We get it – London is generally not thought to be one of the most exciting places to have a relaxing walk with your dog. You may have all these scenarios of your overly excited pup jumping on people on one of the busy high streets making them spill their Costa all over their three-piece suit making you curse the day you decided to become an urban dog owner. We’ve all been there.
There are, however, plenty of lovely places to go with your dog all around the capital. And by that we don’t mean the obvious – the Royal Parks. There are tons of other interesting places to go with your dog in London!
Maybe give the bit near Camden Town a miss, as it is normally crowded with people especially on the rare occasion the sun is out. However, the Islington canals offer a much more peaceful urban environment. You can walk for miles, and it’s as pretty as an urban landscape can get, and normally also fairly quiet considering how close to the city some of the canals are. The Islington Canal is less than half a mile from Angel Tube Station and Upper Street. The canals reach all over the capital, so you are not limited by options! A stroll around Little Venice close to Regent’s Park is also worth doing.
This goes without saying. It is the biggest open space in London reaching all the way from Hampstead Heath to Highgate. On a weekend day Hampstead Heath is full of people letting their dogs run around and play with other lucky pups. Hampstead Heath is worth travelling to from other parts of London too, and if you don’t fancy taking your dog on the tube, the Overground runs to the Heath from most parts of London.
The quieter and smoother Overground trains are more likely to be a pleasant way of transport for your dog, and it’s definitely worth the travel for a day out in Hampstead Heath! Dogs also love jumping into the ponds around the park. In the muddy winter conditions, much to their owner’s despair.
Morden Hall Park
Right at the end of the Northern Line, a 5 minute walk from Morden Station, there is 120 acres of park land where you can walk your dog. Morden Hall Park is a part of the National Trust, and whilst they are happy for you to let him run around the beautiful park off the lead, they ask you to keep your dog on the lead when you are close to some of the main buildings.
The Olympic Park
East London locals are familiar with this one – you can enjoy a walk around the parklands in the constantly developing urban environment, but you should to keep your dog on the lead whilst in the Olympic Park.
Primrose Hill Park
Primrose Hill in North West London offers impeccable views over the city of London, and the well-maintained park is also a pleasant place for dog walkers.
Wherever you take your dog, remember to pick up after your him and keep him on a lead where necessary! For more local walks and parks, just look for any bit of green space near you on the maps. Wherever you decide to go, as far as he is concerned, you two are off for an amazing adventure.