Best Spring dog walks in Yorkshire

If you’re looking for the best dog walks in Yorkshire you’re spoilt for choice. From gorgeous valleys through bewitching woods to the high hills – a wealth of rewarding trails await you and your four-legged friend. 

In fact, there are so many walks to choose from it can be hard to decide where to go. Which is why we’ve put together our favourites to help get the paws pattering and tails wagging.

Trans Pennine Trail

The Trans Pennine Trail is home to some of the best Spring dogs walks in Yorkshire. Although it runs hundreds of miles from coast to coast, you can easily complete scenic, shorter sections, largely on traffic-free, fairly level, well-maintained paths. The trail’s website has a series of leaflets with route maps as well as a handy interactive map.

Rivelin Valley nature trail

One of the joys of winter ending is when nature wakes up and puts on a show. Which is why the Rivelin Valley Trail is one of the top spots for Spring dog walks in Yorkshire. This 2.5 mile heritage and nature trail runs from Sheffield to the Peak District National Park and has plenty of shorter circular options. Expect riverside paths, ash and oak woods, and the remains of more than 40 watermills and dams.

Kedleston Hall

For a slightly longer route, head to the National Trust’s Kedleston Hall, around 5 miles north of Derby. This 18th century mansion has formal gardens, complete with a ha-ha, a cafe and 800 acres of grounds. Walking trails include the dog-friendly ‘Long Walk’ – a 3.2 mile trail that takes in slight inclines, woodland paths and some rough terrain. Well-behaved dogs on leads are welcomed throughout the parks and gardens, so there’s plenty to explore.

Derwent Edge

When it comes to the best Spring dog walks in Yorkshire, you’ll definitely want to head up into the hills. And Derwent Edge, some 12 miles west of Sheffield, offers some of the finest views. This escarpment has distinctive gritstone tors, and offers sweeping views over the Upper Derwent Valley. The dog-friendly walk up from the Ladybower Reservoir is a steep and challenging one, covering some 7.5 miles. But once you and your four-legged friend reach the top you can enjoy superb views over the reservoirs below.

Mam Tor

Mam Tor is a classic. This 517m hill in the High Peaks offers wrap-around views of valleys and moors. A popular circuit for dog walker and hikers is the 3-mile loop from Mam Nick car park, which leads up to the tor’s trig point. It’s a moderately-difficult route on good paths. The steep sections rewards with wonderful views.

Edale Circular Walk

A super scenic alternative to heading up into the hill is to walk the valleys and lower ground beside them, ensuring you get gorgeous views without the same levels of exertion. Which is why many find the Edale Circular one of the best dog walks in Yorkshire.

This moderately-difficult, 3.4-mile walk weaves through the Vale of Edale on low level paths and quieter roads. It’ll take roughly an hour and a half – expect plenty of classic Pennine scenery en route.

Ladybower Reservoir

You’ll find more spectacular, low-level hikes around the clutch of reservoirs in the Upper Derwent Valley. Y-shaped Ladybower Reservoir features gently-sloping, well-maintained paths and marvellous hills-meet-water views. A circuit of one dog-friendly section covers 5 miles, and is likely to take around two hours. The Fairholmes Visitor Centre is a great place to go to start and find out more.

Choosing a holiday cottage for great Spring dog walks in Yorkshire

There’s only one thing better than Spring dog walks in Yorkshire. And that’s having a fantastic holiday cottage to come back to at the end of the day. The first challenge is to find one that allows you to take your four legged friend – not an easy task as many places don’t allow pets. The second challenge is to find a holiday cottage that not only lets you take your dog, but actually loves you to take your dog. 

Why Yorkshire Premium Cottages are your best bet for dog-friendly stays

Which is where Yorkshire Premium Cottages come in. We’re big fans of all things canine and know a dog is never “just” a dog. They’re much loved family members who deserve the same care and consideration as their humans. So we’ve come up with pooch-tastic features that range from enclosed gardens and meadows to play catch in, to special dog bedrooms and showers. 

And although Yorkshire Premium Cottages are luxurious places – with features like hot tubs, games rooms and home cinema systems -– they’re very practical places too. Expect large gardens, big kitchens and efficient washing machines, so you don’t have to worry about muddy paws.   

Our five luxury, pet-friendly properties sleep between seven and 34 people. And between one and four dogs. Many are near Penistone, which is about 15 miles north west of Sheffield.