Did you know January is officially 'walk your dog month'? Here in Durham we don't need much of an excuse to get outside with our furry friends and soak up the great outdoors.

Across the county you’ll find plenty of dog-friendly walks, attractions, eateries and accommodation you and your pooches can enjoy together on a future visit. 

We might not be able to welcome you and four legged family member to Durham right now, but we can’t wait to welcome you back soon. In the meantime, we’re sharing some of our favourite snaps of doggies having a fabulous time in Durham’s great outdoors to celebrate walk your dog month. 

Snowy winter walks

Recently large parts of the county were transformed into a winter wonderland by heavy snow fall, and by the looks of it Hector the Labrador had a great time exploring the magical snowy landscapes of the Durham Dales and North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and UNESCO Global Geopark. 

Time traveling dog walks

Many of Durham's award-winning attractions are dog-friendly, including Beamish, The Living Museum of the North. We love this snap of Lhasa Apsos' Elsa and Buffy taking in the sights, sounds of smells of the 1900s town. 

Clifftop strolls

You'll find miles of wonderful footpaths to follow along the Durham Coast, with breathtaking sights to behold along the way. The Durham Heritage Coast walk stretches for 11 miles from Seaham to Crimdon. Along the way you'll find plenty of pooch-friendly pitstops including beautiful beaches, ancient woodland and view points - like Nose's Point Nature Reserve - one of  Ripley and Brody's favourites.       

Countryside rambles

Durham's great outdoors has hundreds of wonderful walks, natural wonders, country parks, and outdoor attractions to explore with your furry friends. Looks like Izzy the Miniature Schnauzer picked a great day for exploring Stanhope and the surrounding Durham Dales countryside.  

Getting back to nature

Durham's nature reserves are a wonderful place to enjoy peaceful walks whilst enjoying a spot of wildlife watching or birdspotting. Well behaved dogs (on leads) are welcome at reserves across the county including Low Brans Nature Reserve - where Heather, Luna and Bambi enjoy getting back to nature.  

Deer Park wanders 

Throughout the year doggies and their owners can enjoy taking in the sights of ever changing seasons at ancient deer parks across the county including Auckland Castle Deer Park and Raby Castle's 200-acre park, which is home to hundreds of Roe and Red Deer. 

Winter Wonderland 

We know what you're thinking... this looks like a North Pole dog walk! But it's the vast moorland of the Durham Dales and North Pennines AONB covered in crisp white snow, giving us those #winterfeels. Looks like Ronnie the Cockapoo and his Mum had loads of fun in the snow.  

Forest trails 

From coast to countryside, you'll find lots of wonderful woodland walks to explore with your furry friends, including everyone's favourite Hamsterley Forest - filled with miles of family-friendly and dog-friendly trails. We love this snap of Luna the Shar Pei striking a pose alongside a beautiful forest sunset. 

Delightful Durham Dales walks

No matter where you explore in the Durham Dales, you're guaranteed spectacular views - from enchanting woodlands and roaring rivers, to the magnificent heather clad moorlands - like the view Bella and Ruby are taking in below.  

Feel the force

Bea sure knows how to strike a pose! We love this snap of her captured at High Force Waterfall. Dogwalkers can feel the force as they follow the five mile circular trail between the mighty High Force and nearby Low Force Waterfall. 

Seaside sunrise walks

What better way to start the day than with a refreshing seaside walk? All along the Durham Heritage Coast you'll find dog-friendly beaches from Seaham, to Backhall Rocks and Crimdon, prefect for sunrise or sunset dog walks. 

We'd love to see your Durham dog walk pictures. Share them with us by tagging @thisisdurham on Instagram and using the hashtags #Lovedurham #dogsindurham 

Visit our dedicated dog-friendly Durham page to discover more >> 

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