Posted on 15/11/2016 by David
North Wales is undoubtedly one of the best places for you to take your four-legged friend. Whether you have a terrier who loves to sprint up and down the sand dunes on the beach, a border collie who likes to take a swim in a river, or a Labrador who is partial to a quick roll around in mud when you’re just about to get in the car, every dog will love a walk in North Wales!
Here are 5 of the best dog walks that your dog will really thank you for:
1. Llyn Padran, Llanberis
Llyn Padarn is an interesting walk, including a forest walk, an old quarry hospital and industrial archaeology. It’s a long walk if you decide to do the entire circuit of the lake, so be sure to take some snacks for you (and the dog!).
2. Point of Ayr Beach, Near Prestatyn
Otherwise known as Talacre, Point of Ayr beach is very popular with dog walkers. With miles of sandy beaches and sand dunes as far as the eye can see, it really is a haven for dogs (and owners, too!). There can often be strong winds coming off the sea, so wrap up warm. However, when the wind drops and the sun beats down on the beach, it can be a lovely place to sit with a picnic whilst your doggy runs into the sea!
3. Gywdir Forest, Betws y Coed
Gwydir Forest covers over 28 square miles, meaning there is plenty of space for you and your dog to roam around to your heart’s content. With views across the valley, lakes and rivers to splash about in, and mountains to enjoy, there is no doubt that this walk will wear down the endless energy supply your dog has, plus provide an adventure for you, too!
Tip! There are lots of birds such as buzzards, black grouse, and horseshoe bats, so make sure you’re alert if your dog is a bird-lover.
4. Penycloddiau, Denbighshire
A truly stunning walk, Penycloddiau offers an unrivalled view of the south of the vale of Clywd and when the weather is right, you will be able to see the Snowdon skyline in the distance. There is quite a walk to the summit and plenty of interesting things for your dog to explore on the way up, including a woodland section and several streams for them to cool off in.
Tip! Stay in a pet-friendly cottage in the area such as Hendy Bach. Have a week of relaxing and adventurous walks with your fluffy friend.
5. Dingle Local Nature Reserve, Llangefni
Dingle Local Nature Reserve is a real hidden gem found on the Isle of Anglesey. It’s beautiful surroundings make for a lovely afternoon walk with your dog. It has also been awarded a Green Flag by Keep Wales Tidy and represents the standard of the park. If you’re looking for true natural beauty, Dingle Reserve is the place to go – your dog will love it too!
These are some of the best walks in North Wales for you and your dog, but there are hundreds (or thousands) of walks to be explored. Why not hire a pet-friendly cottage central to all the walks you want to try and spend a week exploring – the perfect holiday for you and your dog!
Where is your favourite place to take your dog on a walk? Share your special spots with us in the comments below…