10 of the Best Dog Walks in East Anglia

Are you stuck in a rut doing the same old dog walks?

Written by Karen Rhodes at Suffolk Dog Services 

Why not pack up the whole family at the weekend and give your dog a real treat while soaking up some of the delights our region has to offer? So you don’t have to spend time planning, here’s a handy list of 10 walking routes in East Anglia.

    1. Lavenham: Bridge Street Road, Lavenham CO10 9QT

Start from the church, head towards Portland Lane, turning left at Park Road. Pick up the lane where the walk begins following the stunning disused Lavenham to Long Melford railway line. Struggling to motivate the children? Tell them Harry Potters house is at the end and see if they can guess which one it is as you head back up the high street.

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  1. Thetford Forest: Thetford Road, Brandon IP27 0AF

The walks all start at High Lodge varying from pine trees to heathland. However busy the car park seems, the area is so vast it’s still nice and quiet as you go off and explore. On return there’s taps and dog bowls to provide fresh water for your weary pooch. Be prepared to carry your poo bags as there are no bins once you get going.

  1. Dunstable Downs: Dunstable Road, Whipsnade LU6 2GY

Set high on the Chiltons, Dunstable Downs is an amazing area to take it in some of the region’s most spectacular views. There are a number of walks starting from the visitors centre, some being quite steep so pack your hiking boots and some treats for your dog.

  1. Baylham: Chalk Hill Lane, Great Blakenhan IP6 0NA

Follow Chalk Hill Lane until you reach signs for the Baylham and beyond trail which will take you on a beautiful, quite countryside circular walk. Some of the walk is on the road but it’s so quiet you needn’t worry about too much traffic, only the odd horse rider.

  1. Rendlesham Forest: Tangham IP12 3NF

Just a short distance outside Woodbridge, probably the most dog friendly town in the region, Rendlesham has a variety of walking trails. I would recommend walking your dog around the trail which takes its name from the famous 1980 Rendlesham UFO incident. The well sign posted walking trails cross over cycling trails in places so you do need to take care if your dog loves to chase. 

  1.         Cranfield: Lodge Road, Cranfield, Bedford MK43 0BD

A true local treasure set in a quiet location away from the main roads. The walk is located off Lodge Road taking you through tree lined hard standing paths which look down towards Marston Thrift. There’s been lots of trees planted recently and two ponds providing a nice spot to sit and take in the tranquillity before tackling the hill on the return journey.

  1. Walberswick: Ferry Road, Walberswick IP18 6UA

If you’re a fan of sandy beaches and crabbing this is the walk for you. The best news is that on Walberswick beach, dogs are permitted all year round. Spend the day on the sandy dunes or take your dog to nature reserve. The car park is conveniently situated right on the beach and the costal path is clearly marked. 

  1. Dedham: Dedham Road CO7 6DH

Away from the popular tourist destination of the Mill, amble around the Essex Way walk which through picturesque fields of Dedham Vale and the Stour Valley. There are horses in some of the fields so make sure your dog is ok with them. It’s easy to see why Constable loved this part of the region so much.

  1. Shingle Street: Woodbridge IP12 3BE

This dog walk is a hidden gem which you wouldn’t necessarily know about unless you live locally. Shingle Street as the name would suggest is a shingle beach which benefits from being dog friendly all year round. Get there early to nab the best parking spot close to the beach. A word of caution though, allowing your dog to swim in the sea is not recommended as there are strong undercurrents. 

  1. Stoke Hammond: Leighton Road, Milton Keynes MK17 9DD

The final walk is a canal route starting from the Three locks pub which is dog friendly of course. You have two options, walk towards Stoke Hammond in one direction or head towards Lindslade. Both are equally beautiful walks and are busy with canal boats throughout the year. 

As chosen by Dragons Den Star and entrepreneur Theo Paphitis, Karen is the owner of award-winning Suffolk Dog Services. She provides rural adventure walks specialising in high energy working dog breeds. Taking them away from their usual surroundings and treating them to amazing experiences.

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3 thoughts on “10 of the Best Dog Walks in East Anglia

  1. Please note that there is a sssi at Shingle Street in Suffolk where many rare wild flowers grow and birds nest (in particular Skylarks which nest on the ground throughout the area). From 1st May to end of September dog walkers should keep their dogs on a lead and keep to the footpaths through the sssi – only allowing their dogs to run free on the shingle beach. Natural England can offer further information on the area if required.

  2. The Countryside Code was developed in the mid-nineteenth century – and it is worth pointing out that nothing has changed with regard to how we should behave in the countryside. It’s all more or less common sense: Close gates behind you, don’t start fires, keep out of crops…and keep dogs on leads. By June Nightjars will have started nesting…along with the Woodlark they simply make a scrape on the ground. Dartford Warblers are low down in the heather on heathland, Skylarks are nesting on sssi..many already affected by the Beast from the East this year! Little Terns arrive from Africa to nest on the beach at Shingle Street, rare orchids and clover grow from beach to sea wall along the sssi. The Countryside Code states that dogs should be kept under effective control – SSSI’s and Nature Reserves are special places – also look out for adders and the Oak Processionary Moth Caterpillar as the hairs can cause skin, eye and throat irritation. Above all – respect our heritage.

  3. Statutory guidance -DEFRA – Natural England

    The Countryside Code – online version – see website below
    Updated 4 October 2016

    Respect – Protect – Enjoy

    We all have a responsibility to protect the countryside now and for future generations, so make sure you don’t harm animals, birds, plants or trees and try to leave no trace of your visit. When out with your dog make sure it is not a danger or nuisance to farm animals, horses, wildlife or other people. Clean up after it.
    Keep it on a lead!

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