Being a rural county, Gloucestershire has some fantastic countryside for dog walks. There are also many pleasant dog walking parks in Gloucester, Cheltenham and the other towns in the county. The Cotswolds AONB and the entire Forest of Dean are top drawer locations too.
Dog walking is an essential task, however you might as well walk somewhere nice too. You could even tie a dog walk in with a visit to one of the many dog friendly pubs and restaurants in Gloucestershire.
Dog Walking Advice
- If in the countryside, ensure your dog is under control and on a lead, especially when near livestock.
- Also, is taking a longer walk you should carry water for you and your pet.
- Always clean up after your pet. There are often bins on the way or at carparks near these walks.
- Check the weather, is it too hot for exercise?
Dog Walks in Gloucestershire
Some suggestions for nice places to take your dog for a walk. There are many other spots for dog walking in Gloucestershire. If you would like to suggest your favourite, use the comments below.
Haresfield Beacon in The Cotswolds
The countryside at Haresfield Beacon and Standish woods are excellent places to go for a dog walk. You have many options, from short to longer walks in the area. There is a handy carpark if driving and it is possible to reach if travelling by bus. The views from here are splendid and is a pleasurable place for walkies.
Glevum Way in Hardwicke
If you are in Hardwicke, the Glevum Way is a fantastic route in the Gloucestershire countryside. The trail takes you through lots of arable farmland with clearly marked paths. A pleasant spot to turn around and walk back is Hardwicke Church. They have benches there so you can sit down and enjoy the scenery.
Pittville Park in Cheltenham
Near the centre of Cheltenham is the beautiful Pittville Park, which is a great place for dog walking. It is popular with many other pet owners, thus a great place to visit for socialising your dog. There are extensive fields for running, and a few lakes to enjoy. The scenery is beautiful and you can also see the Pittville Pump Rooms when visiting. The park has a cafe too, an ideal spot for a break.
Saul Junction Dog Walk
The Canals at Saul Junction are a great place to go for a dog walk. It is mainly flat, and the scenery is nice. There are many boats moored up to see, and the area has some fantastic countryside nearby. For post walk refreshments, the Stables Cafe fits the bill. They do cold or hot drinks and some very nice lunches.
Stinchcombe Hill is a lovely place for walkies and quite popular. The hill is a beautiful part of the Cotswolds and near the top are some splendid views. A great place to start a hike here is from Leaf & Ground, a lovely garden centre. They also have a place for post walkies refreshments.
Frampton on Severn Village Green
The Gloucestershire village of Frampton on Severn has a very long village green. Thus, it is great for dog walking. All the pubs and cafes in the area are pet friendly too. The Green is great for a wander after enjoying a Sunday Roast at the Bell Inn. You can extend the dog walk from here to loop back along the canal. Just cross the bridge by the Church. You can also walk to the nearby gravel pits and walk near the lake at the sailing club.
Weir Green in Elmore
Weir Green is a fantastic, and remote place to go for a dog walk. The path follows the River Severn either upstream or downstream. It passes through some beautiful countryside and an orchard. This is also a fantastic spot to watch the Severn Bore.
Breakheart Quarry Dog Walk
For a unique walk, head to Breakheart Quarry near to Dursley. You can park up and explore the quarry and it has lots of variations for a walk. You can see the stones, find out about local wildlife and maybe even see some. The site also has a range of fossils within the quarry if you can spot one.
Robinswood Hill in Gloucester
Near to Gloucester is Robinswood Hill Country Park, a fantastic place for dog walking. There are many options for routes to walk, including ascending to the peak. The views across Gloucestershire from Robinswood Hill are great. They have a big carpark and they are near to a few of Gloucester’s bus routes.
Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail
The Forest of Dean Sculpture trail is an excellent place to take your dogs for a walk. They have countless options for routes and as a bonus you get to see the sculptures. The area is in a forest so ideal for some shade on a hot day. The cafe at the carpark is nice too and a good place to get post walkies refreshments.
Hillfield Gardens in Gloucester
If you are in Gloucester city centre and fancy a short and quiet dog walk, then Hillfield Gardens might fit the bill. Hillfield Gardens is on London Road towards the Longlevens end. This is a small park with some interesting features to see.
Other Places For Dog Walking in Gloucestershire
- Westgate Island in Gloucester
- Coleford to Newland in the Forest of Dean
- Cannop Ponds
- The Stenders in Drybrook
- Rodborough Common Near Stroud
- Leckhampton Hill
- Mallards Pike in the Forest of Dean
- Stratford Park in Stroud
- Painswick Beacon
- River Frome in Eastington
- Weir Green in Elmore
- River Wye near Redbrook
- Symonds Yat
- On the Severn Way in Arlingham