9 walks with dog-friendly cafés

After a long stroll in the fresh air with your four-legged friend, it’s nice to sit back and put your feet (or paws) up. Here's nine walks at places we look after where you can find a dog-friendly café. You might find that the promise of a biscuit is a great incentive for all walkers to get to the end of a trail.

Dog walkers by the shore of Derwentwater, Borrowdale and Derwent Water, Cumbria.
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Arlington Court, Devon 

The Chichesters, who owned Arlington Court for eleven generations, were a family of dog lovers. Dogs on leads are still welcome in the carriage museum and gardens. They can also explore off-lead on the wider estate outside the lambing season. There are plenty of picnic benches in the tea garden so you can enjoy lunch with your furry friend. The tea room sometimes even offers homemade dog treats for sale.

A Border Collie in Autumn grasses, Borrowdale, Cumbria
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Birling Gap, East Sussex 

This two-mile walk takes you along the cliffs at Belle Tout to Lookout Hill. It was here that customs officers used to keep an eye out for smugglers lurking on the beaches below. Bring your four-legged friend for walk and a fossil hunt, then stop off in the café for a warming cup of tea and a slice of cake. Dogs on leads are welcome throughout the visitor centre, shop and marked areas of the café. There’s also outside seating for busy days when the café is full.

Dog in little red jacket being fed a bacon sandwich by its owner
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Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire 

Exploring the 3,800 acres of natural woodland with your furry companion is a great way to see Clumber Park. This relaxing walk ambles through fields and woodlands in some of the quieter corners of the estate. Take in views over the lake before heading to our dog-friendly café, Central Bark. There's dog toys to play with and water bowls for your pooch, and somewhere warm to shelter from the wind. Or just sit back and enjoy the coffee garden - this is the perfect pit-stop.

Visitors walking their dog along a National Trust beach
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Dunwich Heath, Suffolk 

Dunwich Heath is a habitat for many special species including Dartford warbler, nightjar, woodlark and ant-lion. Dogs are welcome throughout, although we ask that they’re kept on leads at certain times of the year to protect nesting birds. They can enjoy playing off-lead on the beach all year round. Come into the tea room at Coastguard Cottages for a rest and a cool drink of water after your walk.

Visitors relaxing with their dog at the outdoor seating area in the courtyard at Trelissick, Cornwall
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Stackpole, Pembrokeshire 

This six-mile walk takes in some of the most beautiful coastline in Pembrokeshire. As most of the coast path is also farmland we do ask that you keep your dog on a lead around livestock and wildlife. They can have a good run and explore off-lead on the beaches. Finish your walk at the Boathouse tea-room, open every day from Easter until October and at weekends out of season. There’s plenty of outside seating where you can enjoy some well-deserved refreshment with your four-legged friend.

A dog by the fire at Sticklebarn in Langdale Cumbria
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Sticklebarn and the Langdales, Cumbria 

Walkers of both the four and two-legged variety will enjoy exploring the Langdales. This challenging route begins at Sticklebarn Tavern, and follows Stickle Ghyll all the way up the valley. Afterwards you can return to the pub for a well-deserved rest. We have towels to dry off muddy dogs, plus water bowls, treats and even a special doggy menu, so everyone in your party can relax after a hard day on the fells.

Visitor and their dogs at Stourhead, Wiltshire
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Stourhead, Wiltshire 

Dogs are welcome across Stourhead’s countryside areas all year round. They can also come for walks in the landscape gardens at certain times. This five-mile walk takes you up through beautiful woodlands to King Alfred’s Tower. A tower believed to mark the site where King Alfred the Great rallied his troops in 878. After all that exercise, dogs and their owners can relax in the visitor reception café's outoor area, or in the Spread Eagle Inn courtyard. Water bowls are on hand for thirsty dogs, just let one of the team members know if it needs topping up.

Dog on Table outside cafe
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Trelissick, Cornwall 

The Trelissick estate has miles of woodland and open parkland walks for dogs and their owners to explore. This four-mile walk follows the River Fal for part of its length, offering views over the estuary. Head to the café afterwards for a cuppa and a slice of homemade cake while the pooch enjoys homemade dog biscuits. Our outside courtyard area is dog-friendly, with water bowls and sheltered seating.

Two dogs on a tree stump
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Wallington, Northumberland 

Dog love visiting Wallington, and can explore anywhere outside on a lead. Take a tranquil walk along the banks of the River Wansbeck, crossing over bridges and stepping stones. The Clocktower Café has plenty of outdoor seating and water bowls. You can even buy home-made dog treats for your furry companion.

Visitor with her dog at Hatfield Forest, Essex

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