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Known as an area of outstanding natural beauty, the Cotswolds is a perfect place for a family holiday. For many people, that also includes the four-legged members of their family. Here are a few pet friendly walks in the Cotswolds for you and your pet to enjoy on a visit to this scenic and historic region.

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Meadows and Mills

This walk is an easy two-mile stint from Stow-on-the-Wold to Bourton-on-the-Water. It takes places mostly over lush green meadows, ending up at an old mill in Lower Slaughter. This mill has been lovingly restored to house a teashop and museum. Although dogs are not allowed inside, you could nonetheless enjoy a cup of tea or light snack outdoors before heading back to your original destination.

Broadway and the Tower

Located near the village of Broadway, this tower is one of the more popular attractions in the Cotswolds. This walk begins in the centre of the village, and continues on to Broadway Tower Country Park before heading back. You and your pet will be able to take in some amazing views of the nearby countryside in addition to viewing the historic tower. A memorial commemorating the crew of a bomber that crashed in the nearby area during a training mission is also in close proximity to the tower.

Chipping Camden Walk

One of the more scenic pet friendly walks in the Cotswolds, this three-mile route takes you over some rugged farmland where you’ll easily be able to tune into nature. This walk is not for beginners as some parts of it will take you up a steep incline. As such, you should plan for plenty of time to enjoy this walk in order to ensure your pet does not become over-exerted. If you forget to bring water, you can pick some up at one of the shops in Chipping Camden before you depart.

Eye of the Windrush and Slaughter

This is a fairly easy walk, making it ideal if your dog is still a puppy. It runs between the River Eye at Lower Slaughter in Gloucestershire to the River Windrush which forms part of the River Thames. You will be able to enjoy some scenic views of villages in the valley below while you take in the peaceful countryside. This is basically a circular route that is around 3.2 miles in length, and it offers plenty of stopping points along the way so that you and your pet may rest.

Stanton, Snowshill and the Edge

Extending between the villages of Stanton and Snowshill, you may elect to take either the 2.5 or six-mile route. There are quite a few rolling hills along either route, and the high points will provide you with some spectacular views. The trails are well shaded, making them an excellent choice for a summer afternoon walk. Be prepared to help your pet maneuver some of the many stiles and the two of you will have an excellent time on your journey.

Pet friendly walks in the Cotswolds can be found no matter which part of this region you visit. Fortunately, there are also plenty of pet-friendly accommodations here, meaning that the furry members of your family are free to accompany you!