7 Dog-Friendly Walks in North Wales

We love to welcome your dogs at our caravan parks in North Wales, as this area is very dog-friendly. There are a number of places including forests, lakes and historical sites where you can let your dog off the lead and let them play about on their own. North Wales is a great location for a family holiday with your dog and if you are looking at our holiday homes for sale, Ruthin is the place to go. It’s central North Wales position is ideal for heading out and exploring the region with many of the top attractions just a short drive away, as are many of the dog walks listed below.

dog on a walk in Wales

Coed y Gopa, Abergele

The forest which overlooks the town of Abergele has plenty of land for dogs to roam off theirleads. This place is ideal for long walks on a sunny afternoon, and you are able to admire views of the coast nearby from the path which circles the forest.

Tow Path, Llangollen

Also known as the Llangollen Canal, this is a popular walking route, especially on a warm, sunny day. Around three quarters of a mile each way, the tow path is ideal for off the lead walking, as it is a concrete path the whole way along. Just be wary of any cyclists and other walkers!

Llyn Elsi, Betws-y-Coed

The lake surrounded by a coniferous woodland can be found in Betws-y-Coed and is a longer walk, approximately four miles from the village to the lake. Dogs will need to be kept on a lead until they reach the lake and then they run around to their hearts content. The peaceful views seen at Llyn Elsi are breath taking too, so be sure to bring a camera along for a few snaps!

Llyn Padarn, Llanberis

At Llanberis, there are designated off-lead areas for dog walkers around the lake, but some areas a lead is required for safety. This area has views that could rival those seen from Snowdon, and the circular walking route around the lake takes in several interesting features relating to the history of slate quarrying which was once in this area.

Gwydyr Forest, Betws-y-Coed

Situated right in Snowdonia, this delightful forest walk is perfect for letting your dog off the lead so they can explore the woodland. There are lots of tracks and walking routes through the forest, some established as old miner’s paths, and is home to a wide range of birdlife and wildlife. Your dog is sure to love chasing the squirrels around the trees!

Valle Crucis Abbey, Llangollen

In the valley of Llangollen is the ruined Valle Crucis Abbey. On a sunny, wintery day, this historical site is one everyone can admire while you walk your dog through the surrounding valley. The Abbey is 800 years old and still in excellent condition and provides some interesting history while you are out on your dog walk!

Nant Mill Wood, Wrexham

The varied terrain at Nant Mill Wood, consisting of woodland, grassland and streams means it is very popular for dog walking all year round, especially in spring when the bluebells are out. There are two public footpaths which criss-cross the whole 98 acres of woodland which can be used. Be sure to look up to the tree tops to see what’s hiding up there!