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Dog Walking in England

Walking your dog is a great way to exercise and enjoy the great outdoors. With miles of paths to explore in our forests, there’s no need to leave your four-legged friend behind next time you’re planning a day out.

Whether you’re after a leisurely stroll or an energetic dash with your dog, our woods are the perfect place to stretch those legs! Help keep our forests in great shape too, by following our dog code and becoming our Top Dog.

Best places for dog walking

With over 1,500 woods and forests to choose from, you and your canine pal will be spoilt for choice! To help you get the most of out of your day with pulled together a list of our top forests for tail-wagging adventures, however, here’s a sneak peak of some of the best:

  1. Grizedale Tarn Trail (Grizedale, Cumbria) 
  2. The Red Walk (Great Wood, Somerset)
  3. Haldon Forest Park (Exeter)
  4. Wilverley Wander (New Forest, Hampshire)
  5. Coatham Wood Dog Activity Trail (Dalby Forest, Yorkshire)

Forest Dog codeBe our top dog!  

Help us keep our forests in tip top shape by following our dog code. It’ll help you, your dog and other forest visitors have the best forest day out! Find out how to become our Top Dog.

Douglas the Forestry Commission DogFive ideas to try on your forest walk

Need some inspiration to keep you and your four-legged friend active? We've done all the leg work for you, and pulled together a list of five things for you and your canine pal to enjoy.

1) A day playing Disc Dog

Train your own dog to undertake feats of spectacular athletics by having your own competition in the woods! Discs are great toys for your dog too, as they won’t splinter like sticks can.

2) Canicross adventures

Try your paw at canicross, a cross-country run, with your trusted side-kick right by your side on a lead and harness.

3) Agility in the forest

Make the most of the natural resources all around you. Try getting your dog to duck and weave around the trees or jump over a log.

4) Explore the forest

Your dog is a natural explorer, and loves sticking its snout into new things and discovering new smells. Give in to the pull to explore the forest by going for a lovely hike in a forest near you.

5) Dog training activities

Have a go at one of our dog training activity sheets! Teach your dog how to stay put and roll over or balance a treat on their nose.

Last updated: 2nd August 2016

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