Now that Spring is almost over, we’ve been thinking about our favourite places to go for dog walks this Summer. Here are just five of our favourite walks to enjoy across the UK in the summertime.
- Crantock Beach (Cornwall)
Near the small, historic beach of Crantock near Newquay, is a hidden gem that is definitely worth exploring. Crantock beach is a huge stretch of sand cared for by the National Trust and voted Best British Beach by BBC Coast in 2013.
Flanked by sand dunes and with fantastic surf, the beach is dog-friendly all year round and with lots of space available, it’s a great place to chase a ball and get some exercise.
Dogs are welcome at The Cornishman, Crantock village too!
This is a pub of convenience and comfort in all the right ways. After a walk on Crantock beach, park your car and put your paws up in the bar. Hearty pub food and a pint of real ale awaits you at The Cornishman.
- Wyre Estuary (Lancashire)
One of Lancashire’s hidden gems, this area often flies under the radar despite the fact it offers some lovely views and excellent facilities at Wyre Estuary Country Park.
Start: Car parking is available on Wyre Road. Take the turn off the main Skippool Road at Thornton Lodge.
Route: Follow the track down to the yacht club, past rickety jetties and boats of various shapes and sizes. Some look river-worthy; others definitely do not!
The route goes in front of the yacht club building and then joins a well-established path that heads along the edge of the marshes to the county park.
There you will find a visitor’s centre, picnic benches, a children’s play area and the chance to let your dog enjoy the well-maintained paths.
You can retrace your steps back along the River Wyre to your car, with the changing tides offering different views on your return leg.
- Worcester Woods Country Park (Worcestershire)
Two nature reserves, a huge open field, busy Countryside Centre with cafe facilities, adventure play area and easy access from the city or the motorway, make this site very popular with a variety of visitors. Whether you are looking for birds, swings, coffee, flowers, footpaths or all of these and more, it’s the right place to visit!
- Shire Brook Valley Nature Reserve (Sheffield)
The Shire Brook Valley contains over 100 hectares of land protected for Nature Conservation and recreation. It is situated in the south east of the city and contains a mixture of brooks, meadows and woodlands for you and your dog to enjoy.
There are four pre-planned walks that you can take that vary in length from 30 mins to 2 hours, depending on what you and your doggy are up for!
- Great Aycliffe Way (Darlington)
While the walks are designed to navigate the fringe of Newton Aycliffe the route maintains a gentle countryside stroll feeling as most of the route is lined with trees and woodland, this results in the walker often not realising how close they are in proximity to the housing.
A bonus of these walks is the art sculptures which are scattered throughout both the routes. Sculptures in stone, metal and wood are located at various surprising locations throughout the walk. They depict various aspects of the Town’s history, folklore and nature.
Let us know about your favourite places to walk in the Summer in the comments below!
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