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This is a great walk for blowing the travel cobwebs away. There are two colour coded trails running through the forest, and most dogs will be very safe off-lead here.
The woodland here is perfect for dogs to really let off steam and thunder through the trees at speed.
This walk follows the course of a river, and ducks underneath the M6 to emerge at the site of an ancient motte and bailey fortress in the middle of the water.
Lovely easy walk on gravelled paths around a very large country park. Lots of access to the River Lostock running through which the dog loved.
This is such a relaxing and gentle place to take a break from the A1M, and dogs will love the parkland here. It's a great place for a dog walk.
The paths here meander through a fine mix of woodland, meadow and waterside. The area is evidently a popular spot for local dog walkers, and we didn't see anyone without a dog!
A pair of adjoining parks, both with Green Flag status and very popular with Solihull dog walkers. There is a small cafe, and it's also possible to walk from here to the town centre.
It would be impossible to guess that Tibshelf Services has immediate access to over 9 miles of countryside walking on the Five Pits Trail.
Calm, peaceful and tranquil walking here with lots of top-class sniffing for dogs! The paths are all clear and well walked. Inside the wood you can sometimes see the earthworks of an ancient fort.
Paths are well maintained here and provide easy dog walking around this fully accessible route. This is brilliant for kids, with a large play area, and the woods are perfect for dogs.
Fantastic walk along the river bank, with a lovely dog-friendly hotel bar to return to.
This is a delightfully rural canal side walk, even though the roar of the traffic on the M6 motorway is never far away.
Relaxing 150 acres of parkland that seems to please dog walkers of all ages. Once part of a family estate, Worden's gardens were designed by Andrew Nesfield - of Alton Towers and Kew Gardens fame.
One of the entrances to the National Forest is right in the middle of the Donington Park motorway services area with all the usual facilities.
Turner came here to paint, the Victorians flocked to admire the scenery. Your dog should be happy with a walk here!
A rural walk over the fields before returning to the village pub, where solicitors rub shoulders with shepherds - and dogs get a good welcome too.
A handy 2-mile (35 mins) circular dog walk on tidy grassland that keeps dogs reasonably clean in all weathers.
A stroll along Hadrian's Wall is a fitting location for the last dog walk on the M6 in England (or the first out of Scotland).
Few places better than a crumbling ruin for a thoughtful moment of walkies with Fido. This was once home to a large community of White Canons, until Henry VIII dissolved the monasteries.
Fabulous dog walking in Middle Earth. Yup, the real thing! The dog won't care but kids can look for hobbits.
There are a number of trails in this nature reserve west of Congleton, including an easy access trail.
Fabulous romping ground for dogs, in highly dog-friendly Forestry Commission woodland. Handy for a doggiestop from the A1 and the A17.
A footpath located behind the M42 J2 (Hopwood) services. Crosses a few creeks and some small fields and much nicer than wandering around the services car park!
This nature reserve was opened by David Bellamy and it's a fine dog-walk space with clearly marked paths leading through fields, woodland and a disused canal path.
Nature reserve with 170 acres of grasslands, meadows, lakes, and woods. Dogs are allowed off lead however, certain parts of the nature reserve require dogs to be kept on a lead.
This is a lovely place to mooch with the pooch in a nature reserve within a couple of miles of Junction 12 on the M6.
This is a gem of a dog walk as well as an inspired piece of urban regeneration. The park is linear because it used to be a railway line serving Wigan and Glazebrook.
Big open space for dogs to stretch their legs. Just pawfect for letting the dog have a really good run before you go to take a look at the pretty and historic county town of Warwick.
This is a truly rural walk, and a surprising contrast to the busy motorway and M4 service station you will leave behind.
Forestry Commission woodland with easy to follow paths and lots of romping ground for dogs.
There is a lot to see on this purpose-made walk through an RSPB nature reserve. Dogs are welcome but need to be on a lead or effectively controlled.
Half mile bridle path walk accessible directly from both northbound and southbound services
This handy walk starts from Cherwell Services, although there aren't many clues to find the start point!
