Days Out & Events

Trail details
Grade of Trail: Easy
Length of trail: 1.5 miles

A woodland trail featuring activities for you and your dog.

Look out for obstacles such as hurdles, woody weaves and the log walk and let your dog cool off with a well earned swim!

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Saunton is a hugely dog friendly beach that welcomes waggy tails 365 days of the year making it a perfect location to holiday with your dog – even more so if you choose to stay at Saunton Beach Villas who welcome visitors with four legged friends to stay.

The simple and effective zoning on the beach means that you only have to have you dog on its lead for the first five minutes of your walk, after which point you have 3 and half miles of golden sand for them to wear you out on! Alternatively you are able to cut through the car park and straight on to the dunes that lead to the beach where no lead is required.

The land owners would respectfully request that a sensible approach to dog ownership is exercised in keeping your pet on the lead whilst in the car park for their own safety.

There are numerous dog waste bins and bags are provided by the beach operators around the site, in easy to find locations.

Please keep dogs on lead inside the fenced area of the dunes.

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The beach itself is fairly sheltered from all but an onshore breeze but the high walls can also block out some of the sun. At high tide the beach is also greatly reduced in size and can almost disppear on a spring high.

Dog Friendly

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Built on the most magnificent scale, Dunstanburgh Castle stands on a remote headland in Northumberland.

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Parking: There is a small amount of parking available at the church adjacent to the site.

Please be aware: Waterproof footwear is recommended.

Dogs: Dogs on leads are welcome.

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Wat Tyler Country Park offers 125 acres of stunning parkland in the heart of the beautiful south Essex marshes in which to relax and explore.

Excellent amenities for a great family day out for all ages.

Wat Tyler Country Park is just outside Pitsea town centre 2 miles east of Basildon and 10 miles from the M25.

Parking on site is free of charge

 

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PARKING
The car park at Housesteads Roman Fort is operated by Northumberland National Park. To support their endeavours in protecting our National Park, there is a charge to park in this car park. A standard £4.00 applies to all of their car parks along Hadrian’s Wall. This means that when you pay once, you can then explore the rest of Hadrian’s Wall using their car parks for no additional cost. For details about all of Northumberland National Park’s car parks along Hadrian’s Wall, please call 01434 611675. The fort lies uphill from the car park (a fairly strenuous 10 minute walk on steep gradient). A disabled car park is available. Please ask at the visitor centre for directions to this car park.

FOOD AND DRINK
Sandwiches, snack foods, ices, hot and cold drinks are available from the gift shop.

PICNIC AREA
You are welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy on the site.

SHOP
The gift shop is attached to the museum and sells Roman themed souvenirs, snacks, hot and cold drinks.

TOILETS
Male and female, including baby changing in the National Trust toilets.

DOGS
Dogs allowed on leads (restricted areas only), assistance dogs welcome.

MUSEUM
A fascinating collection of Roman finds can be seen at Housesteads, some returning to the fort for the first time in hundreds of years. See Roman altars, dedication stones, jewellery, tools and weapons, which all give us a snapshot of life 2,000 years ago.

EXHIBITION
The museum at Housesteads has undergone a transformation. Explore the story of the fort through dramatic film footage of the stunning World Heritage Site and CGI recreations of the original Roman buildings. See what it was really like to live on this hilltop fortress of Vercovicium, the Roman name for Housesteads which means 'place of the effective fighters'.
Younger visitors can meet 'Felix', a character of the fort who will guide them around the museum.

FAMILY FRIENDLY
BABY CHANGING FACILITIES
Baby changing in the National Trust toilets.


PLAY AREAS / ADVENTURE PLAYGROUND
Big, five-acre fort - plenty of space for children to run around and play.
PUSHCHAIRS ALLOWED
Yes

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Benfleet Creek  in Essex 'Dog Friendly Walk' 

From Benfleet Station to Leigh-on-Sea - 

1 h 25 min (4.2 mi) Each way

creekwalk

This particular walk is popular with cyclists and runners - but you can see far enough ahead to pop your dog back on lead if need be!  

Hadleigh Castle overlooks the path and can be reached by taking a short detour up the hill. Just beyond this is also the Olympic Mountain Bike course.  Please note that parts of this walk can be muddy or wet after heavy rain.  

