Taking in the country and coast at walking pace is one of the very best ways to experience nature, and who better to join you on your adventures than your dog? Dogs adore walking in new surroundings; it’s a way to pick up new scents, see unbelievable sights, and to be reminded that there is a wider world beyond their weekly circuits of the local park and the garden.
We have scoured the country to share a compendium full of places in the UK to go for the ultimate dog walking holiday. So, whether you are planning a break in England, Scotland, or Wales, read on to get some inspiration for your next dog-friendly holiday and a whole slew of wonderful dog walks.
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Best dog walking holidays in the Lake District
Defined by its high peaks and fells just as much as its lakes, meres, and tarns, the Lake District National Park is a vast wonderland of dog-friendly destinations for a walk. With 16 contrasting lakes including the mighty Windermere, Coniston Water, Derwentwater, and more, you will need ten trips to do justice to this huge and wild dog-friendly holiday destination.
Wasdale Head to Scafell Pike | 5.5 miles – difficult
Take your dog to the top of the highest mountain in England, Scafell Pike, then warm up afterwards by the fire in the Wasdale Head Inn. Look out for grazing sheep out on the fells, otherwise it’s a careful climb to some of the best views around. All in all, it’s an incredible feat, and one you’ll remember all your life.
Why your dog will love it: It’s a rare opportunity to be a mountain-climbing doggy!
Stay nearby: Burnthwaite Farm Cottage | Sleeps: 2 dogs + 4 humans
Ullswater to Aira Force | 4.5 miles – easy
Go to Aira Force with your dog after a few days of rainfall and you’ll be able to hear the roar of its waters long before you see it. At 65 feet, this National Trust-managed beauty spot draws in visitors throughout the year. The trail is mostly level alongside the shores of Ullswater and it’s an easy-going challenge for everybody from small children to grandparents.
Read our best walks in the Lake District guide for more ideas.
Why your dog will love it: If they are getting on in their years but still enjoy a walk, this is a nice, picturesque amble for everybody. Pups and small dogs will love it too.
Stay nearby: Old School House - Matterdale | Sleeps: 2 dogs + 8 humans
Best dog walking holidays in the Peak District
The Peak District is a world-renowned holiday destination for wayfarers, so you can enjoy some very well-established walking trails here. Your dog will love the landscapes, sheer heights and delights of the national park. Head out to stunning locations such as Kinder Scout, Mam Tor, The Roaches, Stanage Edge, The Heights of Abraham, Winnats Pass, and Monsal Head Trail. There are dog-friendly walking trails for pooches big and small, old and young to uncover.
Edale to Kinder Scout Low | 9 miles – difficult
Much of the trail to the highest point in the Peak District, Kinder Scout is fairly level and easy to traverse for the first 8 miles or so. It’s not until you stand at the foot of Jacob’s Ladder that your reserves will be called upon. The climb is steady yet long but it’s a great task for your dearest and best to undertake. On a fair day, you can see Mam Tor and the whole of the Dark Peak. Save energy for the walk back to Edale and its lovely pubs. Walk back via Barber Booth for a flatter road home.
Why your dog will love it: It’s a chance to be the top dog in the whole of the Peak District. The trig point offers a great photo opportunity.
Stay nearby: Kinder Cottage | Sleeps: 1 dog + 4 humans
Redmires Reservoir to Stanage Edge | 4 miles (linear) – easy to moderate
Depending how you intend to reach the Peak District, the view from Stanage Edge is a good introduction for you and your dog to the region. The ridge forms a front-row seat to the Peaks as they roll out to the west, the town of Hathersage far below. The walk up from Redmires Reservoir (on the outskirts of Sheffield) is wide and sealed and doesn’t pose much of a challenge. Once you reach the cliff ridge the wide stone path ends but you can still follow pathways made by wayfarers to see the best views. Take a picnic and drink in the openness and purity of the surroundings.
Read our best walks in the Peak District guide for more ideas.
Why your dog will love it: It’s an easy walk for young and fit dogs, they will enjoy being high up at the edge of the world with you.
Stay nearby: Elder Cottage | Sleeps: 1 dog + 4 humans
Best dog walking holidays in Cornwall
Cornwall is home to some of the best dog walking territory in the country. Come on holiday to walk your feet off and rest in sumptuous natural surroundings at the coast and inland too. Cornwall is a land of wonderful contrasts: one day you could be on the moors, on a golden beach, in deep forest, in sparse mining country, following mysterious river valley trails, or journeying high above the mighty green Atlantic Ocean on a cliff walk. Where will you wander? Let us give you a few ideas to choose from for your Cornwall dog walking holiday.
