The Lounging Hound’s Favourite Local Dog Walks

It’s Autumn and the perfect time for exploring your local area…..so grab your lead and head outdoors!  We all have favourite dog walks in our own neighbourhoods, but what about when you’re visiting somewhere for the first time? We asked a few of The Lounging Hound’s friends, from all over the UK, to recommend walks in their local area. For some reason, lots of them also suggested dog-friendly pubs along the way. Can’t think why…

 

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Shay and Oakley at Alnwick Castle

Northumberland / Helen, Shay and Oakley

Shay, a lab pointer cross, and Oakley, a lab lurcher cross love walking at Thrunton Wood near Alnwick. “There are several different walks on tracks and some lovely views at the top. Alnwick itself has a lovely circular walk from the town that goes through the pastures on the other side of the River Aln to Alnwick Castle (with great views) and passes Alnwick Gardens too.” For beach-loving hounds, head east to Alnmouth – a wide sandy bay that’s open to dogs all year round. The Red Lion pub is also dog friendly and has spectacular coastal views.

 

 

 

Fudge Garnon action

Poochon action shot!

Epping Forest / Pete and Fudge

“Our favourite walk is at Garnon Bushes, which is a site of special scientific interest (it purports to have adders but don’t panic – we’ve never seen any!) and there’s a pub of the same name which welcomes dogs and does a great Sunday roast.” It’s a round walk of about two miles, though you can extend it in various ways. You’ll go through different areas of forest including wide avenues and hilly tracks. Poochon Fudge is also a big fan of the walks around The Owl pub at High Beech – though that might be because of their irresistible Doggy Menu…

 

 

 

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Kerry, Scout, Jasper, Boo, Shadow & Bertie

The stunning landscapes and incredible views at Hankley Common are reminiscent of the Scottish Highlands – it was used to depict that very location in films like James Bond and Macbeth. “Hankley has huge wide sandy paths which the dogs seem to love and a great mix of heathland and woodland. We have done a six mile walk here before (we weren’t lost, honest). Afterwards, head to the Bel And The Dragon in Churt just a few minutes away. It’s super dog friendly, we have had six hounds there at the same time and they didn’t bat an eyelid.”

Please note, Hankley Common is MOD land, so occasionally you may encounter military training during your walk.

 

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A wet Woody at South Cerney

The Cotswolds / Megan, Woody and Wilma

“One of our favourite local dog walks, having water obsessed spaniels, is around South Cerney lakes near Cirencester. The public lake next to the Cotswold Outdoors shop is full of happy dogs and families at weekends, there’s also a canal towpath alongside. Then we visit The Old Boathouse right next to the lakes afterwards, where we sit outside with the dogs.” Woody and Wilma also love the gorgeous Westonbirt Arboretum. “We often visit in the Autumn as the leaves are just perfect.”

 

 

 

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Westward Ho! beach

North Devon / Richard and Monty

Cocker spaniel Monty loves it down at Northam Burrows at the far end of Westward Ho! beach. “There are grassy dunes, rocks and a huge expanse of sand to run on. The water is shallow so it’s perfect for splashing about in or going for a swim. We also spend a lot of time along the Tarka Trail.” This traffic-free footpath (but watch out for cyclists!) has stunning scenery and plenty of dog-friendly stop off points like the quirky Puffing Billy café near Torrington and the Blacksmiths Arms pub in Bideford.

 

 

 

Burnham Beeches

Burnham Beeches

The Chilterns / Natalie, Katie and Swift

“When our greyhounds Katie and Swift aren’t lounging on their sofa toppers, they love exploring Burnham Beeches at the edge of the Chilterns. There’s a three mile circular route that starts and ends at the car park off the A355. It’s a really magical woodland walk with ancient trees and bluebells in springtime. We always try to stop in at the Blackwood Arms afterwards. It’s really dog friendly and they have a log fire burning on cold days.”

 

 

 

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