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Seven winter dog walks across the UK

Being a dog mum or dad means walks all year round, even in cold temperatures. So why not take a chance to discover the stunning British countryside on your ‘walkies’ with some of our favourite winter dog walks? We’ve also got a couple of tips for winter walks with your furry friend. Make sure to check your dog’s paws for painful ice balls after any snowy adventures. And, of course, don’t forget your winter coat!

1. Settle to Stainforth Circula

Location: Yorkshire Dales

Difficulty: Medium/hard

Walk length: Eight and a half miles

Terrain: Grassy slopes

Walk your dog through craggy limestone hills and past tumbling waterfalls on the Settle to Stainforth Circular. Starting in the pretty market town of Settle, you’ll climb a few steep hills to reach the rich landscape of caves, scars and meadows in Yorkshire. It’s a challenging but rewarding route that’s great exercise for your dog.

2. Dodd Wood and Dodd Fell

Location: Lake District National Park

Difficulty: Medium

Walk length: Five miles

Terrain: Woodland and rocky

Walk the Dodd Wood and Dodd Fell circular route for incredible views over Bassenthwaite Lake and beyond. One of the most accessible fells in the Lake District, its well-marked tracks make it perfect for walking your dog in the winter weather too.

3. Morrone Ascent

Location: Cairngorms National Park

Difficulty: Medium

Walk length: Seven and a half miles

Terrain: Tracks and paths

Covered in a beautiful blanket of snow, enjoy stunning views of the Cairngorms on the Morrone Ascent route. With temperatures dropping in the winter months, don’t forget to wrap your dog up warm in their own dog coat. 

4. Rhaeadr Aber Falls Circular

Location: Snowdonia National Park

Difficulty: Easy

Walk length: Four miles

Terrain: Maintained paths

The Rhaeadar Aber Falls walk takes you through the diverse landscape of Snowdonia. You’ll pass sites of archaeological interest, enjoy panoramic views out to Anglesey and visit the beautiful Rhaeadar Fawr waterfalls. Take a long lead with you as dogs will love the open fields for burning off some energy.

5. Felbrigg Hall

Location: Norfolk

Difficulty: Easy

Walk length: Two and a half miles

Terrain: Open fields and woodland

If you’re a history buff then you’ll love the Felbrigg Hall trail. Located in Norfolk, you’ll pass historic buildings dating back to the 18th century. Walk through woodlands, open fields and past an enchanting lake. This route is dog-friendly, but dog owners should keep their four-legged friends on a lead.

6. Padstow to Harlyn Bay

Location: Cornwall

Difficulty: Hard

Walk length: Seven miles

Terrain: Even trails but steep and rugged in places

Cornwall has some beautiful beaches so who’s to say they can’t be enjoyed in cold weather too? This Padstow to Harlyn Bay walk can be challenging but mentally stimulating for your pets. There are two dog-friendly beaches en route, and a pub to stay warm in with local Cornish ales.

7. Stour Valley and Dedham Vale

Location: Suffolk

Difficulty: Medium

Walk length: Seven miles

Terrain: Flat grass and gravel paths with moderate slopes

Take a walk through history on the Stour Valley and Dedham Vale route. This picturesque National Trust walk takes you through an area made famous by 18th-century artist John Constable. Your dog will definitely enjoy spending time in the green countryside of Suffolk!