Who doesn’t love a good walk? Our furry friends wag their tail every time we even bring out the leash! Dogs and walkies are two words that just go together. Now with the UK becoming more pet friendlier by the day and with more holiday cottages accepting pets, it’s the perfect time to take your dog on a beautiful scenic walk.
Searches for ‘big dog walks’ and ‘dog walking near me’ increased by 250% and 300% in the last year, according to data from Linkfluence. UK residents across the country are now searching for new routes to take their canine companion. Now, Canine Cottages has released the UK’s most ‘Instagrammable’, or photo-friendly, dog walks.
Based on the number of hashtags on Instagram in the last six months, the top ten most ‘Instagrammable’ walks in Britain, are:
- St. Agnes Beacon and Wheal Coates, Cornwall
- Allen Banks and Staward Gorge, Northumberland
- Pen y Fan and Corn Du circular walk, South Wales
- Staithes and Port Mulgrave, Yorkshire
- Formby Beach, Lancashire
- Luskentyre, Isle of Harris
- Cleeve Hill and Nottingham Hill circuit, Cotswolds
- Hastings Country Park, Sussex
- Binbrook and Stainton Le Vale Circular Walk, Lincolnshire
- Derwentwater and Cat Bells, Lake District
St. Agnes Beacon and Wheal Coates circular walk comes out on top as the UK’s most Instagrammable dog walk, with over 127,000 posts on Instagram in the past six months. The three-mile walk, located in Cornwall, offers beautiful scenery of the coastline and heather fields, and takes you to the fascinating Wheal Coates tin mine too.
Your pup can enjoy the wind in his ears and the salt in his fur on this cliff-top walk, taking in Cornwall’s iconic abandoned wheal houses. It’s fairly level along a path with a gentle climb to St Agnes Beacon, however, there are steep cliff edges and hidden mine shafts so keep your pup on a lead to be on the safe side.
A leash is highly necessary at some points on this walk and Canine Cottages states that the route brings some of the most stunning views in Cornwall.
Second on the list is Allen Banks and Steward Gorge, located in beautiful Northumberland. With 21,111 posts in the last six months, it’s one of the best dog walks to post about. This 2.5-mile trail takes you along a stunning gorge and through woodland paths, so there’s plenty of opportunity for pictures.
It also takes you through the trees and towards the water at Moralee Tarn. Your hound can nose around the woodland, chase birds, squirrels and sticks, and generally run wild, what better on a fine autumn day, or any day come to that? The route is mainly footpath with a few small climbs and it’s an excellent place for wildlife spotting – this ancient woodland has been around since medieval times and boasts a true diversity of nature and some enjoyable dog walks.
Third on the list is Pen y Fan and Corn Du circular walk, located in Powys, South Wales, with 13,720 posts in the last six months. Pen Y Fan is the tallest peak in the Brecon Beacons National Park, measuring 886 meters above sea level, and this walking path stretches for four miles.
With this walk you and your pooch will get to experience both impressive peaks on this circular walk, and on a clear day, the views of the Bristol Channel, Gower Peninsula and the Cambrian Mountains from the summit are immense, making the climb well worth the effort. After this walk, your pup will be happy that they conquered southern Britain’s highest mountain.
Shannon Keary, Digital PR Manager at Canine Cottages said, “Dog walking is one of Brits’ favourite pastimes, made even better when the walks are as beautiful as these ones right on British shores. Our list of the most Instagrammable dog walks will hopefully help inspire you to take a trip to one of these amazing walks with your dog, snapping Insta-worthy pics along the way!”