Cheltenham Racecourse is a brilliant dog walk around the vast fields and open green spaces that surround the famous racecourse. Bella loved running around here with her cousin Brucie in the summer as there are meadows to bounce through and a brook to splash in. It’s also quite a sociable walk and you will definitely meet other doggies here! If you are going on a hot day though, there isn’t much shade.
The land is private, but Cheltenham Racecourse has a history of welcoming dog walkers onto their land surrounding the course, encouraging all user groups to enjoy the space. The Racecourse is currently working towards making access to the land as friendly as possible, whilst ensuring that safety standards are met and that on-site events aren’t compromised. We spent about 2 hours here wandering around and could have easily spent longer.
You have a couple of options for parking for your walk:
1. Drive in the main entrance of Cheltenham Racecourse, there is a little hut with a barrier, stop and talk to the person on duty (part of the Jockey Club), you will get a little form to fill out for a permit which will allow you free parking and access in the future for your dog walks. The permit is short and easy to complete, so don’t let this put you off! Once in, drive on the main track, past the railway station and you will see a car park signed for dog walkers. Park near the green to get a good start to your walk.
2. Park at the edge of the Park & Ride Car Park – GL51 6SY (closest to the gravel area at the back), you can walk into one of the entrances around the racecourse from here.
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