Tuesday 7 July 2020

14 of the best places to walk your dog in Gloucestershire

If you're looking for the perfect place for walkies, SoGlos has picked out 14 of the best places to walk your dog in Gloucestershire.

The gorgeous Gloucestershire countryside is brimming with perfect places to walk your dog – from short woodland walks for pooches with little legs to brisk hikes on the hills and across the fields for the most energetic pets.

Please remember to follow all the current guidelines and maintain social distancing when visiting these lovely locations.

1. Dog walking at Mallards Pike

Promising the perfect combination of beautiful views and pristine woodland surroundings, Mallards Pike in the Forest of Dean is the top of our picks for places to walk your dog.

There’s also an area for your dog to take a dip and a host of things for them to sniff.

Car parks, toilets and trails at Mallards Pike are all open, but the café remains closed for the time being.

2. Dog walking at Rodborough Common

Expect nothing short of incredible views over the Stroud Valley when you walk on Rodborough Common.

Dogs can scurry through the grass, and enjoy anything from a one-mile loop or a longer route through the nearby Cotswold villages.

Car parking spaces are limited and visitors are asked to come back another time if car parks are full.

3. Dog walking at The Severn Ham in Tewkesbury

For a flat stroll that has plenty to keep you occupied, head to The Severn Ham in Tewkesbury and keep your eyes peeled for impressive views of the Malvern Hills in the distance.

Open fields and well-trodden paths mean this route is ideal for a leisurely walk with the littlest of dogs, and what’s more, there are plenty of chances to see some beautiful wildlife too.

Remember to maintain social distancing when accessing The Severn Ham from the footbridge in Tewkesbury.

4. Dog walking at Broadway Tower

Just over the border in Broadway, man / woman and their energetic best friend can take on the hilly walk up to Broadway Tower.

With a loop starting in Broadway village, walkers and dogs can head to the top of the hill and take in the views before heading back down to the village.

The Broadway car park, country park and shepherds hut serving ice-cream, drinks and snacks reopened on Saturday 30 May 2020.

5. Dog walking at Cranham Woods

Renowned for its impressive mountain biking trails, Cranham Woods are also a great spot for a lovely dog walk.

Head through the Beech woodland, past the famous Cooper’s Hill and back through the woods, for plenty of places to get tails wagging.

6. Dog walking at Cotswold Water Park

Head to South Cerney for a beautiful waterside walk with your dog. Look out for incredible wildlife or pack a picnic to enjoy at the side of one of the park’s impressive lakes.

All of the car parks are now open, but visitors are encouraged to download an app to pay for parking to minimise physical contact with payment machines. Cotswold Water Park Trust members can still park for free.

7. Dog walking at Coaley Peak

Forming part of the Cotswold Way, which stretches 100 miles from Bath into Gloucestershire, Coaley Peak boasts wild flower meadows, beautiful views and also great picnic spots to enjoy in the warmer months.

Due to the lockdown restrictions, the wildlife at Coaley Peak has been taking advantage of the extra space, so visitors are asked to bear in mind that they may find animals and their young in unusual places, such as pathways and entrances, and to be careful.

8. Dog walking at Pittville Park

With masses of space to roam around, plenty of places to sniff and even dog ice cream available at the cafés, Pittville Park is a great place for walking your dog and meeting other four-legged companions.

Although seating at the café is not available at the moment, Central Cross Café is open for takeaway coffee, cake and ice cream with social distancing measures in place.

9. Dog walking at Sudeley Castle’s grounds

Keep your pooch on a lead and explore the beautiful woodland walk that loops around Sudeley Castle and its impressive grounds. Taking in woodland, hills and villages, the walk begins from Abbey Terrace in Winchcombe.

Sudeley Castle is closed at the moment, but when it reopens, it’s a must-visit.

10. Dog walking at Robinswood Hill

Dogs and their owners can lap up the beautiful 250 acres of rolling countryside at Robinswood Hill in Gloucester. With wrap-around views, multiple trails and plenty of wildlife to look out for, it’s a great choice.

There’s free parking at Robinswood Hill. But if the car park is full, visitors are asked to come back another time.

11. Dog walking at Rococo Garden

Dogs can enjoy a day out at Rococo Garden, near Painswick, where they can sniff and explore the spectacular garden and woodland with their owners.

Opening times and visitor numbers are currently restricted at Rococo Garden and tickets need be booked online in advance.

12. Dog walking at Stratford Park

Stratford Park in Stroud spans 56 acres for dogs to exercise in and includes a lovely arboretum, woodland and lake too.

Popular for picnics, the Stroud park is a great place to walk the dog and tuck into an alfresco lunch with the family.

13. Dog walking along the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail

Ramble along the Sculpture Trail in the Forest of Dean with your dog – for fresh air, energetic exercise and a bit of alfresco culture!

Suitable for four-legged companions, the start of the walk is also home to Beechenhurst café, which is great for refuelling, but bear in mind the café is only open for takeaways at the moment.

14. Dog walking at Cleeve Hill

Soak up the incredible views over Cheltenham, Tewkesbury and towards the Malvern Hills and let your dog burn off some energy on Cleeve Hill.

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Monday 08 June 2020

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