Cape Cornwall to Crown Engine Houses | 3 miles (linear) – easy to moderate
Few walks in Cornwall offer more dramatic coastal scenery than this stretch at the very edge of the land near St Just. The sights take in some of the most photogenic and precariously situated engine house ruins in The Duchy. The Crown Engine Houses at Botallack are memorably beautiful and are emblematic of Cornwall’s tin mining heritage. The trail also takes in one of the British mainland’s two capes: Cape Cornwall. Everybody goes to Land’s End a few miles away but if you want to avoid the hordes of visitors, this is the trail for you and your dog.
Why your dog will love it: Your dog will enjoy the exercise and the interesting landscape full of cuts and furrows. The sea air will invigorate them (and you).
Stay nearby: The Old Sunday School | Sleeps: 1 dog + 4 humans
St Breward to Brown Willy (Bodmin Moor) | 4.5 miles (linear) – moderate to strenuous
Does your dog aspire to be the highest hound in The Duchy? Well, if you climb to the trig point at the summit of Brown Willy your dog’s dreams may come true! Bodmin Moor is an unforgettable place – one visit is all it will take to fall in love with its empty majesty. On clear days, you can see both coasts from the top of Brown Willy and just about the whole of the moor. The walk in from St Breward begins at a pub, so reward your endeavours with a pint at The Old Inn.
Read our best dog walks in Cornwall guide for more ideas.
Stay nearby: Penny Bun Cottage | Sleeps: 3 dogs + 5 humans
Best dog walking holidays in Devon
The only county in England with two separate coastlines, Devon is a dog walker’s dream. Like its neighbour Cornwall but at the same time different, Devon is also full of different habitats located relatively close together but it’s slightly lusher than The Duchy. Full of river valley trails, two national parks - Exmoor and Dartmoor - and miles and miles of coastline covered by the seemingly endless South West Coast Path. Devon is a sunny county full of rural walks for ardent wayfarers. Whether you run with the pack or fancy a bit of quiet time, a dog-walking holiday here is the right choice.
Heddon’s Mouth, Exmoor | 2 miles – easy
Blend the heady heights of Exmoor National Park and the sea with this nice and easy amble through a wooded river valley and out to the sea. Heddon's Mouth is a circular walk that originates at the lovely Hunter’s Inn and follows the course of the Heddon out to the striking, cliff-gilded pebble beach complete with ruined lime kilns. It’s an easy prospect for older dogs and pups. Elderly visitors can rent a tramper from the National Trust in advance to get them to the beach. For a longer and more difficult walk, you can try the 5-mile linear walk to Woody Bay, which is one of the best North Devon coastal walks to do with fit dogs!
Why your dog will love it: There’s a really nice pub garden to stretch out in before and after the walk.
Stay nearby: Birdsong Barn | Sleeps: 1 dog + 2 guests
Teign Gorge, Dartmoor | 4 miles – easy to moderate
The National Trust-managed Teign Gorge is a superb little circuit that offers you and your dog mild challenges between long stretches of pathways over gentle terrain. Following the course of the Teign up and down river, this woodland walk is a fun proposition for you and your dog. At times, the path runs along the riverbank before ascending the sides of the tree-clad valley. There is a path to Castle Drogo that branches off the main route for a longer more challenging walk. The path originates at the dog-friendly Fingle Bridge Inn, where you can enjoy warming meals all year round.
Read our best dog walks in Devon guide for more ideas.
Why your dog will love it: It’s a brilliant off-the-lead walk with liberating woodlands to charge through.
Stay nearby: Petit Boo | Sleeps: 1 dog + 2 humans
Best dog walking holidays on the South Coast (Sussex and Dorset)
From the Isle of Sheppey in the Thames Estuary to the Devon border in the west, the South Coast region offers Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty like High Weald in Kent, UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as the Jurassic Coast, National Parks like the South Downs, islands, bays, chalk cliffs, and a never-ending beach. The prospects for dog walks are endless but whilst the task of narrowing down some wonderment-inducing trails is bewildering, we know you will never go short of choice. The South Coast is a superb place for dog walking holidays in the UK.
Swanage to Studland Bay, Dorset | 5 miles (linear) – easy to moderate
One of the Jurassic Coast’s prettiest dog walks is along the South West Coast Path between Studland Bay and the lovely seaside resort of Swanage. The scenery is spectacular from the cliffs above Old Harry Rocks and you can see the whole of Poole Bay, Bournemouth Bay, Sandbanks, and on a clear day The Needles on the Isle of Wight. Studland Bay is a very peaceful, long series of beaches and nature reserves. There’s lots of space for everyone, but be mindful of any restrictions concerning access that you and your four-legged explorer may encounter.
