Dog-friendly walks in Wales

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Posted by Ed Roberts on 28th March 2022

Dog-friendly walks in Wales

Wales is famed for its hiking trails and its picturesque walks. Who better to accompany you on your ambitious holiday outings than your dog? 

A walking holiday has to be the ultimate holiday treat for any fit and active dog – the plus points are endless. They get to hang out with you, they can follow scents and see sights anew, and on top of all of that, it all counts as healthy exercise. Keep in step with the rambler’s code to ensure you and your dog stay out of trouble and can fall in love with the Welsh mountains, valleys and the coast on your wonderful walking holiday.

We have compiled a list of our favourite dog-friendly walks in Wales to inspire your dog-friendly break. Stay at one of our self-catering dog-friendly holiday cottages in Wales so that you can enjoy more than one of these trails during your staycation. Click the button below to browse our collection. 

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The Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path, Anglesey

The Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path, Anglesey

During your dog-friendly holiday in Anglesey, why not try an attempt to tackle the epic 130-mile-long Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path? With open sea or the Menai Strait to one side and an array of varied habitats like woodlands, heathlands, sand dunes, and salt marshes on your other, there is a lot for you and your four-legged companion to see. It is possible to complete the whole trail in nine to 16 days! Are you and your pup up for the challenge?

  • Good to know: Highlights include views of South Stack Lighthouse, Menai Suspension Bridge, Holyhead Mountain, and Penmon Point.
  • Distance: 130 miles
  • Difficulty: Varied
  • Stay nearby: Paws Retreat | sleeps 2 guests + 3 dogs

Mount Snowdon, Snowdonia

Mount Snowdon, Snowdonia

We unabashedly recommend the daddy and mummy of all Welsh walks, Mount Snowdon in Snowdonia. It’s too good to miss out on, and your dog will have great fun being the highest canine in the whole of Wales for a few minutes! There are multiple popular trails to the summit of the mountain, each with their own challenges, yet some are milder than others. The views are unrivalled; you and your dog will be impressed, we’ve no doubt. For more cool dog-friendly walks in Snowdonia, visit our dedicated blog.

  • Good to know: Dogs are not permitted onboard the Snowdon Mountain Railway (support dogs only).
  • Distance: Between 7 and 10 miles depending on the path. Find out which path is most suitable for you and your dog. 
  • Difficulty: Strenuous
  • Stay nearby:Medieval Farmhouse | sleeps 9 guests + 2 dogs

Great Orme, Conwy

Great Orme, Conwy 

If you find yourself anywhere near Llandudno in Conwy on your holidays, then a day out on the gentle walking trails around the famous Great Orme should be on your list of things to do in North Wales with your dog. Great Orme has three paths called The Summit Trails up to the top of its landmass from where you can see Anglesey, the Carneddau Range, the Menai Strait, and Liverpool Bay. The longest of the three, the Happy Valley Trail, is a manageable 1.5 miles. This is a great choice for those of you with older dogs and puppies.


Talacre Beach, Flintshire

Talacre Beach, Flintshire

Talacre is a very picturesque sandy beach lined with pristine sand dunes and a spooky-looking lighthouse. Being a dog-friendly beach, this is a great off-lead location for your pet to tear around and have a nice play. Close to Prestatyn for places to eat and drink, this lesser-known North Wales treat is a dog-friendly joy.

  • Good to know: The tide rolls out 0.5 miles so be mindful of quicksand when venturing far out.
  • Distance: 2 miles
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Stay nearby: Old Lixwm Cottage | sleeps 4 guests + 1 dog 

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Mawdacch Trail (Railway Walk), Ceredigion

Mawdacch Trail (Railway Walk), Ceredigion

If your dog-friendly staycation has brought you to Barmouth and Fairbourne then you absolutely must embark on the Railway Walk section of the Mawdacch Trail. Making up a small section of a whole myriad of trails that centre around the Mawdacch Estuary, this walk follows the course of the river and runs via some picturesque bridges too. It’s very dramatic with woodlands and riverside vistas aplenty for you and your dog.

