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Top 10 Best Dog Walks in Poole

Finding new places to walk your four-legged friend is always exciting (not just for the dog, but for you too!) so why not venture out along a path you’ve never walked before? There are some real hidden gems here in Poole, allow us to take you on a trail of our own to find your next dog walk.

If you're looking for an exceptional travel destination that combines luxury and adventure, we highly recommend a visit to the Knoll House Hotel. This charming hotel is located right by the stunning Studland Beach and the South West Coast path, making it the perfect spot for avid walkers and nature enthusiasts alike. 

Keep reading to find out our favourite dog walking spots here in Poole!

 

Lulworth

Lulworth Cove

South West Coastal Path

About: Here at Total Poole, we love the South West Coast Path for any type of walk, strenuous or leisurely. Our favourite walk is the Lulworth Cove and Fossil Forest walk, which is a moderate dog-friendly stroll across the pebbly beach and through the fossilised forest. Dogs can roam off the lead on the majority of this walk, so it’s certainly a great walk to tire them out!

Distance: 2.2 miles

TGt Rating: 5/5
 

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Branksome

Branksome Park Woods Poole

Branksome Park Wood

About: Branksome Park Wood is a beautiful, secluded woodland that stretches all the way from Branksome down to the coastline, where you can join Pinecliff Gardens where there are glorious views across Dorset’s stunning coastline. Dogs are able to explore this woodland freely, and perhaps have a dip in the sea at the other end if they fancy it!

Distance: 2.2 miles (approx)

TGt Rating: 4/5
 

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Poole

Corfe Castle Poole

Corfe Castle

About: Corfe Castle is iconic here in Poole – and the country – as one of Britain’s most iconic survivors of the English Civil War. It is a National Trust site; however, it is dog friendly and there’s plenty of scenery for you and your furry friend to explore. Please note there is an admission fee and dogs must be kept on leads.

Distance: 1.5 miles (or further if desired)

TGt Rating: 4/5

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Creekmoor Ponds Poole

Creekmoor Ponds

About: Creekmoor Ponds is a 14-acre site with two major ponds, which are home to common woodland, waterfowl and dragonfly species. Dog walks here are extremely peaceful, as the lakes are situated a good few miles out of the town centre, and it gives your dog the freedom to explore and even enjoy a swim in the lakes on a hot day and roam the woodlands they fancy it! Please note that dogs must be kept on leads during bird breeding.

Distance: Approx 1.5 miles

TGt Rating: 4/5

 

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Upton Country Park Poole

Upton Country Park

About: Upton Country Park is a popular country park with a whopping 160 acres of land to explore. As the park is so big, and there are certain areas dogs are not allowed, Upton Country Park have a car park specifically for dog walkers, so that people can exercise their dogs easily. There's plenty of parkland, meadowland and woodlands to explore at Upton - so it's definitely worth the visit to burn off some of your pooches' energy!

Distance: The choice is yours - please just ensure you follow the 'paw code' (and not go in areas dogs aren't allowed).

TGt Rating: 5/5 

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Hamworthy

Ham Common

Ham Common

About: Ham Common is the perfect location to walk your dog if you're looking for a quiet and peaceful stroll alongside the beautiful Dorset coast. Ham Common offers plenty of land, lakes and woodland for your pup to explore on the very edge of Poole's impressive harbour, so the views are truly stunning! As this is a nature reserve, please kindly keep dogs on a lead during bird breeding season.

Distance: Approx 1.7 mile round walk

TGt Rating: 4/5

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Purbeck Hills

Purbeck Ridge Poole

Purbeck Ridge

About: Now although Purbeck Ridge coincides with the South West Coastal Path, we had to include an extra special mention for Purbeck Ridge, because it is absolutely stunning. This hilly coastal walk offers the most incredible views across the Jurassic Coastline and the English Channel. Dogs are free to explore the grassland, but please do ensure they are kept on leads around livestock. 

Distance: The Corfe Castle to the coast walk along the Purbeck Ridge is approximately 8 miles, although much shorter walks can be taken. Find out more here.

TGt Rating: 5/5

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Poole

Poole Cockle Trail

Poole Cockle Trail

About: Cockle Trail is a self-guided historic trail which highlights Poole’s most exciting tales from the past, including smugglers and ghosts from the Old Town area of Poole! You begin on the site of the old Fish Shambles and follow the markers, which embark you and your pooch on an easy 1.5-mile stroll. 

Distance: 1.5 miles

TGt Rating: 4/5
 

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Sandbanks

Sandbanks Beach Dorset

Sandbanks Beach

About: If your pup is a real water dog, then they are in for a treat at Sandbanks Beach! The main beach is dog friendly from 1st October to 30th April, however, there is a designated dog walking area at the western end of Sandbanks Beach to Haven Point. What dog doesn't love a roll in the sand and a paddle in the sea?! 

Make the most of the beautiful area and refuel at Lazy Jacks, just a few minutes from Sandbanks Beach with views across the harbour. Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, smoothies and snacks, it's a perfect pit stop no matter the time of day. 

Distance: Up to 7 miles - as this is how long the beach is!

TGt Rating: 4/5

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Poole

Poole Park

Poole Park

About: Poole Park is one of Poole's most popular dog walking spots, mostly due to its town-centre location and designated off-lead areas where your pup is free to roam as far and wide as they like. As well as a lake, there is also a large amount of woodland and parkland for dogs to explore, away from the busier parts of the park. 

Distance: Approx 1 mile around the circumference of the park

TGt Rating: 4/5

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Wimborne

Top Tip

Top Tip

If you're taking your dog for a walk and want to take a break, we'd suggest visiting the Little Pickle on The Mill in Wimborne, Dorset. 

They're a delightfully pretty cafe by the river situated on the grounds of Walford Mill Arts and Crafts Centre in Wimborne.

The menu is full of homemade and locally sourced goods to tempt you including Ms Bakery pastries, light lunches, salads, freshly made sandwiches, delicious pork and vegan sausage rolls, and afternoon tea.  

They also have treats galore for your four-legged friends: puppycinos, doggie ice cream, cheesey treats, they will be spoilt for choice!

Check out The Little Pickle at The Mill HERE!

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