Dog Friendly Walks in Cheshire
From the eastern edge of the Peak District National Park to the Wirral Peninsula, Cheshire is blessed with a jaw-dropping natural landscape. Craggy ridges, enchanted forests, sprawling moorlands and wild meadows will beguile you at the turn of every corner. In between, you’ll find charming villages, historic towns and vibrant cities. Dog walks in Cheshire’s delightful countryside are a wonderful way to share a holiday with your pets. Here are some places to check out that are easily reachable from our hotel in the village of Tarporley.
Visit a Country Park
Crisscrossed by walking and cycling trails, country parks are great options for dog-friendly days out in Cheshire. Set against the backdrop of the Peak District is Tegg’s Nose Country Park. You and your dog will love running along natural tracks that travel up a 1,200-feet-high hilltop, where panoramic views of an emerald green valley await. Marbury Country Park has an arboretum, picnic sites, streams and an open-air swimming pool. In Chester, the Countess of Chester Country Park has plenty of open spaces for your pooch to roam freely.
Explore the Wide Open Countryside
With forested areas, hills, meadows and trails suitable for all ages and fitness levels, Delamere Forest is one of Cheshire’s most popular dog walking locations. It’s the ideal spot for escaping to quiet corners and relaxing by lakeshores. Walk together up to Old Pale Hill for views of Liverpool’s rooftops. Or let them rest while you tackle the Go Ape adventure course. Dogs will feel at home sniffng around huge oak trees and wildflowers in Tarvin Community Woodland. To the south of Chester’s centre, Duke’s Drive is a laidback woodland road that was once the main route to the Duke of Westminster’s Eaton Hall. Also close to Chester is The Meadows grassland and wetland area, where cattle graze freely.
Tour a Nature Reserve
Head to South Cheshire and Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve for some fun for all ages. A trail winds through a woodland of ancient birch and oak trees and to viewpoints across Brereton Pool lake. Keep an eye open for colourful birds, butterflies and art installations.
Follow Marked Trails
Running between Disley and Kidsgrove on the eastern edge of the county is the waymarked Gritstone Trail. The hilly route is perfect for fit walkers and dogs and passes landmarks such as White Nancy sandstone pillar and the ruined Mow Cop folly. Keep your faithful canine friend on a lead while strolling along the Bridgewater Canal towpath. Discover a little of the Sandstone Trail, a walkers paradise along the sandstone ridges, stay as part of a dinner, bed and breakfast package at Willington Hall. You can all have a well-earned break at dog-friendly pubs; The Spread Eagle in Lymm is particularly welcoming.
Remember that wherever you decide to go you should always check the rules for dogs. Many of the walks and places mentioned feature doggy bins but come prepared in the event that this isn’t the case. At Willington Hall a warm greeting awaits all visiting dogs and walking with them is just one of many things to see and do in the area.