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About Driving with Dogs

The idea for Driving with Dogs came in 2005 when Lezli and David sat on the M40 in a traffic jam for over an hour in the blazing sunshine.

Jem, our rescue Collie, was just a few months old at the time and he was panting and pacing in the back of the car, clearly desperate to cool down and have a leg stretch. We could see fields with footpaths from the motorway, but there was no way to get at them.

Later, we searched bookshops for a handy reference book with lots of short walks near motorways so that we didn't get caught out again. To our huge surprise, we couldn't find anything.

So we decided to make a small set of walk places and pubs with good food for our regular trips from the Midlands to London on the M40, and to friends in Manchester and Carlisle. We used these six or seven pubs and walks to meet up with friends along the way, and the friends wanted photocopies so they could use them too. The number of walks grew to about a dozen, and we put them online to share with the friends of the friends ...

By the beginning of 2009, we'd walked well over 1,000 miles and written walks for just about every UK motorway junction that it's possible to leave a motorway at. That's over 400 walks!

Walking the Dog - a handy book with about 200 walks up and down the motorway network - was published by the RAC in 2011.  A companion collection of great dog walks off the France motorway system is available from our new website Motorway Breaks France

Jem is now 10 and as keen as ever to get out for walks, although he's beginning to find stiles tiring, and seems to sleep (and snore) for longer after a big weekend walk. Jem's keen to pass on his favourite dog walks to the next generation of dogs - and you're welcome to join us for dog walking weekends in Warwickshire, Derbyshire (White Peak) and Wales. Full details from our community dog walking group site: dog walking weekends

Driving with Dogs has become a much bigger site than we ever expected and there are now over 2000 dog walks, many with dog-friendly pubs nearby, over 600 motorway walks throughout the UK and France - as well as campsites, cottages, dog services and probably everything a pet owner might need to plan a trip or holiday. Your help in adding new walks, pubs and good things is very much appreciated by dogs everywhere, and the site has now become a real community effort. There is a small charge to see the 'premium' walks,  this helps to maintain and expand the website and the admin charges for hosting, repairs and maintenance. 

So, thank you all for adding so much to the site - and also for the details you post to keep the dog-friendly beaches, dog-friendly pubs, dog walks and campsites updated for everybody. 




With nearly 200 walks from the Driving with Dogs website, this handy little book is an ideal guide to the best dog-friendly pubs and dog walks within 5 miles of UK motorway exits.

Like the website walks, you'll also find information about campervan access, disabled facilities, kids' activities, safe parking places, sat-nav codes and written route directions too.

Walking the Dog: Motorway Walks for dogs and drivers is available from the RAC shop (link URL and all the usual online bookstores such as amazon.

If your local bookstore doesn't have a copy in stock, you can order by quoting the ISBN number: 978-1-845841-02-7

Amazon link: Walking the Dog - Motorway walks for drivers and dogs

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