To help celebrate National Walking Month, we asked you for your favourite local dog walking spots! Also this month we’re aiming to raise better awareness of pet obesity, what can cause it and the effects it can have on our animals.
We kicked off the month launching a #SponsoredSlim for Fudge, a terrier in one of our centres who is critically obese, very poorly and needs to lose more than 50 per cent of his bodyweight.
Like people, dogs can gain weight by being overfed and under exercised. Walking with your dog is great for keeping both you and them fit and healthy, but sometimes our usual choice of route can eventually become a bit mundane and begin to make the walk feel more like a chore.
If your chosen route is becoming mundane and you’re looking for somewhere new to explore with your dog, then take a look at some of these routes near you, and plan a new adventure to enjoy whilst exercising with your pet!
The best local walks – as voted by you
“A Wooded area with lots of shade, interesting ruins for the humans to look at and a nice river to take a dip in. Generally tends to be quiet.”
“Penrose is a National Trust walk with woodland tracks, stretches of coast and open parkland.”
“This walk is 653 feet above sea level with great views from the top, it can get a bit windy but it’s easy to walk up and not too strenuous on dogs.”
“If you have either reactive dogs or dogs that don’t come back when you call them, this is perfect. It’s a 10 acre piece of moorland where you drive in, padlock the gate behind you, and have an hour of safety with your dog.”
“There’s lots of shade plus a stream to cool off in. You can make it as long a walk or short as you like. Great in summer when most people are at the beach.”
“A lovely circular walk taking in the headland, valley, beach, stream and caves. There's even a pub with views for the humans and dog water is always available.”
“Combe Hill Wood is about three miles south-east of Street in Somerset and has shaded wooded areas as well as open fields.”
Essex (Clacton and surrounding area)
“A lovely country park with long stretches of open fields to enjoy.”
“This walk has dog friendly beaches all the way to Frinton.”
“It's lovely up there, I meet lots of nice people and it’s nice and shaded for the warmer months.”
“You can choose the shaded, woodland walk or the open field walk on cloudy days. It’s filled with lovely flowers and plants.”
“Stick to the main paths and enjoy a covered, forest walk or use the public walk ways and wander into smaller villages like Abbots Langley – great for any weather.”
“Oxhey Woods is a lovely walk near Watford that has shaded, covered areas and open routes. It can get quite busy so reactive dogs should avoid.”
*NOTE* Please avoid walking your dog at the hottest time of the day (12pm-2pm) in severe heat, for more summer pet advice please click here.