Top dog walking spots in the South West

There are plenty of dog-friendly spots to keep tails wagging - from splashing all four paws in the sea to sniffing out doggy treasure on a woodland walk.

Help keep the countryside a safe, healthy and enjoyable place for you and your dog, other visitors, wildlife and livestock. Keep pooch in sight and use a lead if requested. Look out for local notices and use the dedicated dog bins.

Scroll down to see the top dog walks in Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire.

Visitors walking dogs on the iron bridge over the River Teign, Devon

What your dog can expect

Many of our locations offer facilities for man's best friend, but will differ from place to place. These usually include a shady parking space in car parks, water for drinking bowls, hitching posts where dogs may be left safely, dog mess bins, and spare leads and dog mess bags in case you forget yours. These facilities will vary from place to place, so do check the individual property facilities and access pages.

Dogs assisting visitors with disabilities are welcome inside all our houses, gardens, restaurants and shops. For more detailed access information, please check before you visit.

Ticks and Lyme disease 

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection spread to humans by infected ticks. Ticks are tiny spider-like creatures found in woodland and heath areas. Find out what to do if you're worried about ticks or Lyme disease.

Dog-friendly walks in Cornwall

Dog-friendly beaches in Cornwall

Top dog walks in Devon

Dog walks in Dorset

Walks with dogs on Exmoor

Walking your dog in Gloucestershire

Exploring Somerset with your dog

Walking your dog in Wiltshire

Visiting with your dog

Help us keep the countryside in the South West a safe, healthy and enjoyable place for you and your dog, other visitors, wildlife and livestock:​​

  • Keep your dog in sight and under control.

  • Don't let your dog chase wildlife or farm animals. Dogs should also be kept on leads around livestock, but if cattle or other large animals try to chase your dog then it is safer to drop the lead until you are clear of the area.​

  • Watch out for local notices. There may be restrictions in woodland or farmland at sensitive times of year, during the lambing season, or between March and the end of July when ground-nesting birds are on eggs or raising their young.​​

  • If you do have your dog off-lead in a permitted area, please remember that you will be sharing that space with other dogs and people, some of whom might be nervous. Ensure that your dog remains within sight at all times, and will respond reliably to a recall.​

  • Please bag your dog’s poo and carry it until you find a bin, or take it home with you. If left, dog poo can harm habitats by changing the nitrogen balance of soils, and it can also carry diseases that cause cows to have still-births.​

Our partners Forthglade have pulled together some handy tips to encourage responsible dog walking and ownership. Help us encourage responsible dog walking by checking out the Canine Code.