  • Good to know: This trail is sealed and level for the whole of its length.
  • Distance: 9.5 miles
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Stay nearby: Ty Coch Arthog | sleeps 3 guests + 1 dog  

Dylan Thomas’ Birthday Walk, Laugharne, Carmarthenshire

If you are celebrating your dog’s birthday in Wales, then take them along the famous Welsh poet’s trail in Laugharne. Inspired by his ‘Poem in October’ devoted to his annual amble, this short walk will delight your dog and fans of Thomas’. It’s full of wild scents and fantastic views of Laugharne Castle, the estuary and the rolling green countryside. Treat yourself to a pint at Brown’s in the village afterwards.

  • Good to know: Your dog can join you in the bar at Dylan Thomas’ old haunt, Brown’s Hotel.
  • Distance: 2 miles (linear)
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Stay nearby: The Waterfront Pendine | sleeps 5 guests + 1 dog  

Wooltack Point, Pembrokeshire

One of the best dog walks in South Wales is to Wooltack Point on the Marloes Peninsula. With views out to Skomer Island, which is one of the best places in the British Isles to see puffins, you can reach the headland by following the Pembrokeshire Coast Path. It can be reached via the Marloes Peninsula circular walk that is especially lovely in the late summer for the heather blooms. Take your binoculars to see the seabirds. For even more walks in Pembrokeshire, visit our cool guide.

  • Good to know: Between May and July is best to see puffins, guillemots, and razorbacks.
  • Distance: 6.5 miles
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Stay nearby: The Granary Roadside Farm | sleeps 4 guests + 1 dog

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Wye Valley (Chepstow Castle to Monmouth), Monmouthshire

This walk through the Wye Valley is for trekkers of both the human and canine variety. Spanning 17 miles, this takes in woodlands, a section of Offa’s Dyke, and historic sites like the iconic South Wales ruins of Tintern Abbey and Chepstow Castle. It’s a linear walk but it is possible to travel between the two end points on public transport. 

  • Good to know: Dogs are welcome at both Tintern Abbey and Chepstow Castle. 
  • Distance: 17 miles
  • Difficulty: Strenuous to moderate
  • Stay nearby: The Coach House at Wirewoods Green | sleeps 4 guests + 2 dogs

The Pen Y Fan and Corn Du circular, Brecon Beacons

The Pen Y Fan and Corn Du circular, Brecon Beacons

Stand proud at the dual peaks of the two highest points in the Brecon Beacons National Park with your hound! At 886 metres above sea level, Pen Y Fan is just 13 metres higher than its neighbour Corn Du. This circular trail to Pen y Fan and Corn Du is fairly strenuous, so we’re recommending it for fit and active dogs! There are so many walks to try out in the Brecon Beacons; read our blog to discover more.

  • Good to know: The views are awesome, on a clear day seek out the Cambrian Mountains, the Bristol Channel, and the Gower Peninsula.
  • Distance: 4 miles
  • Difficulty: Strenuous
  • Stay nearby: Alexanderstone Cottage | sleeps 4 guests + 1 dog

Arthur’s Stone, The Gower Peninsula

Arthur’s Stone, The Gower Peninsula

Located centrally in the Gower Peninsula is the fabled Arthur’s Stone; it dates back to 2,500BC, and it is said to move around, especially at dawn. High up on the summit of Cefn Bryn, this moorland walk is a rewarding inland walk for you and your four-legged charmer. Take in views of the dual northern and southern coastlines of the Gower and keep an eye out for wildlife. Depending on what time of year you plan to visit, please be mindful of grazing livestock and ground-nesting birds, so put your dog on a long lead so they can still enjoy following scents. 

  • Good to know: Parking is scarce in the Arthur’s Stone so arrive early during peak periods.
  • Distance: 3 miles (linear)
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Stay nearby: Kingsland Cottage | sleeps 4 guests + 2 dogs

Stay at a dog-friendly cottage in Wales

Our dog-friendly cottages in Wales welcome your four-legged friends like royalty. To be considered dog-friendly, they have to include some handy features to make your holiday as a dog-owner easier; they may have dog baskets and blankets, enclosed gardens, outdoor taps, dog-friendly parks, and beaches close by, or the always-welcome arrival pack full of chews and toys. All of the dog-friendly properties in this blog are within a few miles of walks mentioned and more trails like the Snowdonia Way and the Wales Coastal Path

From sea view apartments to large dog-friendly barn conversions, we have the best in pet-friendly accommodation all across Wales for you to discover. Click the button below to browse our dog-friendly cottages in Wales collection.

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Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.