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Stunning photos show UK’s most scenic dog-walking spots – including Hadrian’s Wall

These mesmerising images show some of the most scenic places for dog walks in the UK – including the Yorkshire Dales, Hadrian’s Wall and Cheddar Gorge.

The top 40 most visited destinations were determined by a survey of over 2000 dog owners in the UK.

Nearby the ocean (44%) was the most popular spot for dog walks, with many of the top spots in the South West.

The top five spots went to Cornwall, while Devon was also present with Doone Valley, Baggy Point, and Devon.

It also emerged three in ten owners enjoy strolls by lakes, with the Lake District’s Derwentwater taking the second spot in the top 40.



The Yorkshire Dales has been named as the most scenic dog-walking route
The Yorkshire Dales has been named as the most scenic dog-walking route

The poll, commissioned by Devon-based natural pet food producer Forthglade, revealed a further 39 percent opt for walks in a forest, while 28 percent chose national parks.

It also found the choice of dog walk destination is heavily influenced by how safe it is for pups (46 percent), if there’s adequate space for them to be let off a lead (29 percent), and if it’s somewhere to connect with nature (26 percent).

Gerard Lovell, joint managing director at Forthglade, said: “We’re lucky to have so many picturesque places in the UK to enjoy walks with dogs.

“It’s important both owners and canine companions enjoy connecting with nature and discovering new places further afield from their usual route.”

Places with free parking (22 percent), dog-friendly cafés (14 percent) and somewhere for the dog to swim (15 percent) are also likely to impact on where dog walkers spend the day.

OnePoll also found that 46% of dog walkers felt their health improved during the pandemic. 24% went for longer walks each day.



Half of the sites on the list are cared for, or partially cared for, by National Trust
Half of the sites on the list are cared for, or partially cared for, by National Trust

The poll also revealed that nearly half (49 percent) have even chosen holiday locations based on the suitability for their pup, seeking out dog-friendly accommodation (61 percent), beaches (59 percent) and nearby walking spaces (55 percent).

And a quarter believe they get equally as excited for a walk as their dog, while 41 percent admitted they wouldn’t be as fit if they didn’t have their pet.

Half of respondents said they are open to exploring new areas, while 40% found a different route more interesting than staying on the same path.

23 percent of them changed their route more and 11 percent went on walks with friends.

Gerard Lovell added: “If there’s one thing that we’ve learnt this year, it’s that dogs have become even more precious to people, and are a true extension of the family.

“Daily walks and exercise with them hugely benefits the physical and mental wellbeing of both parties, nurturing deeper bonds between dogs and their owners.”

Over half of the top 40 locations in the survey are cared for, or partially cared for by Europe’s largest conservation charity, the National Trust.



Cornwall took two of the top five spots on the list, with Holywell Bay at number 5
Cornwall took two of the top five spots on the list, with Holywell Bay at number 5

The charity, in partnership with the pet food maker, has launched the Dogs Welcome Project, which is committed to improving the facilities and experience for canine visitors and their humans.

Simon Reeve, an adventurer, has joined forces with Forthglade to create a video that shows a dog walking in Arlington Court in Devon. This Regency house is set in a beautiful garden.

Simon Reeve said: “I think it’s brilliant that the team at Forthglade and the National Trust are working to ensure dogs and their humans are even more welcome at so many of the Trust’s properties, whilst also making sure there’s space for people who may not always want a dog bounding around them.



Stunning photos show UK's most scenic dog-walking spots - including Hadrian's Wall

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“My dogs have taught me how to be more present, aware of nature, and draw fulfilment from every precious moment spent outdoors.

“Importantly, my dogs are essential to my mental health, and I always find the simple act of putting one foot in front of another a powerful mental tonic, and my dogs offer a profound psychological support.”

Ceinwen Paynton, from The National Trust, added: “Working together gives us a great opportunity to focus on our members with dogs and how to make visits even better for them, while balancing that with access for other visitors and nature conservation.

“We recognise that a large proportion of our members are dog owners – with this increasing over the last two years- and what an important way of accessing nature and green spaces dogs can be.”

TOP 40 MOST SCENIC DOG-WALKING ROUTES:

  1. Yorkshire Dales
  2. Derwentwater, Lake District
  3. Cheddar Gorge, Somerset
  4. Lizard Point, Cornwall
  5. Holywell Beach, Cornwall
  6. Hadrian’s Wall, Northumberland
  7. Ullswater, Cumbria
  8. Glastonbury Tor, Somerset
  9. Holkham Beach, Norfolk
  10. The Roaches, Peak District
  11. Richmond Park, London
  12. The Seven Sisters, South Downs
  13. Durham Coast, Durham
  14. Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh
  15. The Langdales, Cumbria
  16. Pen y Fan, Wales
  17. Rhosili Bay, South Wales
  18. Doone Valley, North Devon
  19. Golden Cap, Dorset
  20. Cragside, Northumberland
  21. Sheringham Park, Norfolk
  22. Clifton Downs, Bristol
  23. Tennyson Down, Isle of Wight
  24. Kinmel Bay, Wales
  25. Baggy Point, North Devon
  26. Clent Hills, Worcestershire
  27. Bath Skyline Walk, Bath
  28. Hengistbury Head, Dorset
  29. Hatfield Forest, Essex
  30. Heaven’s Gate, Wiltshire
  31. Orwell Country Park, Ipswich
  32. Lyme, Cheshire
  33. Blickling Estate, Norfolk
  34. Westonbirt Arboretum, Gloucestershire
  35. Flatford, Suffolk
  36. Grantchester Meadows, Suffolk
  37. Whiteford Burrows, North Gower Coast
  38. Laverstock Down, Salisbury
  39. Green Chain Walk, London
  40. Attingham Park, Shropshire

Stunning photos show UK's most scenic dog-walking spots - including Hadrian's Wall
Anurag Reddy
I'm a 29-year-old travel enthusiast, travel and nature photographer, Computer Science graduate, and Mass Communication student. I have seen different shades of life through traveling and lived different lives through reading. With every word I write, I travel within, and I understand myself better. Writing helps me discover myself, and that paved roads for me to choose writing as a profession.
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