The woodland is great for dogs, with no stiles and plenty to occupy the canine nose.
There isn't a castle but legend says that this was the site of Arthur's Camelot. Whether this is true or not it is the site of an iron age hill fort.
This dog walk is on footpaths through flower-strewn meadows and farmland. It's a good doggiestop on your journey. On the A64, and close to the A1 Junction 45.
A fully rural circular walk here on Public Footpaths across fields, up and down dales, and highly enjoyable.
Dogs and heritage buffs will both love this 30-40 minute walk to the castle and back. Explanation boards along the way explain the background, including an interesting Polish connection.
One of those quaint 'English' walks, with a fabulous pub, cricket pitch and strolling route on springy grass through lush countryside.
A very handy stopping point whether you're heading north or south, as this enormous park spans almost the complete distance between Junctions 5 and 6.
Lovely walk in wooded area 5 mins from M5
A great place for a dog walk, and the woods are also full of local history.
There's a choice of two water walks in this sleepy village, both quiet and tranquil. There are a couple of small shops in the village for picnic supplies, and the Bell is dog-friendly in the bar.
This is a lovely 17th Century coaching inn with open fires either end of the lounge bar in which you can enjoy good home cooked food and a fine selection of ales and beers
Well worth stopping here, not just to walk the dog, but also to enjoy the atmosphere and gothic ruins of this ruined abbey. Great place for a picnic if you're organised enough.
Picturesque castle ruins and dog walking spot in the Eden Valley, just off the A66.
A large, friendly village pub backing onto the Grand Western Canal. Absolutely great for dogs, kids and walkers.
This is an enormous country park and hugely popular with local dog owners. There are a multitude of small paths and fields as well as the formal grounds and lake.
Cuerden Valley Park is hugely popular with dog walkers, and the bright-eyed, waggy tailed dogs Jem met made it clear that this is a piece of canine heaven.
Try and arrive at this dog-walk with an appetite, the dog-friendly pub serves excellent food and the walk doesn't disappoint either. The nearest large town is Bridgwater.
'Withnail and I' fans will recognise this walk as the route to the cottage that was used in the film. Dogs will just adore the open space.
This is a fabulous walking spot, with not just one good walk but several. No dog with any manners could possibly complain about a doggiestop here.
Much more than a motorway stop, this is a dog-walkers' delight and popular for a dog day out in the Bristol area.
There's a circular lakeside walk here, giving 40-50 minutes of comfortable walking well away from the more crowded cafe areas. If time permits, the haunted Hall is worth a look.
Dogs will love the scents to be found in this old wood, and the sense of otherworldness found under the dappled light of these ancient trees will delight the imaginative.
A choice of paths here, either along the canal or the river. There's more to see on the canal route, and the path is in good condition.
Relaxing homely bar area with sofas and a fabulous view over the Severn estuary and Wales. Can get crowded at busy travel times.
Tatton Park is an immense area of parkland with a mass of scents for dogs to enjoy from both the farm and the freely roaming deer and livestock.
A transformed colliery site that is great for dog walks. Already it's hard to imagine how this green space would have looked.
Really easy to find dog walk starting literally seconds away from the M4 motorway exit. A mixture of woodland and Public Footpath with stunning views over the Cotswolds.
This is ideal dog walking country and there is plenty of space for doggy romping around the copses and grassland.
Enormous chunk of forest - with a really good cafe for that post-walk tea and cakes! ...
There's a definite northerly feel to the air up here, and even in summer this walk on Public Footpaths feels cool - if not chilly. Dog swimming is possible in the stream at the foot of the hill.
Coarse sand beach, 2 miles south of Sutton-on-sea. Concrete parking terrace facing sea next to beach. Dog access all year.
A long beach that welcomes dogs. The main part of the beach is supposed to be a no go area for dogs in holiday season although when we visited there were lots of families with dogs on there.
This is a 50-60 minute circular walk that's ideal for blowing away the city cobwebs.
