Days Out With Your Dog in Suffolk

Enjoy a dog-friendly day out in Suffolk. From parks and country walks to more adventurous activities such as paddle boarding, here are eight great dog-friendly days out in Suffolk…

Rendlesham Forest

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! www.forestryengland.uk/rendlesham-forest

Ickworth Grounds & Parkland

The Rotunda, Horringer, IP29 5QE

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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! www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ickworth/features/ickworth—a-pleasure-ground-for-dogs

Doggy SUP Adventure

Multiple locations in Suffolk

The Dog Backpacker provides a variety of events running throughout the year that will get your dog’s tails wagging. There are organised walks, but perhaps their most fun activity has to be paddle boarding with your dog! You’ll be given full instructions and a guide will stay with you along some of Suffolk’s beautiful waterways. There are also canoe options available. This is suitable for all dogs; the water pups and those who prefer to keep their paws dry! Keep an eye on forthcoming dates at www.thedogbackpacker.co.uk

Read our review of doggy paddle boarding here

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. www.thesuffolkpunchtrust.co.uk

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Thetford Forest

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. www.forestryengland.uk/thetford-forest

Nowton Park

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. www.westsuffolk.gov.uk/leisure/Parks/nowton-park.cfm

Hardwick Heath

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. www.westsuffolk.gov.uk/leisure/Parks/hardwick-heath.cfm

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. www.weststow.org/Country-Park

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