Keeping your dog exercised is important, but what’s more important? Variety. Not only for your dog but you as well, fortunately in South Wales there are a lot of incredible places that you and your beloved pooch will enjoy long walks any time of the year. So without any further hesitation here’s our favourite places in South Wales to go dog walking in South Wales.
Gower Peninsula, Swansea
Gower Peninsula, situated west of Swansea was the first area in the United Kingdom to be designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, currently roughly 70 square miles (180km) in area. Gower has some of the most breathtaking coastlines in the UK, cliffs and incredible sandy beaches. This makes Gower incredibly popular with walkers and outdoor activities enthusiasts, which in turn makes Gower one of the most perfect places for Dog Walking.
However, the more popular beaches have restrictions for dogs during the summer months (1st May – 30th September). This doesn’t cover the coastal path of the inner Gower Common Land which is equally breathtaking.
The roads in Gower are small and quite easily become congested during the summer months so if you do go, head out early to beat the traffic.
If you want to make your stay a little longer on the Gower Peninsula, there are lots of dog friendly B+B’s and cottages to rent.
St Fagans, Cardiff
Not only is St Fagans a great day out, entry is free and dogs are allowed too providing they are kept on a lead! Access is very easy by car with a direct link from the A4232 straight into the Pay and display car park.
St Fagans is set within 45 acres of land (Previously known as the Plymouth Great Woods) which is mainly unspoilt which makes this location perfect for Dog walkers and ramblers alike.
St Fagans is an open air museum of Wales. With many re-erected buildings brought from various locations throughout Wales chronicling life throughout the ages.
Dyffryn Gardens, Vale of Glamorgan
Dyffryn Gardens is situated near St Nicholas in the Vale of Glamorgan, Wales. Dyffryn Gardens is a great place for Dog Walking boasting over 55 aces of formal and informal Gardens in an Edwardian estate.
Aberdulais Falls, Neath
Aberdualais Falls and Tin works is found in the Dulais Valley of South Wales, it’s easy to get to on the A465 which directly links to the M4. Aberdualais falls features features gorges, waterfalls, an old Tin works and it’s home to Europe’s Largest electricity generating waterwheel.
Barry Sidings, Rhondda Cynon Taf
Barry Sidings Country park can be found 5 minutes from Pontypridd, access is easy with a large on site car park. There’s a formal park at the bottom of the valley with ponds and a childrens play area. Just off the park you can walk throughout the forestry area on paths pictured above.
Cosmeston Lakes Country Park, Vale of Glamorgan
Cosmeston lakes country park can be found between Penarth and Barry. Cosmeston lakes covers over 100 hectares of land and water, some of which has been designated as a site of special scientific interest, homing rare and diverse plant and animal species.
You can walk around the lake on well kept paths, or venture out into the vast fields beyond the lake.
Bute Park, Cardiff
Bute park is situated in the Heart of Cardiff, with 130 aces of landscaped gardens and parkland. The park once formed the grounds of Cardiff Castle. Bute park has many trails in which you can wander for hours with your dog, Bute Park is perfect for Dog Walking if you don’t want to venture too far out of the city.
Wales Coast Path
Wales coast path is a long distance foot path which follows the majority of the coastline of Wales. The coast path offers 870 miles of picturesque walking from Chepstow in the south to Queensferry in the north.
The Wales Coast Path is perfect for Dog walking for it’s sheer size and no matter where you decide to join onto the path you’ll discover something new. From beautiful scenery to World war 2 instalments. The Wales Coast path is the perfect place for hours of exploring.