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5 Best Dog Walks Your Dog Would Love to Explore

Did you know that just 30 minutes of brisk walking a day can vastly improve both your own and your dog’s health, both physically and mentally?

That seems like as good a reason as any to get out and about with your dog this Autumn and to help you find new places to explore, with the help of Direct Line, we’ve compiled a list of 5 of the best dog walks we think you and your dog will love - especially now that almost all of the UK’s beaches are welcoming dogs back to their shores.

1. The Great Orme, North Wales

An impressive limestone rock, the Great Orme is located on the north coast of Wales, above the town of Llandudno and near to Conwy.

Photo Credit: Paul Wojnicki

Travel writer and dog owner, Paul Wojnicki tells us:

“There are a variety of fun ways to get to the top, including walking and a cable car, which is a unique cable-hauled Great Orme Tramway, which has been plying its way from the sea up to the top of the Orme since 1902.

“On a clear day, you can see all the way to the Isle of Man and when the illuminations are on, you can see them lighting up Blackpool too.

However you get up and down the Orme, after a good walk you can enjoy some downtime on the pier.

Photo Credit: Paul Wojnicki

Paul says, “Dogs are allowed everywhere on the pier except the indoor amusements, so we’re able to let the kids have fun on the rides while my dog Falco watches them with us.”

2. Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh

One of our favourite parts of the city, Arthur's Seat is a steep climb, but a must visit dog walk.

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It will take you around two hours but with impressive views over the city, it’s easy to see why it’s popular with locals and tourists alike.

3. Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk

This pretty harbour town located on the North Norfolk Coast, Wells-next-the-Sea is home to around 2000 residents and is popular with day trippers from across the UK looking to take a stroll along the beachfront.


Photo Credit: Adam Burt

Dawn Rutter told us on Facebook why she highly recommends Wells-next-the-Sea to fellow dog owners for dog walks and day trips.

“They let dogs in the shops and pubs there. They also have a great beach café where they have a dog wash which is free of charge.”


Photo Credit: Dawn Rutter

4. Dovedale, Derbyshire

Nestled in the Peak District is Dovedale, a valley that is steeped in history dating back to the late Iron Age and Bronze Age, Dovedale is the perfect place to spend a day blowing away the cobwebs.

Photo Credit: Rob Bendall / Highfields

Home to the famous trout stream, River Dove, and rock pillars such as Ilam Rock, Viator's Bridge, and limestone features including Lovers' Leap and Reynard's Cave, not to mention the infamous stepping stones and isolated limestone Thorpe Cloud, it is easy to spend a day exploring.


Photo Credit: steve p2008

5. Lulworth Cove, Dorset

On the Jurassic Coast, Lulworth Cove’s shingle beach welcomes dogs all year round and sits next to another of our favourite dog friendly beaches, the Durdle Door with its iconic arch.


Photo Credit: Layla Flaherty

Layla Flaherty recently reviewed a dog friendly cottage on the Lulworth Estate for K9 Magazine and she says, “If you are looking for a quiet walk around beautiful scenic coastlines, with bundles of tradition then Dorset’s Lulworth Cove needs to be on your bucket list.

“The Dorset coast is one of panoramic views. I was taken back by the beaches and the bright blue waters, it almost resembled the Caribbean, so crystal clear and so clean!

I couldn’t keep Buttons out of the water, he loved it and he’s normally not a keen swimmer.”


Photo Credit: Layla Flaherty

Prit Powar, Head of Pet Insurance at Direct Line commented, “October gives cause for celebration for dog owners, as over a quarter of UK beaches have lifted seasonal restrictions inviting dogs back to the beach. However, whilst the coast and hills are undoubtedly the best places to walk your dog, it’s important to be respectful of other visitors. Whilst walking your pet, owners must ensure their dogs are under control and well-behaved.

“In the midst of autumn, owners must be aware of tidal changes and rougher sea waters so it is important for owners to be mindful of their dogs’ whereabouts around the water. Many dogs love the coast, but safety is always a priority and we advise owners to always check whether it is safe for their dog to go swimming before letting them off the lead.”

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