New scents for them to sniff, new paths for them to tread. Plymouth has some stunning places to walk for humans, however, it gets a little bit difficult when you’ve got a dog with you. Some beaches don’t allow dogs at all and some only allow dogs at certain times of the year. Well look no further, we are here to help you by giving you a guide to where you can walk your dog this January.
Grab your walking boots, winter coat, lead and poo bags, and get out into the fresh air with your furry friend.
Plymbridge Woods & Plym Valley Trail
Just above Plympton is Plymbridge Woods which offers a tranquil woodland walk following the River Plym. With spots where your dog can take a plunge in the water and lots of forest smells your dog can sniff out, this is a great trail. If you’re looking for a long walk to stretch the legs, the Plym Valley Trail involves a section of the Plymbridge Woods as well as 5 miles of varying terrain. This trail passes a river, an unused canal as well as the old railway line, now used as a cycle track. Keep an eye out for wildlife on this trail too!
Some people love it, some people hate it, but to me, there is nothing better than the smell of crisp seaweed and salty sea air on a cold winter’s day. Wembury beach allows dogs on the beach until the 1st May as well as the surrounding coastal walks. Right or left of the rugged beach continues the famous South West Coast path which feels never-ending. Head up past the church above the car park for a clifftop view of the sea or head past the beach on your right and follow the path which winds around the coastline. A particularly windy walk is deserving of a hot cuppa, The Old Mill Café is the perfect spot to warm the cockles. They are only open on the weekend from 11am-4pm.
Dartmoor is packed full of wonderful spots to explore the wilderness with your dog. OM recommends Burrator Reservoir as a picturesque spot that is only 20 minutes from Plymouth centre. As you come into the reservoir from Plymouth, there is plentiful parking on your left next to the dam. Head over the bridge and enjoy scenic views of the reservoir and surrounding landscape. Follow the road around or head through the forest to join up with one of the many public footpaths.
Buckland Abbey Estate
A half an hour drive north, you arrive at Buckland Abbey Estate. Here you will find 3 different walking routes, each with a varying difficulty level to fit your ability. Dogs should be kept on a lead at all times and there are no doggy poo bins, however, they advise to either ‘stick and flick’ it or pick it up and dispose of it at home. They also have a cosy dog-friendly restaurant to warm up those soggy dog paws.
Cornwall is only over the bridge too! About a 45-minute drive is Whitsand Bay, 4 miles of rugged coastline and vast white sand. Dogs are allowed on this beach throughout the year! Make sure to check the tide times before you leave because the beach gets very narrow at high tide.
We hope this has given you some insightful ideas on where to walk your dog this month and we anticipate your dog enjoys the walks just as much