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Dog Sticking Tog Out
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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Forests are great places to walk with your dog. To help you get the best out of your walk please follow our dog walking guide.

Keep your dog close and in sight

• use a lead if they don’t always return when called.

Dog Sticking Tog Out
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Dogs at Westonbirt Arboretum
Find out more about bringing your dog to Westonbirt Arboretum
Dog looking into distance with ears up
Walking trails and routes

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

A labrador and a border collie on a forest road with Lake District scenery behind
Event
26 August
All day
Whinlatter Forest
Join us in the forest to celebrate International Dog Day!

Bring your four-legged friend to the forest and enjoy our trails as well as meet some special guests

Group walking a dog in the forest

For safe, happy times and waggy tails please:

Keep your dog close and in sight

Use a lead if they don’t always return when called. Prevent your dog from going up to (or chasing) people or animals.

Always clean up your dog's poo

Small dog on a forest trail
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 and follow the Forest Dog Code.

Bark in the Dark
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!

 

Husky dogs running
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.

a section of trail through a forest
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.

Westonbirt group
Event
Every 1st & 3rd Sat of the month
10:30am
Westonbirt, The National Arboretum

Take the path less travelled and delve a little deeper into our captivating trees with our discovery walks.

Please note that dogs are not permitted on guided walks (except assistance dogs).

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. 

 

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

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. 

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. 

People walking in the distance on bright sunny day in the forest
Walking trails and routes

Walking is the perfect way to get some fresh air and explore some beautiful landscapes. There are no waymarked trails in Cann so you can create your own adventure along the forest roads.

Dog walkers are welcome in Cann Woods. Please be considerate of other forest visitors and always clear up after your dog. Check out our doggy guidance.

 

 

Close-up of two people's walking boots stood on forest ground.
Walking trails and routes

Walking is the perfect way to get some fresh air and explore some of the area's most beautiful landscapes, including some of Haldon Forest's special lowland heath. 

Explore the woodland on a range of grassy and gravel paths at Harcombe. Please keep to the tracks and keep dogs out of the undergrowth to help protect our ground nesting birds and other wildlife.

Woman walking dogs through woodland
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.

A man and a woman walking on a trail with their small dog on a lead
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 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.

Close-up of two people's walking boots stood on forest ground.
Walking trails and routes

Walking at Roughtor is the perfect way to get some fresh air and explore some of the area's most beautiful landscapes. Roughtor and the surrounding landscape are one of the best local places to see the mesmerising sight of a starling murmuration.

Roughtor is surrounded by wildlife and livestock. Please keep dogs close by and in sight at all times. Use a lead if they don't always come back when called.

Man walking dog through autumnal forest
Walking trails and routes

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

Woman walking dog through the windy paths in winter forest
Walking trails and routes

There’s an excellent network of paths, many all-ability accessible, providing you with a range of route options around the site.

 

Woman and dog looking out over field
Walking trails and routes

Walking in the woodland is the perfect way to get some fresh air. Explore the range of paths and tracks that run through the woodland.  

Westonbirt group
Walking trails and routes

Join our experienced and knowledgeable volunteers as they guide you through the Old Arboretum.Together you'll explore the best seasonal features of the Old Arboretum - and as the arboretum never stands still, no two walks are the same - perhaps you'll discover a hidden gem or your new favourite spot!

Please note that dogs are not permitted on guided walks (except assistance dogs).

People walking dogs through wood and field
Walking trails and routes

Shirebrook Wood is home to miles of well-surfaced trails that criss-cross the woodland. 

Follow surfaced paths that meander around a variety of woodland and see the many different habitats here at Shirebrook. 

Dog walking in autumn among leaves
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.

Idless Woods has a range of paths that run through the woodland. 

Woman and dog looking out over 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.

High Stand has a range of public footpaths for you to walk on. 

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.