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5 of the Best Pet-Friendly Walks in the Cotswolds

For many people, a holiday isn't complete without one of the most valued members of the family; their beloved pet. There has been a huge increase in pet-friendly accommodation in the Cotswolds, and currently many of our cottages happily welcome pets.

There are a number of beautiful areas of the Cotswolds to take your dog for a walk, and we've put together a list of 5 of the best pet-friendly areas in this exceptionally scenic part of the UK. The Cotswold Way, in particular, showcases the best that the Cotswold has to offer. It runs from Chipping Campden all the way to Bath, and provides a number of circular walks, ideal for lovers of the countryside, outdoors, and of the classic British pubs that yet more character to the area.

Here are some of the trails that we think you will love whether you're visiting the Cotswolds on your holidays, or just for a day out:

Old Sodbury

This is a nice and easy circular walk, and is particularly pet-friendly as it only has moderate slopes and no stiles or fences whatsoever. There is some beautiful Cotswold architecture to behold on the route, with the Old Sodbury medieval church and the iron-age Hill Fort as the main features of this beautiful stroll. As ever, there's a public house nearby to rest up and quench the thirst, so finish up with a tasty English ale at the Dog Inn, Old Sodbury.

Click here to visit National Trail and see a map of the route!


Stanton, Snowshill & the Edge

This trail takes you through two of the most beautiful little villages in the area; Snowshill and Stanton, with plenty of impressive views from hilltops, as well as some elements of the classic British woodlands. The full route is 6 miles long, but there is a shorter circular route of 2.5 miles if you want a more relaxed stroll. This walk does include some stiles, but with a bit of assistance, we're sure your dog will hop right over.

Click here to visit National Trail and see a map of the route!


Chipping Campden

The longer version of this delightful walk is of moderate difficulty, but the 3 mile version avoids the steeper climbs, so may be more appropriate as a dog-friendly day out in the Cotswolds. There are a number of wonderful little pubs and cafes in Chipping Campden to refresh yourself after (or before!) the route. This is considered as the "entrance" to The Cotswold Way, so enjoy it and take in all the scenery!

Click here to visit National Trail and see a map of the route!


Leckhampton

This loop is roughly 4.5 miles long, and runs on the outskirts of the beautiful village of Leckhampton. Again, some ancient ruins add yet more interesting points to this route, as well as the classically impressive Cotswold scenery. Much of the trail is along charming woodland, with some nice shelter from the rain and wind, or even from the summer sun if you happen to be lucky enough! There are a number of classic Cotswold pubs nearby too, which are ideal to visit come rain or shine.

Click here to visit National Trail and see a map of the route!


Broadway & The Tower

This walk takes you from Broadway village (The "Jewel" of the Cotswolds) to Broadway Tower Country Park, and back. Start your walk on the High Street in the morning, then finish up at lunchtime in one of Broadway's fine pubs. There are some stiles on this route, so it's only really appropriate for pets (or owners!) that are agile enough to hop over. The hills provide wonderful views as far as Wales, yet another beautiful part of the UK.

Click here to visit National Trail and see a map of the route!

For more information about pet-friendly accommodation in the Cotswolds, take a browse through our range of cottages or call us on 01993 824 252

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