It’s true what they say about dogs being man’s best friend, and there’s nothing better than spending quality time with your bestie. Now, we’re not suggesting you take your dog out for a drink or a slap-up dinner, but a stroll through the park – or even further afield – isn’t a bad idea to keep your furry friend happy. We’ve put together a list of the best walking routes in North Yorkshire so you don’t have to.
Raincliffe Woods is a popular dog-walking spot a couple of miles outside of the town centre. There are three trails for you to follow with your pooch: Rowntree, Graham and Wallis – each with varying gradients and lengths. If you’re looking to challenge yourself, the Wallis route is the most strenuous, and when you get back to the hotel, we recommend that you make use of our dog washing station to keep you both smelling fresh.
If you’re able to get a bit further out of town, Dalby Forest is well worth a visit. There are 13 walking trails to choose from, including easy access routes, so everyone should be able to find something to do. The Woodcock Way Circular Walk starts off at Staindale Lake and climbs so you get a great view across the moor.
Broxa Forest is a smidge closer to Scarborough than Dalby, and offers a more rugged walk. The views around the edge of the track are fantastic, and you might even catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights. There’s plenty of wildlife to see down by the River Derwent too, so while your dog’s having a sniff around, you can try and spot some of the forest’s wildlife.
Just a few miles south of Scarborough is Cayton Bay, a wild and rugged dog-friendly beach. This walk is perfect if you want to get away from town and feel the sea breeze. Cayton Bay is a popular surfing spot due to its full exposure to the North Sea, so you might want to take your jacket to avoid those winds! Keep an eye out for fossils while your dog’s out letting off some steam.
Forge Valley Woods
Forge Valley Woods is a two-mile route that should be relatively easy for most dogs. It runs through the valley and leads you past a disused quarry, passing through wild garlic to follow the course of the River Derwent. This is another route that’s teeming with life and you can easily lose yourself in the natural beauty that surrounds you. We do recommend that you keep your dog on a lead around here, though!
We’re in a perfect location for you to access both the stunning woodlands of North Yorkshire, as well as the wild and windy side of Britain’s coast – and the best part? You don’t have to leave your best friend at home! Take a look at our facilities to see how your stay with us can be the perfect holiday for your furry friend too.