5 best dog walks for the bank holiday
Dogs like nothing more than a good walk. What better way is there on this bank holiday for you (and them) to have fun and keep fit? We are truly blessed with some incredible locations to take our best furry friends on walks. With rugged coastline, picturesque countryside, and 15 spectacular National Parks there's no shortage of fantastic dog walks in Ireland and the UK. From clifftop routes to ancient woodlands, here, we share our pick of some of the best walking routes, dog-friendly parks, beaches and trails to enjoy with your dog.
Mount Stewart, Co Down
The Londonderry family was fond of dogs, and well-behaved four-legged friends are still welcome at their former Irish seat. The Red Trail is the main walk around the estate and offers plenty of woods and fields to explore, leading to a big off-lead exercise field. You will find filled water bowls outside the reception area, courtyard and opposite the house.
Giant Ring Path, Belfast
This is a lush oasis full of dog-friendly walking trails which either flank the River Lagan or head deep into woodland and farmland. The fields are full of nature and from the riverbanks, you might spot spawning salmon or sea trout. As you continue into Ballynahatty, you will pass through the Giant’s Ring, a Neolithic earthwork circle.
Stonebarrow Hill and Golden Cap, Dorset
The South West Coast Path offers plenty of walking for you and your furry friend. There are miles of footpaths to explore many offering magnificent views across the Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Join the path at Stonebarrow Hill, near Charmouth for a two-mile circular walk in this designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Your dog will love splashing in the sea afterward at Charmouth’s east beach (after 6 pm during the summer months).
Plymbridge Woods, Plymouth
This brisk circular walk through the oak woodlands beside the River Plym is perfect for all types and sizes of dogs. Take in breathtaking views across the valley from the red trail while dogs are well entertained by the varied terrain. Along the path, you may well spot sea trout, peregrine falcons, dippers, kingfishers, deer, and other wildlife.
Ashridge Estate, Hertfordshire
Let your dog run free through the ancient trees, rolling chalk downlands and lush meadows dominating this estate. Ashridge is not only rich in wildlife, but it also abounds with history. Take a well-earned rest with your canine pal atop Ivinghoe Beacon, from which you can spot Bronze Age burial mounds, prehistoric earthwork and the rutted 'cattle drovers' reflecting centuries of farming heritage.
We hope you enjoy our sections and will get out there and explore these great places together with your pawsome friend. Have your own favorite walks? Share them with us and the whole Pawshake pet sitter community.