Enjoy a dog-friendly day out in Suffolk. From parks and country walks to more adventurous activities such as paddleboarding, here are eight great dog-friendly days out in Suffolk…
Tangham, Woodbridge, IP12 3NF
An Area of Outstanding Beauty, this location is great for long country walks all year round. Follow the marked paths including the UFO trail or take the orienteering trail. If you’re more of an active type, hire a bike and take on one of the two cycling trails. This a hugely popular dog walking spot so expect to see plenty of four-legged friends!
The Suffolk Punch Trust
Sink Farm, St Davids Lane, Woodbridge, IP12 3JR
An educational and environmental charity dedicated to breeding and preserving the Suffolk Punch horse. Take one of the three pretty walks, varying in length, around the farm where dogs are welcome on leads. This is a good family attraction and beautiful rural setting. There’s free ample parking and a café on site if you need refreshments. Plan your day here.
Ickworth Grounds & Parkland
The Rotunda, Horringer, IP29 5QE
Whether you’re looking for snow drops or daffodils, or simply want to enjoy a good country walk, this is the place for you. Dogs must be kept on lead within the Estate’s grounds, but can wander freely around the parkland and woods. There are plenty of routes to follow, some leisurely, others more challenging. However, do be aware of wildlife and sheep and abide by the Countryside Code at all times. If your pooch is thirsty, water bowls can be found outside the West Wing and Porter’s Lodge, which welcomes doggy visitors outdoors. There are dog biscuits, waste bags and a spare lead too should you need to borrow it!
Doggy SUP Adventure
Multiple locations in Suffolk
Walks are great but for fun-loving pets paddleboarding is a must! Paddleboards are available to hire at a number of locations in Suffolk and are a great way to discover the county’s beautiful waterways. There are also canoe options available. It’s great for water pups and those who prefer to keep their paws dry! Read our review of doggy paddle boarding here
Thetford Road, Brandon IP27 0AF
The ultimate forest adventure for dogs who love to run, jump and sniff! There are a number of walks available including trails shaded by pine trees, heathland and dense forest. Be warned it’s not uncommon to see a deer so if your dog loves to chase, be on alert. The High Lodge is the main hub of activity with its high ropes, playground and café. Dogs must be kept on lead in this area, but there are water bowls for thirsty pups.
Bury Road, Bury St Edmunds, IP29 5LU
Explore the 200 acres of landscaped gardens including an arboretum, wildflower meadow, maze and ponds. This is a good choice for spring and summer days. Dogs must be kept on leads, so it’s probably best for dogs who are happy to trot about. Stop by for a drink or bite to eat at the café, where dogs are welcome both inside and outside.
Hardwick Lane, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 2QZ
Dogs are welcome off lead (but must be kept under control at all times) at the 55-acre park featuring a play area, football pitches, a picnic area and a fishing pond. It’s a superb day out for the whole family to enjoy. It’s free to visit, you’ll just need to pay for parking.
West Stow Country Park
Icklingham Road, West Stow, IP28 6HG
This is a beautiful 125 acres of countryside featuring trails, heaths and woodlands. Seasonal flora blooms throughout the year and there’s always something new to admire. It’s a popular spot for wildlife too so dogs must be kept on leads.