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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.
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.
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.
The woodland here is perfect for dogs to really let off steam and thunder through the trees at speed.
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.
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.
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.
Calm, peaceful and tranquil walking here with lots of top-class sniffing for dogs! The paths are all clear and well walked.
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.
It would be impossible to guess that Tibshelf Services has immediate access to over 9 miles of countryside walking on the Five Pits Trail.
Fantastic walk along the river bank, with a lovely dog-friendly hotel bar to return to.
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.
Lovely walk in wooded area 5 mins from M5
This handy walk starts from Cherwell Services, although there aren't many clues to find the start point!
Turner came here to paint, the Victorians flocked to admire the scenery. Your dog should be happy with a walk here!
A fully rural circular walk here on Public Footpaths across fields, up and down dales, and highly enjoyable.
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).
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.
Fabulous dog walking in Middle Earth. Yup, the real thing! The dog won't care but kids can look for hobbits.
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.
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.
A handy 2-mile (35 mins) circular dog walk on tidy grassland that keeps dogs reasonably clean in all weathers.
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
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.
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!
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.
There are three fabulous dog walks very close to each other here.
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.
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.
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 is a delightfully rural canal side walk, even though the roar of the traffic on the M6 motorway is never far away.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
This is a popular country park, with plenty going on for everyone. There's kids' stuff, as well as quieter rambles away from the main play area.
Close to the M20 Jct 11 find dog walk delight with plenty of space to go off-piste in this delightfully rural country park, which was originally a large estate dating back to Norman times.
This is a dog walk that does exactly what it says on the tin: one path that winds through an avenue of rhododendron bushes, there and back. And the dog-friendly pub is a treat.
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.
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.
This walk starts at a small, and impeccably maintained, memorial to Canadian soldiers from WW1 and then follows a forest path where dogs are able to run off lead.
The woodland is great for dogs, with no stiles and plenty to occupy the canine nose.
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.
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
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.
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.
Relaxing homely bar area with sofas and a fabulous view over the Severn estuary and Wales. Can get crowded at busy travel times.
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.
This is a truly rural walk, and a surprising contrast to the busy motorway and M4 service station you will leave behind.
A transformed colliery site that is great for dog walks. Already it's hard to imagine how this green space would have looked.
Half mile bridle path walk accessible directly from both northbound and southbound services
Coarse sand beach, 2 miles south of Sutton-on-sea. Concrete parking terrace facing sea next to beach. Dog access all year.
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.
A small 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.
A popular Green Flag park, created over a former colliery. It's clear that this is a much loved park, there's a really friendly atmosphere and happy looking dog walkers.
A great place for a dog walk, and the woods are also full of local history.
Great for dogs all year round. Dunes, sea, loads and loads of space - just great! Please be good about keeping your dog under control and picking up the poo, because ...
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.
This can be either a beach walk, or a trail through the adjacent nature reserve.
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.
Long, clean beach, flat, dunes, perfect for dogs and owners. Dogs allowed off-lead. On the other side of the sand dunes is a lake and a path back to the car park.
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.
Good walking in this historic park. Look out for the interesting colliery remains near the car park. Horses also use the park, so avoid the bridle paths if your dog is scared of large beasties!
Largest of the Royal Parks with over a thousand acres of land.
Large long & flat sandy beach where dogs are allowed & accepted readily all year round.
During July and August there's a 'dogs on leads' rule.
Tamar Bridge Roundabout
Sand and shingle, particularly fantastic doggie heaven beach.
A glorious dog walk along a towpath with the chance to watch narrowboats climbing the 21 closely placed locks of the 'Stairway to Heaven'. And a choice of dog-friendly places for refreshments.
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.
A peaceful reservoir, with clean and tidy facilities and a fully accessible path along the waterside. It's a handy place to know about if you're on the A30 and the traffic builds up after Okehampton.
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.
A towpath walk along the pretty and well-tended canalside.
As well as walking the dog in the 90 acre parkland here, the cafe is dog-friendly - well done National Trust! ...
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.
A friendly, welcoming pub next to a fabulous ancient forest where dogs can go nuts in the trees.
A walk that starts right in the Services, but with its start point well hidden from thousands of desperate dogs.
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.
There are a number of trails in this nature reserve west of Congleton, including an easy access trail.
Remote forest walk where Red Kites wheel above and small furries scamper below.
An ideal scampering ground for dogs who've had the nearby on-lead Devil's Bridge trip (Jem isn't a fan!).
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.
Centred around an Iron Age fortress, this historic location is just the place for dogs who enjoy walking in the hills and through woodland. The views across Somerset are well worth the effort.
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!
Dogs can run freely in this small survivor of a former royal hunting forest, where the ancient oak trees are known as 'druids'.
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.
This is ideal dog walking country and there is plenty of space for doggy romping around the copses and grassland.
Gravel beach with accessible footpath. Excellent for a fish and chips lunch while the dog enjoys a dip!
Shingle and rock beach, with a steep climb down the cliffs to get there. Dogs are allowed all year round. There's access to a coastal path too.
Large, popular beach with pebbles and some sand.
Dogs are OK on a designated part of the eastern side of the beach (by the cliffs).
Enormous chunk of forest - with a really good cafe for that post-walk tea and cakes! ...
A secluded cove, and dogs are allowed on the beach all year round.
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.
Dogs will love the chance to run off-lead on this 'there and back' footpath walk through fields. The pub welcomes well-behaved dogs, and has plenty of seating inside and out.
If you're looking for peace and quiet and a complete getaway from the motorway network then this might be the answer.
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