This autumn at DuoBoots, we’re celebrating the launch of our new, water-resistant country boots. So we thought this was the perfect time to get out and explore the countryside surrounding our beautiful Bath home and what better way than to take a furry friend with us?
Whether you’re new to the City of Bath, just visiting or simply looking for a little dog walking inspiration, we’ve checked with the pup-lovers among our staff to round up some of the best dog walks around Bath and the surrounding area.
Why not slip on some boots and join us?
Dog walks with pubs: Two Valleys Walk
The perfect choice if you’re looking for a relaxed afternoon dog walk, the circular Two Valleys Walk includes not just one but two dog-friendly pubs. At 3.5 miles it is just the right length to take at a leisurely pace, enjoy The Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Beauty and make the most of these watering holes.
Starting at The Inn at Freshford, follow this detailed trail guide and you’ll have no problem finding your way. With plenty of points of interest en route, you’ll spot the National Trust Grade I listed Iford Manor, walk along the banks of the River Frome and the River Avon and marvel at the engineering feat that is the Avoncliff Aqueduct, built over 100m long to carry the Kennett and Avon Canal over the River Avon. Better still, you can take a break from the dog walking to study the structure from the comfort of the Cross Guns’ beautiful riverside garden.
When you’re rested and ready, simply head back to the start via the River Avon footpath.
Dog walks with a view: Bath Skyline
If you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle, the National Trust’s Bath Skyline trail offers just that, as a great way to enjoy panoramic views of the city. Just outside the centre, you’ll find this circular six-mile route which begins and ends at Bathwick Hill. But have no fear, you don’t have to complete the whole thing, the beauty of this one is that you can dip in and out depending on what you (and your four-legged friend) fancy.
Visit Sham Castle, the Grade II listed folly at Claverton Down, explore a few fox holes in Bathampton Woods or go slightly off piste with a detour to Prior Park - designed in the 18th Century by the poet Alexander Pope and the landscape gardener Capability Brown. This is a walk of great variety and, particularly if you’re new to the area, is a great way to see what this beautiful city and the surrounding area have to offer.
Dog walks in the city: Royal Victoria Park
If you don’t want to stray far from the city centre there’s always Victoria Park. With 57 acres of wonderful green parkland to explore there will be plenty for you and your furry friend to enjoy. Overlooked by the Royal Crescent, Victoria Park features duck ponds, flower gardens, wild meadows and even an aerial walkway, allowing you to roam free despite being in the city centre.
Be sure to look out for events, festivals and more taking place in the park throughout the year. From Tom Kerridge’s Pub in the Park, to Bath Music Festival, to vintage fun fairs and even the circus, Royal Victoria Park plays host to them all. Pups on leads are usually welcome, so time it right and you’ll secure a long walk for your dog and some entertainment for yourself too.
Just be aware that dogs are banned from children’s play areas throughout all of Bath’s parks.
Longer dog walks: The Cotswold Way
The Cotswold Way might be 102 miles in length, but did you know it starts right next to Bath Abbey in the very centre of the city? There’s a carved stone disc set into the pavement just outside the west doors. The official end is in Chipping Camden in Gloucestershire, but with an estimated walking time of seven to 10 days, walking the entire route is some undertaking. Instead, why not just tackle the first section of the 10.2 mile route to Cold Ashton.
On the walk, you’ll wind your way through the city’s historic buildings and eventually through Victoria Park before exiting the city at Weston and continuing through beautiful countryside. There’s plenty of interest on the route – you’ll pass Bath Racecourse, a Bronze Age hill fort at Little Down and even the site of a bloody civil war battle at Lansdown. Explore as much or as little as you like before returning to the city for a bite to eat in one of Bath’s many dog-friendly pubs.
Looking for outdoor boots that will carry you seamlessly from the city strut to the countryside stroll? Step inside our flagship DuoBoots store located on Milsom Street in the centre of Bath. You’ll find country-style boots that are durable and hard-working enough for dog walking, but every bit chic enough for spending time out and about on the city streets too.
Try stunning Oakford in stunning brown nubuck, our water-resistant knee high with a heavy tread sole. Or Bramley, our water-resistant outdoor ankle boot. All knee high boots in our collection offer a choice of calf sizes from 30-50cm while most ankle boots are available in standard or wide fit.