5 Best Places To Walk Your Dog
Hello everyone, and welcome to another River Dogs dog blog! We hope that you’ve had an action-packed and exciting week with your four-legged friends and that your dogs are healthy, wealthy, and happy (wealthy in homemade dog biscuits that is)! We’ve had lots of dog blog ideas over the years, all of which have been designed to give you, our esteemed dog lovers, lots of useful and helpful information and a few laughs along the way (we hope!). From taking your dog abroad to the latest and greatest dog myths, we try to cover all of the pressing issues that are on your minds, but one question that we get over and over again is ‘where are the best places to walk your dog?’
We’re lucky to be blessed with so much beautiful scenery in and around Yorkshire, and while we’ve already covered the top dog walks in Tadcaster, we thought it might be nicer to look a little further afield and list 5 of the best places to walk your dog in God’s own county. Sometimes we need a little push to get out of our comfort zones and try something new, and the following routes in this list are a perfect excuse to take a day trip with your pooch, stretch your legs, and take in some beautiful sights.
That’s enough from me (even I’m getting bored of the sound of my own voice…or reading my words…you get the idea). Let’s put all four paws to the trail and check out some of the top walks as chosen by customers of a doggy daycare near me and you (that’s the pups!)
If you like your poochy-outings to be twinned with a slice of local-made cake and stunning riverside walks, then the first destination on our list of the best places to walk your dog will be right up your street. The beautiful market town of Knaresborough has lots of hidden treasure troves for dog walkers, and this six-mile walk from Mother Shipton’s Cave through the quaint village of Bilton and finally onto the River Nidd should give you and your furry-friend the perfect amount of bonding time before settling down for a pint and a puppacino. We all know that the River Dogs love the water (it’s in the name), and the Nidd is a prefect place to have a dip on a hot summers day.
2. Cleveland Hills
We’re not suggesting that you head out to Ohio for this next entry on our list of the best places to walk your dog, but rather the North-eastern hilly paradise that is home to woodland trails, beautiful flowers, and tonnes of open space for you and your pup to recreate your favourite scenes from The Sound Of Music (we’re not judging; what you get up to in your spare time is nothing to do with us!). Passing through Clay Bank and the Greenhow Plantation, you can take in the bright and colourful scenery at a leisurely pace, stopping to take in the views of Roseberry Topping and the Captain Cook Monument when you feel like a rest. I feel like getting my wellies on and heading over there now, but there are still three points left in this list, and I’ve got a word count to meet!
3. Aysgarth Falls
Keen outdoor enthusiasts may already know about this little slice of woodland heaven that makes up part of the James Herriot way. Whereas the full route dedicated to everyone’s favourite veterinary surgeon is a whopping 80km long, the route around Aysgarth Falls is a much more manageable 3-miles and is wheelchair and pushchair accessible. There is a place to park your vehicle if you’re coming from further afield too, making this a fun, family-friendly place to bring your pooch! The walk around the tranquil village of Aysgarth takes in three waterfalls as well as the sights and sounds of the countryside. Breathe in that fresh air!
4. Dick Turpin’s Walk – York
Even highwaymen have to make sure that their dogs are exercised from time to time you know! Not only does this next entry on our list of the best places to walk your dog have a strong rhyming element to it, but it’s also pretty near to our own doggy daycare centre! The Dick Turpin York walk starts at the iconic Clifford’s Tower before heading to Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma-Gate (arguably my favourite street name ever). You can then have a little rest at The Last Drop Inn, which was supposedly the highwayman’s local and is 100% dog-friendly. Then it’s on to the Minster and finally The Three Legged Mare, before finishing back off at Clifford’s Tower. Admittedly, this is a walk for the human-dog-duo that like a pint and a pack of pork scratchings at regular intervals, but if you’re looking for the best place to walk your dog with a bit of history thrown into the mix, then this could be the route for you.
5. Flamborough Head
With 10km of open headland stretching out into the North Sea, the Village of Flamborough is a perfect starting place to head out on an unplanned adventure into the wilderness. Bird watchers can grab their binoculars and tick off lots of interesting species as their dogs sit and spot seals frolicking out in the open water. It’s a fascinating place, complete with a well-preserved lighthouse and artistic rock-formations that will have budding painters and photographers coming back for more time and time again (that’s the humans, not the dogs).
Thank’s for checking out our list of the best places to walk your dog in Yorkshire. We hope that we’ve given you the inspiration to add a few new routes into your doggy walking repertoire and that you’ll send us your pics on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram once you’re there!
Still hungry for more dog blog content? Check out what happens when a new dog waltzes onto the Tadcaster Doggy Day Care scene, and then brush up on your canine knowledge with these interesting dog facts for kids (and adults too!)