14 of the best places to walk your dog in Gloucestershire

Walkies! SoGlos has picked out 14 of the best places to walk your dog in Gloucestershire, if you're looking for the ‘pawfect’ place to exercise with your four-legged friend.

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

So, grab the lead and head out for some scenic walkies with SoGlos selecting 14 of the best places to exercise your four-legged friends in the county.


About the sponsor – Forestry England Forest of Dean

Well-loved by locals and visitors alike, the Forest of Dean is a fantastic place to explore with furry friends. From getting their paws muddy on a rainy day to paddling on a summer scorcher, there’s plenty for pets, as well as families and solo adventurers, to enjoy.

With endless trails through the ancient woodland and scenic spots with space to play fetch, dogs are welcome at popular sites including Symonds Yat Rock, Cannop Ponds and family-favourite Beechenhurst.

For more information, visit forestryengland.uk.


1. Dog walking at Mallards Pike in the Forest of Dean

Combining beautiful lakeside views and pristine woodland surroundings, Mallards Pike is a great spot for a picturesque dog walk, whatever the season.

Curious pooches will love following the scents of woodland wildlife along the site’s various walking trails, while there’s a designated swimming area for adventurous dogs to take a dip.


2. Dog walking along the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail

Ramble along the Sculpture Trail in the Forest of Dean with your dog for a spot of fresh air, exercise and alfresco culture, with 16 fascinating sculptures to discover as you go.

The four-and-a-half-mile route is located at Beechenhurst, which is also home to a lovely café serving light lunches and refreshments and an outdoor picnic area, where owners are welcome to sit with their dogs.


3. Dog walking at Painswick Rococo Garden

One of Gloucestershire’s best dog-friendly attractions, Painswick Rococo Garden welcomes well-behaved pooches for walks around its enchanting grounds, as long as they are kept on a lead.

Dogs can also visit the on-site shop and café, where there’s always a fresh bowl of water to drink from.


4. Dog walking at Rodborough Common in Stroud

Expect nothing short of incredible views over the Stroud Valley and Severn Estuary when walking on Rodborough Common.

Dogs and their owners can enjoy anything from a one-mile loop to a longer route through the nearby Cotswold villages, with plenty of open space for energetic pooches to bound through the grass.


5. Dog walking at the Severn Ham in Tewkesbury

Open fields and well-trodden paths make the Severn Ham an ideal spot for a leisurely walk with dogs of all sizes, with the ancient water meadow accessible via a small footbridge from Tewkesbury town centre.

The flat stroll has plenty to keep both people and pets occupied, with chances to soak up the calm of the unspoilt nature, spot beautiful wildflowers and see impressive views of the Malvern Hills in the distance.


6. Dog walking at Broadway Tower

Just over the Worcestershire border, dogs and their owners can enjoy a lung-busting walk up to Broadway Tower, the second highest point in the Cotswolds with stunning views over the countryside.

With a circular route starting in Broadway, walkers and their furry companions can head to the top of the hill to take in the scenery, before heading back down to the quintessential Cotswold village.


7. Dog walking at Cranham Woods near Gloucester

Renowned for its impressive mountain biking trails, Cranham Woods is also a great spot for walks that will get tails wagging.

Wander through the beech woodland, past Cooper’s Hill, the famous site of Gloucestershire’s annual Cheese Rolling event and back through the trees – with plenty of squirrels to chase and scents to track along the way.


8. Dog walking at Cotswold Water Park

Spanning 42 square miles and encompassing over 100 lakes, Cotswold Water Park is home to many great circular walks for walkers and their furry friends to enjoy.

Dogs will love exploring the variety of landscapes, from canal towpaths to spacious meadows – although it is recommended that they are kept away from the lakes, so as not to disturb the wildlife.


9. Dog walking at Coaley Peak near Stroud

Forming part of the Cotswold Way, which stretches 102 miles from Bath into Gloucestershire, Coaley Peak boasts beautiful views across the River Severn, with walkers able to see as far as south Wales on a clear day.

There’s plenty of open space for lively dogs to play fetch, wildflower meadows to stroll through, and even picnic spots to enjoy in the warmer months.


10. Dog walking at Pittville Park in Cheltenham

With masses of space to roam around and meet other four-legged companions, Cheltenham’s Pittville Park is a great place to spend quality time with your beloved
pooch.

There’s even dog-friendly ice cream available to take away from the cafés – with sweet treats and hot drinks for humans, too.


11. Dog walking near Sudeley Castle

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

And although dogs aren’t allowed inside Sudeley Castle and Gardens itself, the Winchcombe attraction is well worth a return trip without your four-legged friends.


12. Dog walking at Robinswood Hill in Gloucester

Dogs and their owners can lap up the beautiful 250 acres of rolling countryside at Robinswood Hill in Gloucester, with wrap-around views of the county and beyond from the summit.

With multiple waymarked trails and plenty of wildlife to look out for, it’s a top choice for getting out in the fresh air with four-legged friends.


13. Dog walking at Stratford Park in Stroud

Stratford Park offers 56 acres for dogs to exercise in, complete with a scenic lake and an arboretum to explore.

Also great for family days out, the Stroud park is a popular spot for picnics in warmer months, with a play area to keep little ones entertained while your pooch blows off some steam.


14. Dog walking at Cleeve Hill in Cheltenham

A trek to the top of Cleeve Hill, the highest point in Gloucestershire and the UK’s fastest mountain to climb, is enough to wear out any energetic dog, and rewards walkers with incredible views over Cheltenham, Tewkesbury and beyond.

With intersecting footpaths to follow, the site offers different routes for owners to explore with their furry companions, with the chance to get on the Cotswold Way, too.


For more information about Forestry England and the Forest of Dean, visit forestryengland.uk.


By Annabel Lammas

© SoGlos
Tuesday 21 December 2021

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