Countryside rambles are often quieter than woodlands and parks, and can be a great way to stretch your legs with your dog, whilst exploring somewhere a little different. From walking under forgotten railway viaducts, to lush green riverside walks, to architecturally impressive aqueducts, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
These walks are on public footpaths, however, when walking through farmers fields, please make sure you keep your dog under close control or on short leads so they do not worry livestock. We have tried to mark on maps where livestock might be, but this will change according to the time of year you visit. Also, please clean up after your dog.
An easy, circular country wander through Pensford, walking under the magnificent viaduct, entering Culvery Wood, and on through to fields that border the River Chew, before walking across the picturesque weir. Finish your walk by stopping at The Rising Sun, a cosy and traditional pub with a roaring fire and brilliant beer garden.
Barton Farm Country Park
Dundas Aqueduct Circular
Starting at the spectacular Dundas Aqueduct, near Bath, this circular route will take you along the canal, over the adequate, before veering off to walk through fields and woodland, and back along the banks of the River Avon. Stop at the Angelfish cafe for some lunch and doggy ice cream by the canal.
Hawkesbury Upton Circular
Chew Magna Circular
A great all-rounder that can be catered to your preferences. Walk through fields whilst dogs cool themselves off in the River Chew, stop for fish and chips at Salt & Malt next to Chew Valley Lake and visit the lake’s nature reserve before heading back. Or complete a circular walk by walking up Knowle Hill and finish off at The Pelican for a pub lunch.
Congresbury to Wrington
Hinton Blewett Circular
One of the most popular walks in Bath, where you can walk along the crown of the Bathampton and Claverton hills, taking in splendid views for miles across the historic city. The terrain is mixed, walking through small woodlands, fields and a golf course. You can even extend your walk to visit National Trust Prior Park Landscape Gardens.
Frampton Cotterell & Centenary Field
Weacombe & Bicknoller Combe, Quantock Hills
Symonds Yat River Wye Circular
An exciting walk from England, across the border to Wales! Starting along River Wye, next to dog friendly pub, Ye Old Ferry Inn, wander along the river until you get to the amazing rope bridge that takes you over to Wales. It’s important to note that this walk is only circular if the hand-pulled ferries are working (owned by the pubs), and unfortunately, the flooding in early 2020 badly damaged the ferries. To double-check, contact the Ye Old Ferry Inn or The Saracens Head.
Frampton Cotterell to Winterbourne Down
A linear walk along the Frome Valley Walkway starting at Frampton Cotterell and finishing at the historic and intriguing Huckford Quarry Nature Reserve. Mostly walking through green fields, we did not encounter any livestock and the walk was very peaceful, although it can be muddy!
A 5.5 km circular walk in the countryside, starting in a village called Hill in South Gloucestershire. A well-marked walk and easy to follow as it is part of the Forgotten Landscape routes. We enjoyed this walk, although it’s worth noting that there are cows on the route, often moved around the fields you will have to walk through.
Bath Lansdown Circular
Cheddar Gorge Circular
Somerset Monument Circular
A countryside circular 3.2 mile walk, just outside Hawkesbury Upton, along the Cotswold Way and back along the Monarchs Way, going around the Somerset Monument. Sadly, you can not get up to the Somerset Monument, as it is on private land, but you can walk past it.
Other posts you might be interested in
Top 5 countryside walks in Bristol & Somerset
Sophie Hunter, owner of Jurassic Bark Dog Walking, who recently moved to Bristol, shares her…
Dog friendly Cheddar Gorge
Cheddar is very dog friendly and a lovely day out, with plenty of walks, dog…