Stop at the fishing village of Leigh for lunch…there are fish and chip shop, the cockle sheds and several dogfriendly pubs with a K9 watering hole to stop at and take a breather before heading on towards Southend - or in our case - heading back!

Dogs are allowed on the beach at Leigh-on-Sea out of season - between October through to April 

Please Note: Access at Benfleet is via a gated private road which is sometimes locked by the residents.  

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A small, maturing mixed woodland. Local people were involved in the development of the wood and continue to be interested in its management. Much of the planting was done under the Woodland Trust’s 'Woods on Your Doorstep' project. The wood provides an interesting visual contrast to the surrounding agricultural land.

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The Blackwood Arms Walk A beautiful 4 1/2 mile Burnham Beeches walk, featuring a convenient stop at The Blackwood Arms.

This is a circular wallk and can start and finish at the Blackwood

Littleworth Common, Burnham Beeches, South Bucks, SL1 8PP

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Langdon Hill has 2 main areas: One Tree Hill and Westley Heights.

Facilities at Westley Heights include:

Gravel Hill and Hall Wood car parks open 24 hours
2 car parks open from 8am to dusk
access to footpaths at all times
natural play area
toilets with disabled access
a picnic area
The main car park is off the High Road, Basildon, SS16 6HU:

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An old favourite visited by thousands of dog owners every year is the beautiful Elvaston Castle located in the village of Elvaston, which is set perfectly between Derby and Nottingham.

This was a real favourite of ours when we used to take Bella for a walk and she loved nothing more than the opportunities she got to explore while she was there. And with Spring having arrived there's no better place than Elvaston Castle to see this season in all it's glory!

To give you a bit of a background to start, the estate was opened in 1970 and was one of the first country parks in England. Today both the buildings and gardens are registered as being of special architectural and historical interest so there’s a great deal to see while taking in the surroundings.

Elvaston W2SAt the heart of the estate lies Elvaston Castle, a gothic revival masterpiece (not open to the public unfortunately) designed by James Wyatt in the early 1800s based on the original house dating back to 1633. Just to walk around the castle itself and take in the stunning design is a real must when visiting.

With stunning woodland walks it's a haven for birdsong and hearing the rustling of wildlife, so really is a peaceful way to escape the day to day grind. Some days you will pass a few people on your travels, but if like us you like the early morning walks, it's at these times when you can feel like you have the whole park to yourself and your K9 buddy!

If you like nothing more than a good couple of hours walking, we know that can make for thirsty work, so when it’s time for a tea break for you and water break for your doggy, there is a tea room situated just behind the castle with plenty of tables and chairs outside to be able to sit down and take a load off.

So whatever the season or occasion there is always lots to see and do in and around the park and what more perfect place to spend time with your furry friend!

This walk was submitted by Chris from Petstay Derby

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Langdon Hill has 2 main areas: One Tree Hill and Westley Heights.

Facilities at Westley Heights include:

Gravel Hill and Hall Wood car parks open 24 hours
2 car parks open from 8am to dusk
access to footpaths at all times
natural play area
toilets with disabled access
a picnic area
The main car park is off the High Road, Basildon, SS16 6HU:

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Cockington Court is one of Torbay's favourite destinations, combining history with present day through a thriving craft centre and a popular programme of events. The site enjoys a growing reputation as a regional centre for quality arts and crafts. 

Set in an award-winning country park a mile away from the seafront, Cockington Court is an historic manor house with over twenty craft studios, tea rooms, walled art garden, tudor rose garden, contemporary art gallery and a popular children’s play area.

Cockington Court is managed by TDA as a craft centre, visitor attraction and creative business space. The country park itself, Cockington Country Park, is managed by Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust.

Our Kitchen Gallery has a growing reputation in the arts world as a contemporary gallery space of regional significance, having showcased work by artists of international acclaim as well as emerging local talent.

Discover artists and craft makers at work in their studios. Watch the glass blowers create amazing works of art, hear the blacksmith clinking at his forge, and smell the delightful aromas of the delicious chocolate being made by the chocolatier.

Open daily, free admission

10am-4pm October-March and 10am-5pm April - September
Studio times may vary, please contact the maker before planning a special visit

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