Sniff out even more dog walks in Dorset in our guide.
Why your dog will love it: There are miles of unspoilt beaches to tear along and enjoy some sea air.
Stay nearby: Ocean View | Sleeps: 1 dog + 5 humans
South Downs Way (Alfriston to Eastbourne), Sussex | 10.5 miles (linear) – moderate
Dogs who love a good exercise should try this amazing trek across the South Downs via the Seven Sisters chalk cliffs and the English Channel. Dog walking along the South Downs Way gives you a superb chance to get the best out of these rare chalk grasslands and to see a part of the UK’s most iconic coastline. The route follows the River Cuckmere, Friston Forest, Birling Gap, and Eastbourne. Catch a bus or taxi back to Alfriston after you complete your journey! Then relax in your holiday home to look at the amazing photographs that you’ve taken.
Find out even more about the dog-friendly county of Sussex in our helpful guide.
Why your dog will love it: It’s the perfect blend of seaside prom and countryside: nature and holiday food galore.
Stay nearby: Beach Hut | Sleeps: 1 dog + 4 humans
Best dog walking holidays in the East of England (Norfolk and Suffolk)
The East of England is characterised by its big skies, open spaces, an absence of really big hills, the Norfolk Broads, and mile upon mile of unspoilt coastline. It’s home to some of England’s oldest walking routes like the Peddars and the Marriott's Way, there’s also the Norfolk Coast Path that runs 83 miles around the fringe of the county. The Suffolk coast is defined by adorable seaside villages, dune-crested beaches, and good memories just waiting to be made. Your dog will be in for a treat if they don’t like hills; although they exist, the East of England is famously level. We’d venture that it’s a mountain climber’s least favourite part of the country but it's just got to be a hit with everybody else including your furry friend.
Hunstanton Beach to Holme-next-the-Sea, Norfolk | 4 miles (linear) - moderate
For hounds that love a coastal walk, this is a good mission for you and your dog. Originating at Old Hunstanton Lighthouse, follow the Norfolk Coast Path in a northerly direction and you will see the sandstone cliffs that make this area of the East of England famous. Holme-next-the-Sea is a small village with a few good dog-friendly pubs and cafes to check out for lunch. After a bit of a dip in the sea at the beach, you may be too tired to make the return trip. Taxis and regular buses are available to close the loop home.
Read our guide to dog-friendly Norfolk for ideas for more places to discover.
Why your dog will love it: It’s a nice level walk with lots to see and sniff along the way, with a promise of a snack in Holme at the other end.
Stay nearby: Willow Cottage | Sleeps: 2 dogs + 8 humans
Felixstowe to Landguard Fort | 2 miles (linear) – easy
This selection is for old dogs, small dogs, and pups that still love a walk, but may not be able to manage anything too strenuous. Felixstowe, with its new pier, is something of a forgotten treasure with its very relaxing promenade. Lying at the base of a cliff away from the main town, it seems like a village of its own, and as a result feels a world away from anywhere. Beyond the winter gardens, the pier and the amusement park, the buildings thin out to reveal a nature reserve that centres around the 18th-century Landguard Fort. Enjoy a memorable walk on the peninsula before circling up to the viewing point at the deep-water docks of Felixstowe, one of the largest ports in the UK for colossal freighters. It’s a walk of interesting contrasts all within a few miles.
Read our dog-friendly guide to Suffolk for ideas for more places to uncover on holiday.
Why your dog will love it: It’s a wonderful day out for lazy, old, or really young dogs!
Stay nearby: The Stables - Witnesham | Sleeps: 2 dogs + 4 humans
Best dog walking holidays in The Cotswolds
Book a holiday in the dog-friendly Cotswolds; there are so many different walking trails that you can discover for dogs big and small, old and cute. The most charming of English holiday destinations, made distinct with its honeycomb-coloured houses, rolling hills to roam in, and ancient Civil War battlefields to visit, The Cotswolds is as pretty a location for a dog walking holiday as you may find in the UK. From Broadway Tower and Blenheim Palace to the gorgeous arboretums of Batsford and Westonbirt, where will you visit on your dog walking holiday in the heart of England?
Tewkesbury circuit | 4 miles (linear) - easy
This walk takes in the impressive 11th-century Tewkesbury Abbey (home to one of the best-preserved Romanesque cross towers in the world), historic mills, gorgeous riverbanks with miles of reed banks, and several battle sites from the War of the Roses and the English Civil Wars. The playing field behind the abbey will give your hound lots of space to run and play; it’s almost completely enclosed away from busy roads and there is in a shallow stream for them to cool off in. The walk also takes in Victoria Park, Tewkesbury Marina, and the town centre with its array of dog-friendly pubs and shops. This walk is perfect for all dogs as it's mostly paved (except for the battlefields and the playing field).
