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Dog in Farm

Dog Friendly Walks

Our Favourite Dog Friendly Walks

Getting out in the hills with your dog is always a fantastic experience. Dogs have endless enthusiasm and make great companions for roaming across hills, ridge lines and moorland. We've selected some of our favourite dog walking routes across the North of England, including the Lake District and Peak District to get you and your dog out and about.

Some of these routes are more suitable for bigger dogs, so please exercise your own judgement, especially in the Lake District - don't take a dachshund up Glaramara, for example - you know your four legged friend better than we do.


Please remember that at all times you are totally responsible for your dog’s safety and wellbeing. Also, when taking your dog walking anywhere across access land or on public footpaths please ensure before you enter fields with livestock you put your dog on a lead, and obey the countryside code.

Click an image to find out more about each walk or visit our gallery to see everything in one go.

Dog friendly walks in the Peak District


2-3 Hours

A pleasant 6 mile circular walk that takes in some stunning elevations in one of the most popular areas of the Peak District. A great weekend walk that doesn't take too much time but will leave you feeling refreshed.


3 Hours

Dovestone Reservoir and Wimberry Crag

Extremely popular in the summer, Dovestone Reservoir is just outside of Oldham and right on the edge of the Peak District and Saddleworth Moor. 


2-3 Hours

Thor's Cave,

A quick 3 mile round trip starting in Wetton to the popular Thor's Cave in Staffordshire and down the Manifold Valley, back to the village. A fun place to climb for a challenge or take the family round on a weekend alike.

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4-5 Hours (Possibly 3)

Alport Castles formed as the result of a landslide, said to be the largest in the UK. This walk starts in the Derwent Valley and ends up with fantastic views down the Hope Valley. Not to be missed, and definitely a good one.


2-3 Hours

Shining Tor and
Errwood Hall

An easy Sunday morning walk near Buxton and Macclesfield with a short climb to some stunning views across the Cheshire plain. This route also gives you the opportunity to view the ruins of Errwood Hall.


2-3 Hours

A quick 3 mile round trip starting in Wetton to the popular Thor's Cave in Staffordshire and down the Manifold Valley, back to the village. A fun place to climb for a challenge or take the family round on a weekend alike.


3-4 Hours

An 8-mile circular walk around two stunning rock formations near Leek - The Roaches and Lud's Church. A perfect long weekend walk without much vertical challenge which won't stress the legs too much.


3-4 Hours

Stanage Edge,

A good circular route up onto the top of the edge and back around into Hathersage. A nice incline at the start, if you like that sort of thing. We did this in heavy snow and the going was still good. 



A short 2 mile round trip starting in Timberbrook up and over Bosley Cloud for some of the greatest views in Cheshire. Bring a camera, take your time and enjoy yourselves!

Dog friendly walks in the Lake District


3-4 Hours

Scafell Pike is the highest point in England and one of the famous 'Three Peaks' in the UK. Expect a hard climb but fantastic views when there is no mist at the top. Relax at Wast Water if the climb looks too ominous.


3-4 Hours

Loughrigg Fell &
Rydal Falls

A long and (relatively) flat circular walk from Ambleside taking in Rydal falls before climbing Loughrigg and descending back to the start. Not too challenging compared with some of the larger climbs available around Ambleside and beyond.


3-5 Hours

A reversed walk over Hartsop above How, taking in Brothers Water and the Dovedale first before ascending onto Hart Crag and coming back down Hartsop above How. There are plenty of other peaks if you want to take a detour at the top of Hart Crag too.

Other dog friendly walks in the North of England


2-3 Hours

A circular route through Janet's Foss up onto the top of the Malham Waterfall, into the Cove and back to the start point. 


1-2 Hours

An easy weekend walk through Styal Woods and around the National Trust property of Quarry Bank Mill. Family and dog friendly.


2-3 Hours

This walk covers the (paid for) Ingleton Waterfalls trail and takes in some of the most stunning waterfalls in the Yorkshire Dales. 


2-3 Hours

An easy weekend walk through Macclesfield forest up to Shutlingsloe and back. Family and dog friendly with some great (if exposed) views. 

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