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A short stretch of the Sandstone Trail is a perfect doggie comfort break within seconds of the A54. Even in hot weather the trees provide shade and also protect you when it's raining.
A mixture of woods and heathland in this park, with a hill to climb for the more energetic. Those who do climb the hill will be rewarded with fantastic views over the surrounding countryside.
A dog-welcoming country hotel and country inn just 4 miles away from the M6 Junction 17 and Sandbach.
This is an area where you and the dogs can wander at will, enjoying the sensations of this extraordinary place.
This is a wonderful place on the banks of the Dee estuary, with beautiful scenery and fine views across to Wales.
There are a number of trails in this nature reserve west of Congleton, including an easy access trail.
Dog walking heaven in the forest, with 5 trails to choose from as well as plenty of space to strike out on your own. The forest is a wonderful walking spot at any time of the year.
The most dog-friendly pub you've ever seen! Suzi goes nuts for the Gourmet Porkies - so you need to do a good walk before coming here and free up some canine calories. And it's lovely for people too.
A gentle easy-access stroll along a former railway line and through woodland. The rail line was built to transport salt from Cheshire to the Potteries. It's less than 3 miles from M6 Junction 17
An interesting country park with a post-industrial atmosphere and good walking for dogs.
Village pub renowned for it's selection of real ales, ciders and whiskey. Curries are a pub speciality.
CAMRA Cheshire Pub of the Year 2017, 18 and 2019.
There are three signed trails for dogs to enjoy, all well signed from the visitor centre and easy to reach from the car park.
At Mow Cop, the folly gives you 360-degree views of the Staffordshire moorlands and the Cheshire Plain. The dogs love it here.
Situated near Bunbury in Cheshire this very dog friendly pub is well worth a visit with its excellent menu and selection of beers.
Long walks along beach in two directions with sands and clay cliffs. Tidal river and when the tide is in there's not so much space for walking. Dogs allowed at any time of day and all year round.
A fine place to take a break from driving and discover some dog walking magic, with a fine dog-friendly pub as well.
Traditional and dog-friendly 17th century inn with easy access to forest and lakeside dog walks. Car park has shade.
A cool spacious historic coaching inn with 800 year old claims of a connection to King John. Wow! Lovely welcoming feel to the place and the garden is quite a suntrap.
A choice of walks here which reflect the area's industrial past. It's a popular place for walking the dogs and the occasional tourist info boards are interesting.
Excellent pub with a varied selection of dog walks starting from the door.
A nineteenth century cotton will may not seem to be the obvious place to walk the dog, but amongst these not-so satanic mills of industrial Manchester there's plenty of green too.
Reliable dog-friendly pub with a good dog walk quite near to Chester and also the M53.
As a dog walking destination this isn't always perfect, but if you are trying to juggle the demands and interests of friends and family there is a lot here to occupy everyone happily, not least the...
A quiet and leafy picnic area with several picnic tables and a pleasant area to take a break. There's a signed walk too.
Dog-friendly inn in the centre of town, and just a few minutes away from an easy dog walk beside the canal.
A towpath walk along the side of the Macclesfield canal. Ideal for an off-lead walk with nothing for a dog to chase.
Doggie delight of a country pub, with walks nearby and really dog-friendly staff. Great for a doggiestop between Wrexham and Nantwich. Good for weekend walkies and Sunday lunch too.
Wonderful dog walk from Mottram Road in Stalybridge, up the road to the farm, through the farm up on to the hills is wonderful.
Refurbished and improved, still dog-friendly and now with good menu choices.
Find traces of life in pre-Roman Britain, enjoy the easy walking on sandstone paths, and there's plenty of romping space for dogs to have a brilliant time here.
A 15th century pub tucked under Windgather Rocks. That's over 500 years of traveller hospitality, which sounds amazing.
We're charmed by this outstandingly good 16th century country inn with an arboretum for a back garden. Worth the detour to enjoy a very special moment.
A nice walk along the River Weaver in the Historic town of Nantwich. Close to the A51 it's a pawfect stop over. Pubs and Eateries abound in the town with regular Farmers Markets.
Halfway between Wrexham and Chester, a dog-friendly pub near a good rural dog walk. Look for the dog treat area near the side door!
The bridge here marks the boundary between England and Wales, and looks as if it's very old indeed. The walk along the river is easy to follow and very pleasant in dry weather.
Easy dog walking on an old railway line that is now a leisure path.
Dog friendly beach that's perfect for endless doggie fun (when the tide's out). No restrictions, and lots of space for quality off-lead exercise. Horse riders also use the beach.
The story has it that a Civil War battle between the Cavaliers and Roundheads took place right on the site of this very dog-friendly country pub. A shaggy dog story? Maybe, but it could be true.
Reliably dog-friendly pub/restaurant that has a dog walk almost from the door. Not far off the A34 for a doggiestop near Wilmslow.
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.
An extraordinary country park for a dog walk, created out of the husks of millstone grit quarries.