Why your dog will love it: The playing field and battlefields are lovely open spaces for a run and play off the lead.
Stay nearby: Parys Lodge | Sleeps: 2 dogs + 4 humans
Crickley Hill | 1.5 miles – moderate
For unforgettable views of the Cotswolds, Crickley Hill Country Park is a great varied walk for you and your dog. High above Cheltenham and Gloucester, the walking paths wind around the hill past limestone quarries, through chalk grasslands and woodlands to a lovely café at the summit. Crickley Hill is perfect for dogs that are happy to walk at heel and are quite sociable as it is a popular spot for local pet owners. They can meet and make friends with other dogs to have some fun and games; there’s lots of open space to make the most of. After the climb, choose a spot to set down and have a lush picnic - Crickley Hill is that kind of place.
Read our guide to dog walks in The Cotswolds for ideas for more dog-friendly places to discover.
Why your dog will love it: Is your dog a social butterfly? Then Crickley Hill is the perfect place to socialise with other dogs!
Stay nearby: Halfpenny Retreat | Sleeps: 2 dogs + 2 humans
Best dog walking holidays in Yorkshire
The Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors are wild places in the North of England. The region is full of holiday destinations galore for you and your dog, with long-distance walking trails like Wainwright’s Coast to Coast, the Cleveland Way, and the Pennine Way. From high moorland, river valleys, forests, and lakes it’s a wonderland for you and your pet. At the coast, you have the coast path that offers stunning views across the North Sea, and you can also enjoy beach walks at places like Staithes, Runswick Bay, Robin Hood’s Bay. Inland, you have the joys of Ilkley Moor, Aysgarth Falls, Castle Howard, Wensleydale, Aysgarth, and the Nidderdale AONB. Yorkshire, bisected into four sub-regions according to the compass, is a vast and varied land to discover and a very satisfying choice for a dog-friendly walking holiday.
The Cleveland Way – Staithes to Runswick Bay | 3 miles (linear) – moderate
This cliff-top walk along a stunning section of the Cleveland Way is a must for visitors to coastal Yorkshire. It runs through the fisherman’s village of Staithes, most famous for being the birthplace of Captain Cook. The climb out of Staithes is fairly demanding rising to 84 metres in a short distance. The path is fairly level until you reach Port Mulgrave, a really pleasant seaside hamlet. It’s a great place to birdwatch as you journey towards Runswick Bay. Climb over The Crocodile’s Head, a rocky landform the juts out into the sea right before you reach Runswick Bay with its dog-friendly pubs and cafes like the Runswick Bay Hotel. You can take a bus back to Staithes if you and your dog are too tired to make the walk back.
Why your dog will love it: This is one for dogs with lots of stamina, as there are quite a few climbs to conquer along its course. The views will impress you and your pet.
Stay nearby: Waverley House | Sleeps: 2 dogs + 6 humans
Brimham Rocks | 3 miles (linear) – easy
With its mixture of woodlands and moorlands, the walk to Brimham Rocks is a walk of environments that chime together. Giving you and your dog spectacular views and very dramatic natural landforms to discover, the National Trust-managed Brimham Rocks is a favourite with visitors to North Yorkshire and local dog owners and wayfarers. There is a visitor centre with a kiosk where you can buy snacks and hot drinks. Please note that dogs must be on the lead between April and June to protect ground-nesting birds.
Read our guide to dog walks in Yorkshire to sniff out the best.
Why your dog will love it: Brimham Rocks is a popular dog haunt, so there will be new friends to make along the path.
Stay nearby: Colcote Cottage | Sleeps: 2 dogs + 4 humans
Best dog walking holidays in Scotland
The most northerly of the British Isles’ countries has its own visual language – mountains graze the sky, deep lochs and glens entice you to get out in the great outdoors. The extremes are seductive and provide the ultimate backdrop to a walking holiday for you and your dog. From the southern borderlands, home to Edinburgh and ancient Montrose, Stirling, and the land of Sir Walter Scott, to Loch Lomond and The Trossachs and The Cairngorms National Parks, the Highlands and the myriad distant islands like the Orkneys and the Shetlands. And we’ve not even mentioned Fort William, Inverness, or Loch Ness, and its historic and distinct twin-like cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow. Scotland is a dog-friendly destination for the ages – start planning your trip today.
