walks the North has to offer - you and your pooch will not want to miss out.
We bring you our favourite places to walk your dog across the North of England, covering dog walks in Yorkshire, the Peak District & Derbyshire, the Lake District, Cheshire and Northumberland.
Dog walks in Yorkshire
Dick Turpin’s Dog Walk, York
Let’s start with a bit of adventure – how does highwaymen, a horse called Black Bess and an execution grab you? Well, we can’t really offer you all that but we can give you the spot where Dick was rumoured to walk his little dog, Nell, in Yorkshire. The walk starts on a grassy flat plain and takes just over half an hour, although you can stop to play ball en-route as there is a large area for dogs to socialise. There are also lots of dog friendly pubs in the area where you can rest and give your pooch a well-deserved bowl of water.
Why your dog will love this: Lots of opportunity to socialise with canine chums. After all, a holiday is for making memories with new friends!
May Beck, Whitby
Now this is the perfect place for the hunting hound who is easily bored. Impossible to run out of things to do, there are woods, hills and streams to burn off lots of energy. Finish off with a cream tea at the dog-friendly Falling Foss Tea Gardens where your dog can join you – just be sure to pack some Bonios in your rucksack!
Why your dog will love this: Pooch doesn’t play well with dogs or humans? There are many trails where you will not meet either – perfect for the not-so-friendly hound.
Raincliffe Woods Circular, North Yorkshire
Now there’s nothing we like more than a walk on a rainy day with one (or several) of our dogs. This six mile walk, named the ‘Crème de la Crème of Woodland’ by The Woodland Trust, is one of our favourites and takes about two hours. Humans and dogs will need to be fit as it is quite hard work in places.
Why your dog will love this: Over 400 acres of trees, mud and sniffs – what’s not to love?
Sandsend to Whitby Beach Walk, Sandsend
Now, we know dogs – and we know that most of them would not say no to a long beach walk and a nice shallow paddle. Some would even say that a refreshing little dip in the sea would go down a treat on a hot day. This beach is the perfect spot for both although as always with beach walks, be careful to check tide times as the tide tends to come in quite fast, especially at the Sandsend side. The Hart Inn will welcome both you and Rover for a bite to eat afterwards.
Why your dog will love this: A beach with sand where you can run after a ball without hurting your pads on sharp pebbles? Yes paw-leez!
If you're looking to sniff out Yorkshire for yourself, dogs and their owners alike will love our dog-friendly Yorkshire cottages!
Dog walks in the North West
Derwentwater, Lake District
An easy eight mile scenic walk around the beautiful Lake District, starting in the pretty market town of Keswick, with lots of places to wet the paws and have a picnic. There are sheep at every turn so make sure to keep dogs on leads.
Why your dog will love this: The footbridge, half way round is an ideal spot to soak up the views and have a significant moment with the human (assuming they have brought with them a mid-walk snack).
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Alderley Edge Woodland Walk, Cheshire
Humans are not the only ones who appreciate a good view and this Cheshire walk offers canines a treat for their eyes as well, with stunning views from Stormy Point. About five miles in length and about four hours of walkies, it is set around a dramatic sandstone escarpment and also offers woodland and waterfalls. A spot of archaeological significance for the intelligent canine and human to enjoy, it is one of the National Trust’s most popular walks.
Why your dog will love this: lots of trees to sniff and a high viewpoint to plot escape routes from.
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Dog walks in the North East
Bamburgh Castle Beach, Northumberland
Want to get lost on the sand dunes? Got a dog who will roll so that you’ll have to spend hours brushing out the sand from his coat? Then this is the beach for you! Sit back and drink in the views from this stunning Northumberland beaches towards the Farne Islands while your dog paddles and makes friends with the local dogs.
Why your dog will love this: Described as ‘romantic’, this beach may be the perfect spot for a holiday romance with a fellow canine.
Hadrian’s Wall, Northumberland
Perfect if you are army fit and have a week free to circumvent the 84 mile path alongside this World Heritage Site! However, if that doesn’t sound like you or your dog (it doesn’t sound like us or our dog), the five mile Hadrian's Wall route starting near the Roman Fort would be a better choice and still get you home for dinner and a nap. There are lots of sheep however, so dogs do need to be kept on a lead.
Why your dog will love this: If he is a Kevin Costner fan, he will recognise the iconic Sycamore Gap, featured in Robin Hood; Prince of Thieves. He might want to take his camera for a snap of himself at the Robin Hood Tree to show his chums at home.
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Dog walks in the Peak District
Monsal Trail, Peak District
Perfect for the train-spotting pooch, this walk isn’t just about mud and sticks, it allows you to go through tunnels! Not agility tunnels (don’t worry, you are on holiday after all) but real train tunnels! A former Midland Railway line, this eight-and-a-half-mile walk showcases some of the Peak District’s most impressive limestone dales. Don’t miss the breathtaking views at the hidden delight of Water-cum-Jolly Dale.
Why your dog will love this: Tunnels without having to concentrate and win a prize? Duh.
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Poppy Wood, Derbyshire
Bursting with poppies during the summer, this gorgeous location within the expansive National Forest is one of the prettiest walks we have seen. Lovely views over the Derbyshire countryside, revealing six woodland demonstration plots, are best experienced on a sunny day.
Why your dog will love this: Completely fenced so good for escape artists – okay, so he might not love this but you will!
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Ready for walkies?
If you're chase-your-tail-excited for these amazing walkies, we've got plenty of great places to stay where you can start em-bark-ing on your adventure. Paw through our dog-friendly cottages in the North of England to find the paw-fect accommodation for you!
South West walkies
Don't worry if these walkies aren't quite for you, we've also hunted out the best walkies in the south of England too!