Woods and forests are lots of fun and provide a great opportunity to enjoy adventures or simply a leisurely stroll with your dog. No matter the time of year, you never know what terrific sights await you around each twist and turn of a woodland path. To help you and your four-legged friend explore the great outdoors, we’ve put together our favourite forest locations for dog walks across Britain…
[Photos courtesy of the Forestry Commission]
Alice Holt, Hampshire
There’s so much to do at Alice Holt, particularly if you have little ones. Spot the Gruffalo and friends on the special themed trail, or enjoy a wander through the wider forest tracks with lots of exciting smells for your dog to sniff. The Lodge Pond trail does get muddy but is a beautiful route. Dogs should be kept on lead near the visitor centre.
Is there a car park? Yes, with dog poo bins. Charges apply.
Facilities: Café (with water bowl for dogs), visitor centre, cycle hire, easy access discover trail suitable for wheelchair users, play trail for children
Sherwood Pines, Nottinghamshire
Sherwood Pines is a great place for dogs to scamper about and explore. It’s a top location for wild running too, so why not add this to the list of places to visit if you enjoy Canicross or simply running with your dog. There are lots of different routes to take and walks are well signposted. You may even find Robin Hood’s whetstone.
Is there a car park? Yes, charges apply. There are no poo bins, so pick up and take home.
Facilities: Toilets, baby changing, café with picnic tables, cycle hire