Dog Friendly Summer Walks
Published: Thursday 18th May 2017
Written by: Sian Lewis
We may be biased, but we truly think that Suffolk is one of the best counties for dogs – long stretches of beach, open heathland, forests… the possibilities are endless! If you do decide to holiday in the county, you will truly be spoilt for choice in deciding where to take your furry friend.
However, it can be trickier in the Summer months to know where to take your dog, as many places (beaches in particular) are not dog-friendly at this time of year. We’ve taken the hassle out of your search and have compiled a list of the best places in Suffolk to take your dog for walkies in Summer time, without compromising on both scenery and fun!
Dog-friendly year round, Dunwich’s beach is a truly fantastic dog-friendly location that owners will also appreciate for its stunning scenery. Declared an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) by the National Trust, this location is certainly not to be missed by dogs and their owners this summer. Make sure to pack the walking boots – the beach is a very wide and filled with shingle pebble, fantastic for brisk walks but strenuous on the soles if the correct footwear is not worn!
To cool off, we recommend that you pay a visit to dog-friendly The Ship – indulge in a pint (or two) of Adnams real ale, and relax in the enormous garden, dotted with fruit trees. Heavenly.
(Please note that Dunwich is also home to RSPB Minsmere, with restrictions on the heath running parallel during nesting season. Make sure that Fido sticks to the beach! You can find out more about the nesting season here.)
Situated on the mouth of the River Blyth, Walberswick is a picture-perfect coastal village, unspoiled by the tourism and crowds that so often fill British seaside towns come summertime. Home to many British celebrities and the host of the yearly Crabbing Championship in August, the beach is also completely dog friendly with no pet restrictions in place for the entire year. The areas surrounding Walberwick, from the National Nature Reserve on the Blyth Estuary to the marshes of Westwood, offer some stunning sights not to be missed.
Walberswick’s The Anchor is the perfect place to reward yourself after a long walk - an Adnams’ pub with fantastic food and drink and a large garden perfect for some summer sunshine (weather permitting!).
Secluded and dog-friendly year round, Covehithe is perfect for both dogs and their owners; wild and quiet, this exquisite expanse of soft sandy beach is serene and unspoilt. One of Suffolk’s best kept secrets, the path can only be accessed by foot or by bike, so make sure to pack comfortable shoes. To get to the sea, follow the well signposted footpath near to the church, but make sure to keep your dog on the lead until you get to the beach – the surrounding area is home to quite a few pigs, who can get protective of their young.
Round off your secluded walk with a trip to The Five Bells in Wrentham. Although the pub is not in Covehithe itself (the population of the village now stands at a mere 20), the pub is only a 4-minute drive away.
Another secluded spot, over the years Shingle Street has been the subject of much gossip and scandal. During World War II, the civilian population was evacuated due to rumours of a German invasion and despite this turning out to be false, the location has remained desolate and calm ever since. An ideal location for anyone who’s in need of a bit of quiet and contemplation – and the best part is that the dog is free to roam the entire beach.
Due to the sheer seclusion of Shingle Street, the nearest pub is The Alderton Swan which is a 12 minute drive away. We would however recommend making a visit – the local produce and lovely setting make for a fantastic gastropub dining experience.
There are few locations in Suffolk that are as iconic as Pin Mill; situated on the banks of the River Orwell, the location’s enduring appeal can partly be attributed to its inclusion in the ‘Swallows and Amazons’ series of children’s books. Despite its enduring popularity, Pin Mill’s charm and beauty have remained consistent throughout the years, making it a fantastic place to take the dog.
The Butt and Oyster is one of the best pubs in Suffolk, renowned for good beer, good food and fantastic views - a great start or finishing point for a beautiful dog walk. And with the boatyard just across the harbour green, you can watch the boats bobbing past whilst enjoying a well-earned pint.