Cheshire’s rural villages and rolling hills are a world away from their industrialised neighbours
From woodland to waterways, plains to the Pennines, Cheshire features numerous expanses of land to suit all happy hounds – and their owners. The north-west county has close links to the metropolitan cities of Manchester and Liverpool just outside the borders, but that doesn’t stop it having an abundance of rural countryside and picturesque towns and villages to explore.
There are so many fantastic walks for you and your pet pooch to embark on together; the tranquil Delamere Forest features many marked-out trails, and looks stunning when the leaves turn to golden hues in the autumn months, whilst the Dutton Locks have pathed tracks along the water and through fields, with many picture-perfect spots to take a moment and appreciate the glorious surroundings. Your canine companion will love the freedom of the Sandstone Trail, which meanders through woodland and moors offering awe-inspiring views, or perhaps on a warmer day Owley Wood is a good choice, as it is much more shaded by the thick canopy of diverse tree types found there. The Pennines also occupy a south-west section of the county, affording magnificent views that will reward you and your pooch well after a hard day’s hike.
Though larger cities are accessible just across the border of Cheshire, it still has its own very own capital in the form of the walled city of Chester. The Roman and Tudor architecture holds interest for culture and history buffs, whilst the abundance of shops and eateries mean you won’t be short of options. The shopping outlet village of Cheshire Oaks is also located nearby, perfect for a spot of retail therapy. Towns like Knutsford, Nantwich and Macclesfield are also situated in the county.
With so much to discover and plenty of walking routes to explore, you and your furry friend are sure to have a memorable break in Cheshire. Take a look at our range of dog-friendly cottages – there’ll be happy wagging tails aplenty in no time.