This beautiful park is a great place for dogs to visit. It's a really tranquil place which has glorious woodlands and lakeside walks as well as formal gardens in the grounds of a former manor house.
Perfectly placed dog-friendly pubby pub close to several off-lead walk routes and very handy for a doggiestop off the A49.
A dog-friendly bolthole just a mile from the M6 Junction 18. Exquisitely prepared afternoon teas and a relaxing country pub atmosphere.
In warm weather the cooling view of these large reservoirs is a charm. There are quite a few footpaths, but the obvious ones by the water are close to sheep or fenced off for people fishing.
An easy place to take a break on the A6 with a choice of refreshments in a dog-friendly pub or just a relaxing walk from a car park near a church.
Birkenhead Park is a 221 acre park, the first public park in the world.
Glorious dog walk around the grounds of a magnificent National Trust Georgian estate, used for the filming of the BBC's version of Pride and Prejudice.
Set on a rocky crag, this is a spectacular dog walk with outstanding views. Make sure you have your English Heritage card with you to avoid the parking charge.
We loved this tiny slice of canalside history, with an easy and interesting walk with the dog plus a visit to a well-stocked emporium of canal memorabilia, books, doggie ice-cream and craft supplies.
On the A56 and near to the M53, this coverted barn is now a stylish doggiestop for travelling pooches. Great food and coffee - and don't miss the alpacas!
Genuine, 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 great off lead walk for the dogs. Very quiet and loads of places to explore. Not too strenuous, plenty of pathways to follow. One very happy dog.
There are three signed routes within the park, all starting from the visitor centre and all are hilly. The view from the top is fabulous - and a great spot to blow away the travel cobwebs.
Off-lead heaven for dogs, flat walking and no stiles, and a foolproof there-and-back route by the river.
We love finding a dog-friendly traditional village inn with modern comforts and good food. And this gorgeous village has plenty to offer its visitors.
Keen dog walkers can really get carried away here with a web of canals and towpaths to enjoy. And a cheerful canalside pub for refreshments. Excellent doggiestop off the A51.
A barn, converted to become a modern coaching inn and within easy reach of good long dog walks. Dogs, walkers and drivers are made welcome and there's a blazing log fire in winter.
Always nice to take a doggiestop in a pretty small town with a dog-friendly pub, easy parking and some interesting independent shops. Well worth exploring.
A four centuries old inn where dogs are welcome and it's on the Sandstone Trail for a good dog walk. Watch out for vicious speed bumps on the approach road.
An outdoor cafe where dogs can sit with you, and a longer walk away from the National Trust property.
Lovely wooded parkland surrounding the totally other-worldly Bramall Hall. The park is run by Stockport Council, and dogs can run free under the trees.
Peaceful country park that has a small and neighbourly feel. No facilities, but if you're looking for a gentle walk with the dog this is ideal.
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 lonely walk, high in the moorland and an exhilarating moment for dogs and drivers when the weather is good.
There are 250 acres of parkland here, giving plenty of space to exercise the most demanding of dogs in this island of calm amidst the transport network.
A pretty walk along the Llangollen canal and a dog-friendly pub for refreshments. The pub snuggles alongside a lock and proudly announces it dates back to 1978.
Dogs will definitely appreciate the 90 acre Memorial Park here, which is cut through by a number of trails including the Fred Perry Way and the Valley Way.
A former sand quarry which has now been transformed into a lake and country park. It's really popular with local dog walkers.
A smart roadside country hotel and dining where dogs get a warm welcome.
One of the few safe places to get off the busy road and walk the dog, as well as public toilets and a small shop for snacks, hot drinks and ice-cream.
Easy access dog walk around a lake on a hard-surface path. Plenty of park benches and picnic tables.
Smart dog-friendly dining in a truly delightful manor house with an easy dog walk from the door. It's a lovely spot with a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. Top class doggiestop!
Such a lovely place for dogs. They even have their own special dining room! They have a very nice menu for vegan people too.
Tudor, the real deal, dog-friendly pub just inside the city walls. There's a link to the Beatles here as John Lennon's grandmother was born in the building.
This walk has a bit of everything
When the weather is kind and you're in the mood for a gentle stroll around some delightful gardens, then head to Arley for an absolute treat of floral positivity and scented joy.
Dog-friendly beach with a view across to Wales. Loads going on here, with the extraordinary natural lagoon used for water sports etc when the tide's out.
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 traditional pub, with an all-day welcome and good menu choices to suit all appetites. Perfect for dogs and drivers on the go - but not kids under 14 unless it's warm enough to sit outside.
Massive forest and it's just ideal for a dog walk. If you're making a doggiestop on your journey, head for the visitor centre for the cafe and facilities plus dog walk.
Stop and take a breather here, with a viewfest across Cheshire and to the Peak District. It's a fabulous place to walk the dog. Pick your day carefully for best results.
There is plenty to do here for families, and it's clearly a favourite venue in the school holidays. There is also a 'quiet' route option for dogs in need of time out.