Whatever the weather, getting outdoors and enjoying the fresh air, can be a great way to spend time with your four legged friend, especially with January being Walk Your Dog Month. But with the UK being home to so many beautiful landscapes, from woodland adventures and forest trails to the stunning Yorkshire countryside, where do you begin?
The research team at tails.com have analysed TikTok hashtag data to determine which dog walking spots across the UK offer the most beautiful and scenic UK walks – perfect to blow the cobwebs away this January.
So, if you’re looking for inspiration, look no further, as these are the top 10 best places in the UK to head to if you want to embrace the season on a beautiful UK walk this winter.
Top 10 most beautiful dog walks in the UK:
1. Sherwood Forest – Nottingham – 44.6 million hashtag views
2. Cheddar Gorge – Cheddar -34.8 million hashtag views
3. Hadrian’s Wall – Brampton – 23.4 million hashtag views
4. Epping Forest – Greater London – 7.7 million hashtag views
5. Robin Hoods Bay – Whitby – 6.8 million hashtag views
6. Rutland Water – Oakham – 4.3 million hashtag views
7. Castle Howard – York – 4.1 million hashtag views
8. Pennine Way – Edale – 2.2 million hashtag views
9. Thetford Forest – Brandon – 1.1 million hashtag views
10. Clumber Park – Worksop – 388,500 hashtag views
1. Sherwood Forest
Sherwood Forest, located 20 miles north of Nottingham, is a country park famous for its historical association with the legend of Robin Hood. The forest has four main walking trails designed to suit all interests and energy levels, which all start from the visitors centre.
The Giants Trail is the shortest route, and it takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. This trail offers visitors the opportunity to explore Sherwood Forest’s ancient oak trees, the largest collection in Europe, which are truly spectacular to look at.
Wildwood Trail is the longest route at 4 miles long, taking approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes to complete. There’s a lot to see on this trail which gives an insight into the wildlife, history and geology of this area.
TikTok Hashtag Views: 44.6 million
2. Cheddar Gorge
A haven for dogs and photographers alike, Cheddar Gorge allows you to explore Britain’s largest gorge, from the caverns and dramatic cliffs rising over 450ft. Filled with both history and adventure, it is the perfect location for energetic pups and their owners.
Cheddar Gorge is famous for its herd of feral goats, and the National Trust site is also home to Soay Sheep, Horseshoe bats, the dormouse and other rare plants and birdlife. While seeing all these new species is fun and exciting for both you and your pooch, it’s important to keep your dog in sight and under control.
TikTok Hashtag Views: 34.8 million
3. Hadrians Wall
It can take up to a whole week for active ramblers to walk the entire length of the 84-mile long Hadrian’s Wall. But fear not, there are plenty of shorter but still challenging walks around the area that are great for you and your four-legged friend to explore this month.
Why not follow the 5-mile stroll that starts at Roman Fort, Homesteads, and takes you right past Sycamore Gap that was famously used as part of Robin Hood Prince of Thieves. Set among the gorgeous Northumbrian landscapes, the wall is still impressive today and captures the importance of the Roman Empire.
TikTok Hashtag Views: 23.4 million
4. Epping Forest
If you live near the big smoke and often find it hard to find a quiet place to walk your dog, Epping Forest in London could be the answer. Located just outside of the city, the forest covers an enormous 6000 acres of woodland.
If you’re looking to get away from the bustling city life, you can explore the ancient Copped Hall Mansion with a 5-mile scenic walk. There’s something for everyone to enjoy at Epping Forest… including your canine companion.
Location: Greater London
TikTok Hashtag Views: 7.7 million
5. Robin Hood’s Bay
If you fancy dipping into the legendary history of Robin Hood, why not visit the stunning coast of Robin Hood’s Bay in Yorkshire. As an old fishing village, there are plenty of scenic spots to explore with your pooch, including the spectacular views from the top of the village, a three-mile walk across the sandy beaches, and soaring cliffs that look out to sea.
Walk along the ‘cinder track’- the disused Scarbrough railway line, or enjoy a 7-mile walk over to Whitby along the cliffs – there is a little pocket of history at every turn.
TikTok Hashtag Views: 6.8 million
6. Rutland Water
Let your happy hound experience the wind in their fur on a breath-taking walk along the beautiful reservoir located in Oakham, Rutland water.
Rutland Water is a large reservoir set within three thousand acres of picture-postcard English countryside on the borders of Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire. The route offers 25 miles of track for cycling and walking around the reservoir.
Plenty of activities are found around and on the water for families, couples, and their four-legged friends wishing to explore the area.
TikTok Hashtag Views: 4.3 million
7. Castle Howard
Castle Howard, located near York, is a magnificent stately home that covers over 9,000 acres of beautiful North Yorkshire countryside. Dotted with statues, temples, lakes and fountains, this historic home is bursting with history for the whole family to explore.
The property is most famously recognised for its feature in the hit Netflix period drama series Bridgerton, in which it was the residence of the Duke and Duchess.
Castle Howard welcomes four-legged friends, but they must be kept on a lead at all times for the safety and comfort of visitors and wildlife.
TikTok Hashtag Views: 4.1 million
8. Pennine Way
If you and your pooch fancy a challenging walk, then the mountainous landscapes of the Pennine Way await with a host of dog-friendly walking trails. The route stretches for 268 miles across England’s wild northern uplands.
While the Pennine Way is one of the most scenic dog-walking routes with more than 39 posts on Instagram, the route is hilly, and in places, the paths may be wet and boggy, so it’s important to be extra cautious when bringing your furry friends along.
TikTok Hashtag Views: 2.2 million
9. Thetford Forest
Thetford Forest is a tail-wagging treat of a dog-friendly day out. As one of the UK’s most beautiful walks, dogs and their owners are sure to enjoy a leisurely wander basking in the picture-postcard scenery.
With 18,730 hectares to discover, a wide variety of animal and plant life, Thetford Forest provides the ideal setting for a great adventure. You’ll want your camera on hand to take snapshots of the incredible sights.
TikTok Hashtag Views: 1.1 million
10. Clumber Park
Are you looking for a new place in the midlands for you and your furry friend to explore? Clumber Park in Nottinghamshire is a dog-friendly National Trust property rich with history, fun and adventure. Admire the beautiful habitats surrounding the Clumber estate, the woodland’s depths and the glistening Clumber Lake.
TikTok Hashtag Views: 388,500
Taking a seed list of popular dog walking routes across the UK, we have determined which are the most beautiful UK walks on the number of TikTok hashtag views in each of the locations.