Celebrate National Dog Day!

From racing across a deserted beach to searching for exciting new smells, treat the dog in your life by taking them for a scenic walk on National Dog Day.


Border collie in a grassy field

Taking place on Friday 26th August, National Dog Day aims to raise awareness and save thousands of dogs suffering from neglect.


Created by pet expert, Colleen Paige, National Dog Day takes place annually on the 26th August to mark the day her family first adopted a rescue dog. 

Dogs are amazing, courageous, sensitive and sentient beings that deserve compassion and respect. Please consider bringing what was once considered “unwanted love”, into your heart and home on National Dog Day!”

Did someone say walkies? Why not celebrate with your dog by taking them on one of these wonderful dog-friendly walks this weekend:

Long Rock Beach, Cornwall

Longrock Beach, Cornwall/Credit: Getty

Does your dog enjoy playing on the beach? Why not take a stroll along the Long Rock Beach. Enjoy the spectacular views of the Lizard and Penzance harbour whilst your dog splashes around in the shallow waters. Unusually, this beach is open to dogs all year round, however the beach reduces greatly at high tide and can be dangerous in stormy weather.

For more information please visit: www.walkiees.co.uk/walks/view/long-rock

Busketts Lawn, New Forest

Discover the New Forest whilst walking through the ancient woodland with your dog. The walk is very popular for dogs as the open lawns are perfect for playing games and experimenting with training exercises.

For more information please visit: www.walkiees.co.uk/walks/view/busketts-lawn

Lochore Meadows, Fife

Celebrate national dog day at the edge of Loch Ore. The vast woodlands and grasslands surround the loch making the area a perfect picturesque walkway. Your dog can enjoy a splash in the loch and nearby ponds. The easy path is accessible for all to enjoy.

For more information please visit: www.walkiees.co.uk/walks/view/lochore-meadows

The Doone Valley, North Devon

Ancient woodland at Doone Valley, North Devon/Credit: Getty

Enjoy the spectacular views of the Doone Valley. The 5 ½ mile circular walk can be strenuous at times but the view is definitely worth it. Take a break at the Blue Ball Inn for a refreshing drink. Dogs are of course welcome to have a well-deserved rest too!

For more information please visit: www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk/walksdb/240/

Derwentwater, Lake District  

Derwent water view, English lake District/Credit: Getty


Discover Derwentwater from the shores with this 8-mile walk. Stretching from the market town of Keswick to the one of the Lake Districts finest lakes, Derwentwater. Explore the magnificent scenery and wildlife whilst taking the easy stroll along the waters edge. The shallow shores are great for paddling pups.

For more information please visit: www.lakedistrict.gov.uk

Stonebarrow Hill and Golden Gap, Dorset

View looking east towards Golden Cap, Lyme Regis/Credit: Getty

Adventure along the Jurassic Coast and enjoy a wonderful 2-mile walk along an area of outstanding natural beauty. Enjoy coastal paths and views of the beautiful Jurassic Coast. Finish the walk by enjoying Charmouth’s East Beach, brilliant for dogs and humans alike.

For more information please visit: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/golden-cap

Kidson, North Yorkshire

Enjoy a fantastic walk through the beautiful Yorkshire countryside with this 4.8-mile walk. Take in the stunning views of the valley whilst taking the easy track over the top of the Kidson dales.

For more information please visit: www.thegooddogguide.com/yorkshire

Swiss Valley Old Railway Path, Carmarthenshire

Take a trip down the Swiss Valley Trail. The trail once connected the iron kiln in the village of Cwmddyche by horse and carriage to the coast. In 1803 the path became a part of the Carmarthen Tramway however, today the path is an enjoyable walk and cycle way. The 11 mile path runs along extensive woodland and the Gwendraeth Valley. Both families and dogs will enjoy the accessible traffic free path.

For more information please visit: www.thegooddogguide.com

Llanberis Path, Snowdonia

The Llanberis Path up to the summit of Snowdon, Snowdonia National Park, Wales/Credit: Getty

This challenging walk showcases the incredible views of the Welsh Valleys. Whilst climbing the side of Snowdon beware of the steep cliffs and rugged surfaces. Half way up the cafe will provide a welcome rest for walkers and friendly dogs. At the summit of the Llanberis Path enjoy a spectacular view of the Welsh countryside. 

For more information please visit: www.walkiees.co.uk/walks/view/llanberis-path-snowdon

The Seven Sisters, South Downs

Discover the South Downs by strolling along the Seven Sisters. Enjoy views of the beautiful white cliffs and the incredible views of the English Channel. The spectacular rolling hills are perfect for both dogs and dog walkers a like. Along the path attractive villages and pubs can be perfect for a pit stop. 

For more information please visit: www.nationaltrail.co.uk/south-downs-way

Please remember to pick up after your dog and keep them on the lead near steep cliff edges. 

Don’t have a dog? There are many ways to celebrate National Dog Day, such as sponsoring a Guide Dog puppy or treating a rescue dog to a new toy. Animal rescue centres often need volunteers, so if you have time to spare, you could even help walk and groom the dogs. 


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