Wag Wins have sniffed out 7 favourite dog friendly places in the South West, to take you dog on a tail wagging walk-a-day this spring!
1) Westonbirt Arboretum
Westonbirt Arboretum is a fabulous place for walking your dog all year round whilst exposing your senses to its seasonal beauty including blooming magnolias in summer, maples and acers in autumn, carpets of bluebells and snowdrops in spring and the all-mighty Christmas walk wonderland in winter. There are so many routes you can take that you never get bored doing the same loop. And you can walk to meet other dog owners or take off the path tracks that make you feel completely isolated and at peace. A good cafe/restaurant as well.
2) The Tythe Barn-Avoncliffe, Bradford on Avon
One of Wag Wins favourite dog walks is along the river at Bradford on Avon. Allowing the dogs to splash their paws in the shallow river beside the Tithe Barn and walking towards Avoncliffe where you can stop at the dog friendly Cross Guns pub or the dog friendly No.10 Tea Gardens to refresh your dog with a Marshfield Scoops dog ice cream or handmade dog treat!
3) Castle Combe
A 4-mile circular walk from the picturesque village of Castle Combe in the Cotswolds, Wiltshire. Using the ifootpath.com app to lead your walk through a beautiful parkland golf course, before joining a beautiful stream-side path that leads you past the former buildings of Nettleton Mill and then crosses an ancient clapper bridge. On the return leg, you will pass through stunning sections of beech woodland, swimming with wild garlic in the spring months, before enjoying the centre of Castle Combe with its stone cottages, market cross and church.
4) Bath Skyline (National Trust)
One of Bath’s unique attractions is its surrounding wildlife-rich meadows and wooded hillsides where you can walk and relax amongst the views over the historic cityscape. There’s a 6-mile Bath Skyline walk, or shorter routes to follow from the city centre.
5) Southwick Country Park
Southwick Country Park is 150 acres of old farmland, situated in the parish of Southwick, just on the western edge of Wiltshire’s County Town of Trowbridge. This is a popular country park with dog walkers, families and locals. There are a series of several fields crossed by a river and a pond which is popular with dogs. Many dogs here are off lead, but there is space to avoid other dogs and it is quieter off the main pathway. As part of the park there is the Hope Nature Centre with a tea room.
6) Mill Lane, Box
Mill lane walks through box along large open fields to stretch those four furry legs, with direct access to the river for Doggy swimming, Lovely in the summer.
7) The Avenue, Wiltshire
At The Avenue in Wiltshire, you come across large open fields to walk in, which takes almost an hour to walk to one end and back again. If you don’t mind a little road walking, you can do a circular walk which includes the incredible (and dog friendly pub) The Longs Arms in South Wraxall. Just stick to the footpath as the farm manager is fierce! There’re a few parking spaces on the South Wraxall end and a few on the Monkton Farleigh end (plus a dog poo bin!) For a few weeks each year there’s cows in the fields (normally late summer).