5 Great Places to Walk Your Dog: Berkshire
Another Friday, and another look at places to take your best friend on new adventures. Last week, Philomena London looked at five great places in Hampshire to walk your dog, and this week we’re moving on to the wonderful county of Berkshire. Whether you live in the county or you’re just looking for a new place to walk, this guide should have something for you. Without further ado, here are 5 great places to walk your dog in Berkshire.
Formerly an RAF base just outside of Newbury, Greenham Common has become a very popular place for people to walk their dogs as well as to explore the now abandoned RAF buildings. For the modern history buff, this is a great place to look at for buildings relating to both WWII and the Cold War. The landscape is made up of vast, green grasses, and a little river that flows through it. The river is great for both owners and dogs to paddle in during the summer, and when the winters come thin ice often forms over it. It makes a truly beautiful place to walk. There are small wooded areas to seek shade or shelter in, and from the common you can get view of Watership Down, another beautiful area as well as being a prominent landmark.
Cookham River Walk
Located near to Maidenhead, Cookham offers a picturesque walk by the River Thames. There are several great things about this particular walk, but the main one to touch on is that it’s a highly accessible walk. If you have trouble getting around or are in a wheelchair with your dog, then this is a great place for you to go. The route itself is mostly flat or tarmac and it takes you around the beautiful village of Crookham before leading on to the River Thames where there are swans as well as other birdlife surrounding the area. It’s a really beautiful route, filled with lots of places for both you and your dog to travel, and there will likely be lots of other dogs to meet too. With disabled access bathrooms as well as places to stop to eat and drink, this route is truly great.
Just outside Newbury is Donnington Castle. On a calm day, this place makes an excellent walk for dog and owner alike. The ruined castle is yet another site of historical interest and makes for excellent exploration space. If you tire of green fields and hills, the Castle Wood lies right beside the ruins and makes an equally peaceful place to carry out your walking activities. Not only this, but a small stream runs nearby also, which gives Donnington Castle an excellent advantage when it comes to choosing where to walk – it has everything you could want to walk an exercise your dog, as well as giving them a new place filled with new scents.
In Slough, there is a truly beautiful place to walk your dog. You only have to look at the picture to see just how wonderful it looks. The woodland is both massive and thick, making for great walk-time exploration and a whole new area for your dog to adventure in. Within the wood is a beautiful lake which makes for wonderful views while you saunter along. This route really does make for both a beautiful and peaceful walk. There’s over ten miles of land to explore, and if you fancy taking your family to walk with you then there are loads of activities for them to enjoy too. There are cafes for you to rest and have a drink, but do be aware there are some areas that do not allow dogs to be off the lead – mainly the areas designated for children’s activities.
Chieveley is the home to Snelsmore Common. Home to many rare species of bird and insect, this place is a cornucopia of habitats, and that means many different areas to introduce you furry friend to. There’s wet bog which is home to some exquisite birds, as well as a vast woodland which covers a lot of the area. The heathland is equally wonderful to behold, and like the wet bog, is home to several species of rare bird. Make sure you remember that the park does adhere to opening and closing times, and while the opening time (08:00) is visible on the website, the closing time is not so it would be best to call ahead if you’re not planning an early morning walk.
Hopefully, you were able to find a place that you would like to visit in Berkshire with your dog. The 5 places are truly wonderful to walk in, and hopefully you and your dog will have a great time exploring them. Whether it becomes a regular walking spot, or an occasional day out, visiting new places is always important, both for your dog in terms of experiencing new smells and places, but also for you so you don’t get tired of walking in the same place all the time. Next week, we will be looking at places to walk in Surrey. If you live further north in the country, don’t worry, we’re working our way up through the United Kingdom.
Don’t forget your poo bags!