If you’re one of our social media followers then it’s likely you’ve seen our gorgeous dog Bella feature in some of our posts (the picture above shows Bella with Ross (our Favoured Drone) walking the Cotswold Way). We love exploring the great outdoors with Bella and we’re lucky to have so many beautiful dog walks in Oxfordshire. Here’s some of our personal faves; they’re all brimming with wildlife so see what you can spot!
- Shotover Park, Oxford. There are two circular walks you can take here – one has stiles, one doesn’t, so it’ll depend on how agile your dog is, or how easily you can lift them over! The shorter route has three colour-coded walking trails which take you around Shotover Country Park and Estate. The longer route passes through countryside and the picturesque village of Stanton St John.
- Port Meadow, Oxford. Port Meadow is a perfect dog walking area close to the city centre but with beautiful views and riverside. The whole meadow is open to dog walkers so you can take whatever route you like, just keep dogs under close control as there’s often cattle and the meadow ponies grazing.
- Stoke Wood, nr Bicester. Owned by the Woodland Trust, these woods are bursting with different wildlife. There are some pathed routes and you can let your dog off the lead in most places.
- Wychwood Forest, Charlbury. If you’re looking for a longer stretch of the legs then head to the Wychwood Forest. Its circular nine-mile walk starts in Charlbury, passing through plenty of woodland and the occasional hamlet – plenty of opportunity for good dog walks in Oxfordshire
- Blenheim Palace, Woodstock. With Blenheim right on our doorstep we couldn’t leave this one out. With wonderful grounds full of public rights of way (meaning you can get in free using the side gate near the Black Prince pub in Old Woodstock!) there are plenty of paths you can take for a stroll. Just keep your dog on a lead and note if you head into the closer part of the palace then you’ll need a day ticket. But there’s several routes you can walk further away for free.
- The Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust also manage an array of beautiful nature reserves where you can walk – check out their website https://www.bbowt.org.uk/explore as well as dog walks in Oxfordshire, they also have ideas for Wild Walks and Family Days out
- Pinsley Woods (AKA Bluebell Woods) in Church Hanborough is beautiful at any time of year, but when the bluebells come out in the Spring it really comes into its own.
…and if you want to treat your dog to some soothing dog paw balm when you get back, we have just the thing! Our range of award winning lip balms , hand salves and dog balms contain only natural ingredients and we donate 5p per product sold to BBOWT (Berks, Buck, Oxon Wildlife Trust)
UPDATE- we’ve recently published another blog to share more of our fave walks here if you’d like a look!