10 of the best dog walks in Berkshire


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Exploring exciting paths and meeting new four-legged friends are two of my cocker spaniel’s favorite activities.

With sunny weather forecast for the coming weeks, we’ve put together the best dog-approved walks in Berkshire that will not only make your puppy’s tail wag, but also put a smile on your face.

Grab your dog and put on your walking shoes to explore 10 of the most beautiful dog-friendly places in the county.

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Bowdown Woods, Thatcham

With its mysterious hidden valleys, sunny glades and expanses of moorland, Bowdown Woods is a natural playground for your dog.

Completely off-road and stretching from Greenham Common to the River Kennet, this is a great place for dog walkers, but your canine friend should be kept on a leash.

Car park: Burys Bank Road, Greenham, RG19 8DA. More details here

Coffee: The nearest cafe is in Greenham Common Control Tower.

Donnington Castle and Snelsmore Common, Newbury



The spectacular Donnington Castle

This is a 3.6 km loop trail that includes the ruins of medieval 14th-century Donnington Castle, woodland and the quiet paths of Common Snelsmore.

Common houses graze cattle and ponies, so be careful with your dogs.

Car park: Donnington Castle parking, RG14 2LE, is free for English Heritage members and £ 2 for non-members. Snelsmore Common car park, Wantage Road, opposite Mary Hare School, is free.

Coffee: Yes to Snelsmore Common

Lily Hill Park, Bracknell

It is a popular and historic district for walks, with woods, formal gardens and a unique wooden sculpture.

Step back in time and enjoy the awe-inspiring views and alluring features of Lily Hill Park, experienced by Victorian ladies and gentlemen some 160 years ago.

Car park: Free parking at Lily Hill Road parking lot, RG12 2RX or Lily Hill Drive parking lot, RG12 2RX.

Coffee: Ziggy’s Outside Catering in the Lily Hill Road car park



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California Country Park, Finchampstead

This is a 40 acre park with beautiful hiking trails and plenty of wildlife viewing opportunities, plus plenty of room for your furry friend to sniff, run, and play. You can walk around the lake or head for board walks through the old bog and lowland moor. If you have children, a fantastic playground has just opened in the park.

Car park: California Country Park, Nine Mile Ride, Finchampstead, RG40 4HU. Car park fees apply.

Coffee: Yes



The lake promenade at California Country Park in Finchampstead is accessible to all
California Country Park in Finchampstead is a great place to walk your dog

Clayfield Copse, Caversham

Made up of around eight hectares of open meadows and native forests, Clayfield Copse and Blackhouse Wood lie on the northern outskirts of Reading.

It became the region’s first nature reserve in the early 1990s and is partly designated as an old growth forest, with stunning bluebells, wild pears, common orchids and wood anemones. A real doggie paradise.

Car park: Caversham Park Road, Caversham, RG4 6RT

Coffee: No

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Sulham Woods, Tilehurst and Sulham, Reading

Put on your rubber boots and start at Little Health Road or Long Lane. Or, if you fancy a longer walk, you can even go a little further and descend to Wilder’s Folly, a dovecote tower built in 1769.



You'll love walking the bluebells of Sulham Woods with your dog
You’ll love walking the bluebells of Sulham Woods with your dog

Car park: Sulham Hill, RG8 8EE

Coffee: No

Pastures Dinton, Hurst,

A popular country park with a large lake at its center, your canine friend will thank you for taking them to this scenic part of the Borough of Wokingham. The main walk around the lake takes 45 minutes to an hour.

It can get muddy in places so be sure to put on your rubber boots and maybe bring a towel to clean up your dirty puppy. There is also a dog wash in the car park, starting at £ 3.

Car park: Davis Street, Hurst, RG10 0HT. Fees apply

Coffee: Yes

Swinley Forest, Bracknell

About 20 minutes into the forest, you’ll arrive at Caesar’s Camp, an Iron Age fort covering an area of ​​17.2 acres (seven hectares) surrounded by a mile-long moat. It is the perfect place for your dog to explore and hunt.

Car park: Nine Mile Ride, Bracknell, RG12 7QW. Charges apply.

Coffee: Yes



Swinley Forest
Swinley Forest

Nature Discovery Center, Thatcham

There is a network of trails at this popular spot in Thatcham, ranging from small family walks to longer trails for the more energetic dogs, but it is advisable to keep them out of the lake. Marvel around Lake Thatcham, feed the ducks, and spot the different varieties of birds and wildlife around the site.

Car park: Muddy Lane, Lower Path, Thatcham, Berkshire, RG19 3FU

Coffee: Yes

The Ridgeway, Compton

Follow the Compton Circular road from the village in a five mile circle along rolling trails and a stretch of The Ridgeway in the North Wessex Downs area of ​​outstanding natural beauty. Be sure to keep your dog on a leash if you see horses.

Car park: In the village

Coffee: The Foinavon restaurant and bar in the village is the closest option for a pit stop

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