This is one of the most dog-friendly towns in the East. Most cafes, pubs and stores are happy to welcome pooches; the King’s Head even has a ‘mutts menu’ and doggy wall of fame! Take a walk along the River Deben and Martlesham Creek before stopping off for coffee and cake at one of the many cafes. A short 10-minute drive away is Rendlesham Forest, famous for its UFO trail and beautiful walks. Nearby, start a circular walk at The Ramsholt Arms pub. The one-hour walk from the pub leads through fields and country paths. Starting and ending at The Ramsholt Arms, it’s a great walk to finish with a pub lunch.
Wells to Holkham, Norfolk
Starting at Wells-next-the-Sea, enjoy an autumnal coastal walk. If you carry on past the iconic beach huts, eventually you will reach the sands of Holkham. Visit the beautiful Holkham Estate or simply return along the Norfolk Coastal Path and through the pine forest back to Wells. Warm up at Wells Beach Café which provides water bowls and a tap for washing sandy paws. Alternatively head to the Quayside and tuck into fresh seafood or fish and chips!
Audley End Park, Essex
Located in the pretty town of Saffron Walden, Audley End Park is an extension of the grounds of English Heritage’s Audley End House. The park is free to enter and runs alongside a golf course. During autumn the park offers a stunning display of colourful trees and corn fields. Enter via the Abbey Lane entrance; here there is limited free parking, alternatively you can park at the nearby Swan Meadows Car Park. There are varying lengths of circular walks. Once you’ve worked up an appetite head into town for a bite to eat at one of the many pubs or tea rooms. The Eight Bells, Tea Amo and Kim’s Tea Room are all dog-friendly.
A firm favourite with dog walkers year-round, this tiny village offers a beautiful country path along the river – perfect for dogs who love to swim! Wander around the pretty village where the ITV drama is filmed, before heading down to the river and walking along the footpath. Take in beautiful scenery and the free roaming cows. The river gets muddy so make sure you have appropriate footwear. The Red Lion is a great option for lunch – remember to make a reservation as it can get busy!
Letty Green, Hertfordshire
Park at The Cole Green Way and explore the rail trail that runs from Hertford to the edge of Welwyn Garden City. The old railway line, with streams and plenty of shade, is popular with dog walkers and is a great way of working up an appetite before your trip to the local Cowper Arms pub. The pub offers a biscuit bar for dogs and a good choice of food for humans too!