5 ideas for a winter’s day out with your dog

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We know that the weather outside is frightful, and the fire is so delightful, but some of the best times to experience the outdoors can be when the ground is frosty and the trees are bare. We know it’s cold, but if you’re armed with your scarf, hat, earmuffs and boots, you and your dog can plan yourselves a great winter day out.

1. Bounding across the beach

The beach isn’t just for summer. The fresh sea air blows away the cobwebs as you walk along the shore and leaves you with rosy cheeks. It’s also a great place for dogs to burn off energy with a huge amount of space to run around, dig and play with other dogs. Most beaches are dog-friendly during the winter months and you can let your dog off the lead, but make sure you check beforehand, just in case.

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2. Exploring an old castle

Fancy more of an adventure? With lots of grounds to explore, you and your dog can get a whole lot of exercise and fresh air. Plus, you can immerse yourself in history and culture and maybe even learn something you didn’t know before. Whilst lots of old castle ruins are totally open to the public, check beforehand to see if the grounds are dog-friendly.

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3. Strolling through a country park

Now that it’s winter and there aren’t any picnics to interrupt or steal, it’s great to venture around some local greenery. Many country parks in the UK have vast green areas that are perfect for running around and exploring, just be mindful of the environment and local wildlife, you don’t want another Fenton on your hands…

4. Trekking through your local woods

If you go down to the woods today, you’re in for a great day out… The Forestry Commission has hundreds of miles to explore all over the UK and can keep you and your dog active and entertained for hours. Make sure you know when you need to have your dog on the lead, and always look after the environment by picking up after your dog.

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5. Warming up in the pub

The only thing better than cosying up in a warm pub is cosying up in a warm pub with your furry friend by your side. There are plenty of pubs that allow dogs to visit, and many are very accommodating and provide water and treats too.

Here’s a map of just some amazing pubs in the UK that allow dogs. 

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