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For safe, happy times and waggy tails please:

Be in control

Keep all dogs in sight and close-by; use a lead if they don’t always return when called. Prevent dogs from going up to other people and animals uninvited.

Poo: do the right thing

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Carry water for both you and your dog. Take time to rest and seek shade in warmer weather and be careful not to over-exert your dog if it is a puppy, an older dog, suffers from an illness or is recovering from an operation.
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Take the lead

Forests are great spaces for your dog to enjoy, just make sure you know when you need to use the lead.

Keep your eyes peeled

Please respect other visitors, wildlife and livestock, keep your eyes open and your dog within sight.

Have good control

Does your dog come when called? Make sure your pup understands your commands to keep you both safe. 

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Walking trails and routes

Treat yourself and your four-legged friend to a forest visit and explore the woodlands on Blidworth's short dog loop.

This trail can be accessed from the Longdale Lane car park and is a waymarked trail specifically for dog walkers.

Please clear up any mess made by your dog.

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Walking trails and routes

Can you and your dog tunnel, weave and balance your way along this fun trail?  

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Event
Saturday 5 February
Hourly slots from 10.00am
Leigh Woods

We've partnered with Bristol-based expert trainers and behaviourists, Hound+, to offer FREE recall workshops for you and your four-legged family member!

Join one of our 45 minute sessions to practise: - recall training - emergency stops - whistle training

All levels of experience will be catered for in small groups to make sure everyone gets the best experience.

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Walking trails and routes

This unsurfaced trail is a short loop for dog walkers starting in the car park.

Lady walking dog on agility trail

Try your dog’s ability at activities such as fetching, weaving and jumping. This exciting challenge is a great way to keep you and your dog fit and healthy with lots of fun!

 

Couple walking with dog in the woods
Walking trails and routes

Walking is the perfect way to get some fresh air and explore some of the area's most beautiful landscapes.

Cookworthy Forest has a variety of open paths and trails for you to explore.

Dog walking in autumn among leaves
Walking trails and routes

Walking is the perfect way to get some fresh air and explore some of the area's most beautiful landscapes.

Lydford Forest has a variety of open paths and trails for you to explore.

Two women with their dogs walking through a conifer forest
Walking trails and routes

Walking at Slaley Forest is the perfect way to get outdoors and explore some of the Pennines most beautiful landscapes.

Explore the forest on its forest paths that run from the car layby into the woodland. 

Group of dog walkers in field
Walking trails and routes

Walking in the forest is the perfect way to get some fresh air and explore some of the area's most beautiful landscapes.

Rosliston Forest hosts a range of adventure and discovery trails that lead you away from the visitor centre to explore the woods. 

Woman walking dogs through woodland
Walking trails and routes

Walking is the perfect way to get some fresh air and explore some of the area's most beautiful landscapes.

There are a range of paths starting from Moor Lane Car Park into Silton Forest. The Cleveland Way runs along the eastern side of the forest if you want to extend your walk.  

Dog walking in autumn among leaves
Walking trails and routes

Walking in the forest is the perfect way to get some fresh air and explore some of Wiltshire's most beautiful landscapes.

There are a variety of surfaced and non-surfaced paths and tracks within the forest. Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for some of the forest's ancient trees, you don't know what you might stumble upon. 

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Other active things to do

A private, non-profit membership organisation who work closely with Forestry England to allow access to Forestry England land by sled dog teams.

Please contact Cannock Chase Sled Dog Group for further information and permits.

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Cycling & mountain biking

This classic cross-country MTB trail was first launched in 2005. The trail surface is very variable: expect loose stone, roots and mud. There are a lot more climbs compared to Perry’s Trail, including one big incline.

walkers enjoying a walk around a woodland lake in autumn
Walking trails and routes

Walking trails are suitable for all ages and abilities and some are pushchair and buggy friendly. You don’t even need a map. Follow the wooden posts with the coloured marker bands and take in the stunning views along the way.

dog walking in Hamsterley Forest
Walking trails and routes

Hamsterley Forest is a delightful 2,000 hectare oasis, sprawling along the sides of a sheltered valley.

The walking trails will take you right into the heart of the forest for some spectacular wildlife watching opportunities. Early morning walkers may spot roe deer feeding, adders basking on rocks or even salmon leaping upstream on the beck.

 

Dog walking on field
Walking trails and routes

Walking is the perfect way to get some fresh air and explore some of the area's most beautiful landscapes. Surfaced paths and bridges take you around the ponds, there are no waymarked trails but the wider forest can be accessed via forest paths.

Dogs are allowed in the Forest of Dean, however please obey the signs where you see them, they are for the safety of your dog and the local wildlife. 

 

Two women with their dogs walking through a conifer forest
Walking trails and routes

Walking is the perfect way to get some fresh air and explore some of the area's most beautiful landscapes.

Chalet has a range of walking paths, some gravel forest roads and some unsurfaced paths through forest and open heath. Take your binoculars and see what you can spot as this area is teeming with life!

Two women with their dogs walking through a conifer forest
Walking trails and routes

Get away from the crowds on this tranquil walk through the Spurlswood Valley. Wood ants and waterfalls are among the highlights on this walk.

Walking family
Walking trails and routes

Walking is the perfect way to get some fresh air and explore some of the area's most beautiful landscapes. 

Whiteley Pastures has a range of gravel paths for you to explore the woods. Please stick to these tracks and act responsibly when you visit to help us protect the rare wildlife of the area. If you are walking your dog, please keep your dogs on the lead and read our forest dog code

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Walking trails and routes

Warksburn picnic area is situated on the banks of its namesake (which is reputed to contain gold deposits!) Two waymarked forest walks start and finish at the picnic area. Points of interest around the walks include the Black Dyke, a pre-Roman earthwork and a profusion of water/wetland/forest plants and flowers.

Couple walking in autumn forest
Walking trails and routes

Follow the Dog loop for a short unsurfaced waymarked trail perfect for dog walkers or take the White trail to take in the autumn colour.

Dog walking on field
Walking trails and routes

Walking is the perfect way to get some fresh air and explore some of the area's most beautiful landscapes.

Stroll around the man-made gunpowder mill pond and see what wildlife you can spot or take a walk through the beautiful woodland. 

Man walking dog along woodland trail
Walking trails and routes

Explore Blidworth Woods on our waymarked trails or smaller paths that criss-cross the forest.

Try out the dog loop with your four-legged friend, take a short stroll on the white trail or venture further into the wood on the blue trail.  

Man sitting on the floor with dog
Walking trails and routes

Walking is the perfect way to get some fresh air and explore some of the area's most beautiful landscapes.

Man walking dog through autumnal forest
Walking trails and routes

Walking in the woodland is the perfect way to get some fresh air and explore some of the area's most beautiful landscapes.

Man walking dog through autumnal forest
Walking trails and routes

Walking in the woodland is the perfect way to get some fresh air and explore some of the area's most beautiful landscapes.

Man walking dog through autumnal forest
Walking trails and routes

Walking in the woodland is the perfect way to get some fresh air and explore some of the area's most beautiful landscapes.

Dogs enjoying a swim in the lake in the woods
Walking trails and routes

On this surfaced trail you will pass by young woodlands, a Treehouse Play Area and Henhurst Lake. Dogs must be kept on a lead in some parts.