Over the past week searches for ‘dog walks’ and ‘dog friendly’ have peaked in interest, as dog owners attempt to find new and exciting places to walk their dog.
From long stretches of sand to big open green spaces, there are lots of dog-friendly locations in London that are sure to excite both you and your pooch.
Experts from tails.com have put together a list of the top 10 most dog-friendly places around London; from walks with spectacular views to hidden gems that will make those all too familiar walks in your local area that little bit more exciting.
Before you head off on your tail-wagging adventure with your dog, please make sure to check the government guidelines on how far you can travel.
Weavers Fields lies in the heart of Bethnal Green, it features an area just for dog-walkers, which means you can let your pup off that lead and stretch their legs to fully embrace that game of fetch. Renowned for their award-winning animal wardens who keep the park in good condition – they are friendly to dogs and owners alike, so don’t be afraid to strike up a socially distant conversation while you enjoy your walk.
Alexandra Palace and Park
We recommend starting your walk with a lap around the Victorian Palace, before making your way through a mixture of woodland and open grassland. Take an autumnal stroll around the parks boating lake and ornamental gardens, before heading to the top of the hill, where you can find breath taking panoramic views of the London skyline.
If you are looking for a beautiful view of London’s skyline, then that’s what you’ll get when you visit Hampstead Heath. Walk to the summit of 100-metre high Parliament Hill or wonder round 320 hectares of wildlife-filled parkland with your fluffy companion. The park is home to beautiful woodlands, vast heaths and even swimming ponds dedicated to dogs that love a paddle. While you explore everything Hampstead Heath has to offer, why not also delve into the ancient history of one of London’s biggest parks.
As one of London’s largest open spaces, Epping forest is the perfect place for you and your pet to explore. The impressive forest spans an incredible 2,400 hectares and and at least 50,000 trees making it the perfect place if your dog loves to run around. If you are looking for a bit of history, we suggest you try and find the old Hunting Lodge that was commissioned by Henry VIII and has stood in the forest since 1542.
Home to the Royal Observatory, Greenwich Park is one of the most famous green spaces in London. With history dating back to the Roman Times, the site is made up of vast green spaces, beautiful gardens and dramatic skylines. Marvel at the views across the River Thames as you walk your dog, or try and spot red deer as you explore the park. There is so much history in every corner and the perfect place for you and your pooch.
Chiswick House and Gardens
Located in west London, Chiswick House and Gardens is a beautiful 18th century space that has been the inspiration for some of the most famous parks in the world. The gorgeous property has large green spaces, cascading waterfalls, and woodland areas that make up its 26 hectares. Although there are some places where your pooch must be kept on a lead there is plenty of space for them to run around and enjoy a splash in the lake.
Morden Hall Park
Once a gorgeous countryside estate, Morden Hall Park is now a National Trust property that spans 50 hectares of greenland to explore with your puppy. See if you can spot the restored waterwheel, or explore Modern Hall’s very own private gardens. There are plenty of trails and the meandering River Wandle to explore when you visit Morden Hall park.
If you are looking for a big open space, Richmond Park is perfect for you and your pooch. As one of the biggest parks in London, Richmond Park is a 16 hectare woodland garden that is home to the Isabella Plantation. The famous park is set in a beautiful Victorian Plantation, that dates back to the 1830s. Make sure to keep your dog on a lead while exploring the park, as there is precious wildlife hidden in every corner.
Trent Country Park
Live on the outskirts of London? Don’t worry, Trent Country park is the perfect place to explore with your dog. With swaying meadows, lakes and ancient woodland including Enfield Chase – a former hunting ground of monarchs such as Henry the VII – there is so much much history to learn. Stroll through the meadows as your dog runs around or learn about how the park got its name, the Picadilly Lane park won’t’ disappoint you.
Finsbury Park was one of the first parks to be laid out in London during the Victorian era. If you are looking for a long walk for you and your pup, try the 4.5 Parkland Walk. The old railway line that runs through the park has been transformed into a leafy footpath, perfect for letting your dog explore on or off lead. There is also a path that goes towards Alexandra Palace, where the railway line once ended.