Confession – this might just be our favourite season for dog walking. The cooler weather and colourful foliage make autumn perfect for a longer adventure with your dog. Although the days are getting shorter, there’s still plenty of light to take in some breathtaking views and make the most of the season. So… Where are the best autumn dog walks in the UK?
You’re in luck! We’ve put together a list of our top 10 autumn walk destinations. With recommendations from members of the tails.com Wet Nose Nation and tails.com HQ itself! These destinations are the real deal. Complete with top tips for making the most of these golden days with your dog before the weather turns.
Read on to discover all our dog-friendly autumn walk insights (don’t forget your gloves!).
Where are the best autumn dog walks?
1. The New Forest, Hampshire
“We love the New Forest for the variety of heathland, wildlife, streams and beaches – what dog could ask for more? Every walk is an adventure.”
Recommended by tails.com Wet Nose Nation members Debbie and Hope the dog
2. Lake Windermere, Cumbria
Nestled between some of the most picturesque mountains in the UK is Windermere, Britain’s biggest lake. It’s a breathtaking walk with plenty of photo opportunities – we recommend a walk around the west shore in particular. Take a break on one of the dog-friendly boats that cross the lake from Ambleside to Bowness and enjoy the incredible changing scenery with your pup by your side.
3. Ivinghoe Beacon, Buckinghamshire
Prepare to be swept away by stunning views and picturesque scenery. There’s a few hills on the circular walk here, but still great for those of all ages and as you can see, dogs love standing on top of the beacon with the wind in their fur! For a dog-friendly pit stop, stop at The Greyhound, Aldbury.
Recommended by tails.com Food Technologist Lottie and Dolly the dog
4. Delamere Forest, Cheshire
“It’s gotta be Delamere Forest for us! The drama in which the colours change with the falling leaves never fails to take my breath away. Plus it’s perfect for my little bog monster to test my mental strength”
Recommended by tails.com Food and Health Specialist Jen and Alf the dog
5. Cromer, Norfolk
“Cromer, Norfolk for the dog-friendly beaches, pier and restaurants!”
Recommended by tails.com Wet Nose Nation members Ella and Bonnie the dog
6. Hardcastle Crags, West Yorkshire
This stunning valley is home to a wide variety of features that are sure to keep your dog stimulated, from dense forests to winding rivers. Pack a picnic and plenty of treats – this National Trust site has over 15 miles of footpaths to explore with your dog.
7. Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwickshire
If you and your dog prefer a less rural walk, or a few more watering holes along the way, consider a day trip to Stratford-Upon-Avon. Wander the charming cobbled streets to Shakespeare’s house, or head out and discover the waterways on a 1.5-mile looped river walk. Or lean into the ethereal autumn atmosphere with a dog-friendly ghost walk across the city!
8. Bourne Woods, Surrey
“A famous filming location for a reason, be prepared for some jaw-dropping scenery. Incredibly dog-friendly, with plenty of quiet trails and sniffing to be enjoyed. Top tip – find those high points for wide-ranging views of the Surrey hills!”
Recommended by tails.com Copywriter Olivia and Goose the dog
9. Pease Bay, Scotland
One of the most beautiful beach walks going, hit Pease Bay at sunrise or sunset for a truly unforgettable walk. The firm sand is paw-friendly and the gentle waters are safe for your dog to explore – just be sure to keep a close eye on them. It might be a bit too cold for an autumnal dip, but the views across the dunes are worth putting a few extra layers on for.
Recommended by tails.com CRM Executive Chloe and Tobi the dog
10. Richmond Park, London
We might be a little biased when it comes to this walk because tails.com HQ is based nearby – but the views are truly spectacular. The 2500 acre park boasts woodlands and long stretches of heath, as well as a resident deer population! This does means your dog will need to stick to the lead at certain points of the year, but there’s still plenty of sniffing and exploring to be had. There’s a variety of walks and trails across the park, for all kinds of walkers. Safe to say, we highly recommend it…
Autumn walk checklist
Walking in autumn comes with a few challenges, and it’s always best to be prepared for the changing weather. Here are some suggestions of what to pack on your autumn walks:
- Warm layers for yourself, and a coat for your dog if they have finer fur or a slighter build
- You might want to add a reflective collar to your dog for extra visibility
- Your dog’s favourite treats to encourage recall
- Water and a portable dog bowl – the weather might be cooler, but your dog will still need to rehydrate after a long walk
Check out our tips for walking your dog in the dark so you’re ready to explore these shorter days safely.
How to make the most of autumn walks
It’s common knowledge that getting outside in the fresh air with your dog is great for your physical and mental health, whatever the weather. It’s also the perfect time to introduce your dog to a new location, explore a different route together and make a few memories along the way. We recommend taking your phone with you or packing a lightweight camera so you can capture all the autumn colours in your cute dog photos – check out our autumn photography ideas here.
Do you have a favourite autumn dog walk – or have you explored one of these routes? We welcome all dog walking tips, and would love to see your seasonal dog photos! Tag us in your Facebook and Instagram pics with #tailsdotcom and don’t forget to join our Facebook group, the tails.com Wet Nose Nation, for more dog walking inspiration.