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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.
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.
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.
It would be impossible to guess that Tibshelf Services has immediate access to over 9 miles of countryside walking on the Five Pits Trail.
The woodland here is perfect for dogs to really let off steam and thunder through the trees at speed.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Calm, peaceful and tranquil walking here with lots of top-class sniffing for dogs! The paths are all clear and well walked.
This handy walk starts from Cherwell Services, although there aren't many clues to find the start point!
Fantastic walk along the river bank, with a lovely dog-friendly hotel bar to return to.
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 are three fabulous dog walks very close to each other here.
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.
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 fine all-weather walk on a hard surface path around the lake, with easy access for buggies and wheelchair users.
Forestry Commission woodland where you least expect to find it. Great for dogs, and Jem loves coming here.
Fabulous dog walking in Middle Earth. Yup, the real thing! The dog won't care but kids can look for hobbits.
Lovely walk in wooded area 5 mins from M5
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.
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.
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.
Turner came here to paint, the Victorians flocked to admire the scenery. Your dog should be happy with a walk here!
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!
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.
A fully rural circular walk here on Public Footpaths across fields, up and down dales, and highly enjoyable.
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.
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.
Relaxing homely bar area with sofas and a fabulous view over the Severn estuary and Wales. Can get crowded at busy travel times.
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.
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.
This is a truly rural walk, and a surprising contrast to the busy motorway and M4 service station you will leave behind.
A 'there and back' walk along the riverside, through lush green fields - a delight for City dog paws.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Largest of the Royal Parks with over a thousand acres of land.
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!
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.
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!).
This is a 50-60 minute circular walk that's ideal for blowing away the city cobwebs.
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.
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.
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.
This is a real crowd pleaser of a dog walk, with plenty to keep all your travellers happy.
A walk that starts right in the Services, but with its start point well hidden from thousands of desperate dogs.
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.
A handy 2-mile (35 mins) circular dog walk on tidy grassland that keeps dogs reasonably clean in all weathers.
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!
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.
The woodland is great for dogs, with no stiles and plenty to occupy the canine nose.
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.
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.
A large, friendly village pub backing onto the Grand Western Canal. Absolutely great for dogs, kids and walkers.
If you're looking for peace and quiet and a complete getaway from the motorway network then this might be the answer.
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.
If you're a canal fan, then this walk is full of interest and dogs will love it too. It's a towpath walk alongside a stretch of the Aisnes canal and just fabulous!
Fabulous romping ground for dogs, in highly dog-friendly Forestry Commission woodland. Handy for a doggiestop from the A1 and the A17.
Vast beach and excellent for dogs and football/cricket players. On the afternoon we took the photos here at the start of the school holidays (August) there was one other car on the beach.
This is a lovely place for a dog walk and driving break from the M20 Jct 2, or the M26 Jct 2. There's plenty to keep the kids busy, or for just a peaceful potter with the pooch.
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 one of our favourite stops - with a fabulous forest off-lead walk for the dog, and then just a few miles down the road there's a village with an excellent restaurant and an old abbey to admire...
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.
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.
An opportunity to visit Robert the Bruce's cave. Or one of them. It's a pleasant 35 minute stroll with the dog through a valley, and the cave does boast a commanding view.
An easy 4 mile dog walk, starting from the very atmospheric ruins of Kenilworth Castle.
After the rocks, 3 miles of beautiful sand. Zones for dog access in summer and these are well-signed.
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 ...
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.
A great off-lead walk that's popular with local dog walkers.
Conservation area with fields and footpaths, popular with local dog owners
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.
This is a former deer park with 2,400 acres of open space - including 7 lakes. The terrain is a mix of heathland, woodlands, wetlands and marshes.
With 400 acres of woodland, this is a fabulous romping ground for dogs. Run by the National Trust, there is also the visitor centre at Gibson Mill to enjoy.
Woodland Trust site in a quiet location off the A449 on Whittington Hall Lane.
Great dog walk just within the Sherwood Forest boundary, this is a small scale pine wood with well looked after paths and a chatty canine community.
A gloriously remote Forestry Commission area, with endless space for hounds to bound and big views over to Mull on a good day.
Remember to take water (and picnic) with you!
This is a quiet and little visited part of the New Forest, where dogs can romp without the restraints of human civilisation. Drivers too can enjoy a moment of peace. Lovely.
Long sandy beach
Part of the large Bestwood Park, the Mill Lakes section can be reached either by footbridge or there's limited on-street parking in the residential streets nearby.
No restrictions on dogs on the sandy beach here.
Tamar Bridge Roundabout
Sand and shingle, particularly fantastic doggie heaven beach.
Small, 51 hectare, country park regenerated from former coal mine and quarry workings.
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