Top Trails For Dog Walks, With The Woodland Trust

Whatever the weather, the dog is always excited for a walk and you should be too! We love getting outdoors at Joules, so we have teamed up with The Woodland Trust to share some of the best trails for dog walks. So dig out your wellies and head outside for fun and some fresh air. Why not let us know your favourite dog walking spots in the comments below?

1. Pressmennan Wood, Stenton, near Dubar, Scotland

This is a perfect location for your dog to explore while you enjoy the lake and sculpture trail, with its amazing views towards the Firth of Forth and Bass Rock. Look out for the magnificent ancient oak trees and an array of wildife, from deer and hares to otters and owls.  

2. Fingle Woods, fringes of Dartmoor, England

On the Southern side of the steep Teign Valley you’ll find this beautiful ancient woodland.  Keep your eyes peeled for the kingfishers or birds of prey that live among the trees.

3. Masons Wood, close to Preston, England

This beautiful woodland is a great place to de-stress with the dog.  It’s magical in mid-April to early June, when bluebells bloom at their colourful best.

4. Coed-y-Wenallt, near Cardiff, Wales

This woodland is also coated in a vast sea of bluebells each spring. It’s full of beautiful birds and wildlife too. Listen out for the sound of great spotted woodpeckers nosily drumming their beaks against tree trunks.

5. Martinshaw Wood, close to Ratby and Groby, Leicestershire, England

This is the perfect place for the dog to run free and you may even be tempted to join them! There are over 254 acres of woodland to explore, with more than 36 species of tree growing tall. Connected to the National Forest through an extensive network of footpaths, this wood is a dog walker’s dream.

6. Hackfall, edge of Yorkshire Dales, England

Both four and two-legged adventurers will find plenty to do at this wood. Rustic temples and grottos sit amid the shelter of the trees, waiting to be explored. Several streams wind their way through the wood, cascading across a series of waterfalls. If you’re really lucky, you may spot one of the otters that call the wood home.

7. Heartwood Forest, Sandridge, England

Farmland has been transformed into a thriving natural habitat at this newly planted woodland. Wildflowers bloom in open meadows each spring, providing food for butterflies and bees, while barn owls come out to hunt as the sun goes down.

From wildlife to waterfalls, there are endless possibilities whilst walking the dog. Just be sure to follow the dog walkers code.  The Woodland Trust is the UK’s largest woodland conservation charity, working to highlight the importance of protecting and creating woodland, so that it can be enjoyed by everyone – now and in years to come.

Whenever you are in the UK you are certain to be closer to a Woodland Trust wood than you think, with over 1,000 sites. Find your nearest using our interactive map here.

If you’re taking the kids along too, download our free woodland walk activity printables.

This post was brought to you in partnership with The Woodland Trust, the UK’s largest woodland conservation charity.  With over 1,000 free-to-visit woods across the UK, why not head to your nearest Woodland Trust site for your next dog walk?

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