The best dogs walks in Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire
Amanda French list the best walks to get tails wagging
There’s nothing better on a Sunday than heading off into the countryside for a long walk with the dog, but one thing can make it better…plenty of pub stops scheduled in!
Below we’ve rounded up our favourite walks to enjoy with your furry friend, with a few stops just for the humans thrown in too.
Dog walks in Norfolk
If you happen to live near, or visit the North Norfolk coast with your furry friends, you’ll be pleased to know that dogs are welcome on most of the beaches, meaning you can enjoy long stretches of empty beaches (out of season). However, there are some restrictions at different times of the year, so do check ahead of time to be sure. Begin your walk at Holkham beach and head onto Wells-next-to-the-sea for an easy nine mile walk, which will prove great fun for humans and dogs alike.
Enjoy magnificent views of the vast sands on a flat walk which anyone can undertake…try walking half the way and catching the bus back if nine miles in one go feels like too much. However, your walk can be broken up with a quick bite to eat at The Albatros in Wells, an old Dutch Cargo ship, which now serves up food and drink, as well as plenty of entertainment. A great place to stop as dogs are welcome to join them on board.
Dog walks with pub stops in Suffolk
Head to The King’s Head in Woodbridge for great food at its riverside location. The pub even has a ‘Mutt’s Menu’ designed for your best friend. All items are only £1 and include Cows Ears, Pigs Ears, Honey Dried Pig Snout and Doggy sausage. Don’t worry, there are plenty of great dishes for humans too. Once you’ve finished lunch, why not walk some of it off with a riverside walk, taking in views of the Woodbridge Tide Mill, standing on the refurbished Quay. Visit http://www.theaa.com/walks/down-by-the-river-at-woodbridge-421019 to see details of an easy four mile walk along town streets, riverside paths and the river wall.
Dog walks in Cambridgeshire
Start near Newmarket race course and head off into the Devil’s Dyke for a lovely nine mile walk along the dyke’s water extension, Reach Lode. Head into Burwell Fen and then through to Ely and past the cathedral. Once you’ve reached Reach, head to the Dyke’s End pub with your dog and you’ll all be welcomed for food and drink at the end of your journey.
Dog walks with pubs in Hertfordshire
Head over to Ayot St Lawrence, between Harpenden and Welwyn to enjoy a wealth of walks with your dogs. The village is set in the middle of the countryside, so there are plenty of areas to let the dog off the lead to run free. Closer to the village you’ll pass the National Trust property Shaw’s Corner, the one-time home to George Bernard Shaw. Head to the Brocket Arms afterwards for a dog friendly drink or a bite to eat.
Dog walks in Essex
If you’ve never been to Margaretting Tye, then now’s the time to get your wellies on, dogs ready and head off. Start off at The White Hart (after a dog-friendly lunch or drink) and then head around the local countryside for a beautiful four mile walk in the heart of the Essex countryside. See here for more details: http://www.essexwalker.org/essex-walks/Margaretting-Tye-essex-walk-4-miles.pdf
Dog walks with pubs in Bedfordshire
If you are lucky enough to live in the beautiful countryside of Bedfordshire, then you’ll know there’s a huge variety of places to take your best friend for a run around. Set within the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Dunstable Downs is a great place for a walk on a sunny day.
Park at the Dunstable Downs visitor centre and then head off for a 6.5 mile walk around the area. Enjoy a cemetery from the late Neolithic period (the only one in the country), beautiful flora and fauna and pass through the village of Totternhoe and stop off for a pub lunch or a drink or two at The Old Farm Inn at Totternhoe where dogs are welcome in the garden area.