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.
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Dog friendly walks in the Peak District
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.
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.
Shining Tor and
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.
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.
Dog friendly walks in the Lake District
Loughrigg Fell &
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.