There's plenty to see on this dog walk in the wooded grounds of two ruined husks of former aristocratic glory. Both belonged to Bess of Hardwick, a very material girl indeed.
Dogs will benefit not just from an excellent walk here, but also that their drivers have so many opportunities for shopping, snacks and meals to suit all budgets and tastes.
This is a real crowd pleaser of a dog walk, with plenty to keep all your travellers happy.
Clear open landscape to enjoy here, including the source of the River Rea. The view from the top of the hill is sensational, and definitely worth the climb.
There are three fabulous dog walks very close to each other here.
This is a fine all-weather walk on a hard surface path around the lake, with easy access for buggies and wheelchair users.
A 'there and back' walk along the riverside, through lush green fields - a delight for City dog paws.
The old railway line, now part of the Harland way.
A mix of activities here, with tasty home cooking on offer in a garden centre (with spotlessly clean loos) and then a truly rural footpath dog walk - best attempted before you succumb to the cakes!
Long sandy beaches, dunes, and plenty of space for dogs to enjoy themselves away from the village centre - where there are shops and take-aways for picnics.
Very easy to get to from the M42, and a nice dog-friendly pub - but the walk is almost non-existent. On the other hand, if you've been stuck in traffic this could well be a useful doggiestop.
Countryside dog walk just yards from J8/M25. Excellent stop off when travelling. Access to both carriageways. Adjacent to North Downs Way / Gatton Park. Massive view over the North Downs and Reigate.
Was this the site of the battle, or not? Either way, it's a fine space for dogs to charge around in.
Riverside path along the Wear with country views, and spectacular views of the Castle and Cathedral. 1.5 miles one way.
A big open walk on the River Trent plain, and a grand opportunity for doggie socialising. It's popular with local dog-walkers and there's no chance of getting lost.
Lovely off-lead easy dog walk from a new-style community pub that's also a cafe. This is a relaxing place to break a journey. It's sooo close to the M40 junction but you'd never know it.
Genuinely nice and dog-friendly inn with plenty of history behind it. We thought the meals were great value, and definitely recommend their Fish Fridays. Easy to get to from the M6/20 and the A56 too
A really good family and dogstop less than 2 miles from the M40. Jem got a lovely welcome here, and we all enjoyed the walk.
Easy linear walk that's doggie-pawfect. Dogs are welcome in the pub garden here, and dog water bowls are provided.
Starting from the car park are trails of varying lengths either through woodland or by a lake. The paths are surfaced, so these are dog-walks for all weathers and shoes.
A dog walk over fields on a public footpath.
If you're looking for peace and quiet and a complete getaway from the motorway network then this might be the answer.
Close to the A38 and a good stopping point just after Exeter. A truly atmospheric inn dating back to the 13th century.
This is excellent dog walking on common land north of Rickmansworth with plenty of space for the travel-weary dog to spread his paws and fly into the bracken. And the pub is dog-friendly.
Forestry Commission woodland where you least expect to find it. Great for dogs, and Jem loves coming here.
After the rocks, 3 miles of beautiful sand. Zones for dog access in summer and these are well-signed.
This can be either a beach walk, or a trail through the adjacent nature reserve.
A lovely woodland walk - dog safe for off lead walking, paths round the woods, mostly gravelled path round the outside or other paths for the more adventurous walker.
Splendid dog day out with a visit to this ruined castle with a past full of bravery and derring do.
Branded as the first 'Walkers' Town' in Scotland, some impeccable organisation has gone into creating a series of well marked trails in and around the town and environs.
A really delightful woodland walk for the dog, and then afterwards the nearby dog-friendly pub is welcoming and friendly.
This Common is a favourite for families and dog walkers. The coolness of the pine forest is ideal for hot, travel weary dogs, or check out the dog swimming possibilities of the lake.
A leisurely riverside location with the option of playing with your dog in the parkland, or heading off up river to enjoy a stroll through woodland.
Easy to find dog-friendly pub - and the walk starts directly from the car park. Perfect!
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