The Loch Ness 360 Degree Trail (Drumnadrochit to Invermoriston) – 14 miles (linear) – difficult
You are in Loch Ness country here, so this is for brave wee dogs only, also owners with a serious intent on walking one of Scotland’s most famous trails. The entire 360 Degree Trail is 80 miles in length and can be split into six (roughly) equal sections. This stretch, between Drumnadrochit and Invermoriston, has a high road and a low road. The low route runs close to the shoreline of the lake in the main, whereas the high one consists of forestry tracks. It’s along this section that you can see the Great Glen and Loch Ness in all its glory. Drumnadrochit is home to all things Nessie including a themed museum attraction. There are also dog-friendly cafes and shops where you can put together a picnic to eat on the trail.
Why your dog will love it: The hunt for the Loch Ness Monster will thrill most dogs! This choice is for fit and able dogs who don’t mind a long walk.
Stay nearby: Nessie’s Nest | Sleeps: 2 dogs + 4 humans
Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh | 1 mile (linear) – easy to moderate
For dog-lovers on a city break to Edinburgh, Arthur’s Seat sits tantalisingly at the edge of the city centre beckoning visitors to climb it. With wide views of the Firth of Forth, the Forth Bridges and the city at large, a climb to the dormant volcano is a must - it’s a local haunt for joggers, dog-walkers, and locals out for an airy walk at weekends. Its summit is a perfect place to climb to so you can enjoy seeing the skyline and all the wonderful buildings of the city like Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace, and The National Gallery of Scotland. Take a picnic on a fair day; you won’t be sorry.
Read our guide to dog walks in Scotland to discover even more places to go on your holidays.
Why your dog will love it: For city dogs, this is a great break away from the hustle of the streets. It’s a little bit of the Scottish wilds at the heart of one of its most famous cities.
Stay nearby: Blue Spruce Cottage | Sleeps: 1 dog + 4 humans
Best dog walking holidays in Wales
Wales has got it all from a dog walking point of view: accessible mountain trails, long golden beaches, hill ranges, valley walks and gorgeous lakes and river paths. Explore the heights of the Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia National Parks, roam the dune-crested beaches of the west coast and discover the secret joys of the Llyn Peninsula, and the UK’s only coastal National Park: the Pembrokeshire Coast. Your dog will also love the seaside resorts of North Wales such as Llandudno, Colwyn Bay, and Prestatyn, the cultural cities of Swansea, and Cardiff, and the popular holiday haunts like Tenby and The Mumbles. Bring your four-legged explorer to Wales for an unrivalled holiday for outdoor fun.
Top Corris’ Little Italy | 3 miles (circular) - moderate
High in the forested hills above the Snowdonia National Park village of Corris Uchaf (where the trail begins) is a little-known architectural spectacle. Little Italy is found through waymarked forest trails past old slate mine ruins and fern-fringed streams climbing ever upwards. A labour of love begun in the 1980s, when a fan of Italian architecture decided to build a private model village in his back garden which includes Brunelleschi's Dome in Florence, The Vatican in Rome, Venice's Piazza San Marco and many more. As the years go on, it is becoming reclaimed by the forest, so it’s worth a visit before it is lost. You and your dog will love the walk to this unique curiosity in the depths of the forest.
Read our guide to dog walks in North Wales for even more walks.
Why your dog will love it: There is nothing but forests and nature for miles. It’s a unique experience.
Stay nearby: Llwydiarth Hall | Sleeps: 2 dogs + 14 humans
Pen y Fan and Corn Du circular walk | 4 miles – difficult
Another exceptional walk and a climb for adventurous mountain dogs, try dual ascent to the peaks of Corn Du and Pen y Fan, the Brecon Beacon’s highest peaks. On a clear day, you can see Sugar Loaf Mountain, the Cambrian Mountains, the Gower Peninsula and the Bristol Channel beyond. It’s a fantastic achievement for fit dogs and their owners; it’s achievable, though, as the course of the trail is waymarked and easy to follow. At the end of the day, you will enjoy unwinding in your dog-friendly self-catering holiday cottage for an even more exceptional walk in Wales.
Read our guide to dog walks in South Wales for even more walks.
Why your dog will love it: It’s a great chance to be the highest dog in the Brecon Beacons! What an achievement. Make your dog a mountain climber.
Stay nearby: The Stables | Sleeps: 1 dog + 4 humans
Stay in a dog-friendly self-catering holiday cottage
The best way to enjoy a dog walking holiday in the UK is from a self-catering holiday cottage. Somewhere that offers luxury, practicality, and space to rest is just what you need, and we have a huge collection of pet-friendly holiday accommodation for you to choose from all across the UK from the Shetland Islands to the tip of Cornwall. Visit our collection today to find the ultimate backdrop for your roaming holidays with the dog.
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