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Planning a road trip with your dog? Here’s some walks on motorway routes

August 14, 2020

If you’re planning to a long road trip with your dog, Highways England and Driving with Dogs have put together some suggestions for a mid-trip stop offs, or just a day out with the dog.

Highways England Head of Road Safety, Richard Leonard said, “We want all our customers, including the four-legged ones, to arrive at their destinations safely this summer and I’d urge drivers to make sure they plan a break into longer trips as well as preparing for any journey, especially in hot weather, by stocking up on water and checking travel conditions before setting off.” 

Walks that would make brilliant stop offs close to Highways England roads include: 

A38, Plympton, Devon

  • Saltram House Park is a National Trust mansion with a most imposing vista. Dogs are welcome in the woods and parkland.  

M5 Junction 18 Bristol

  • Blaise Castle estate is an enormous outdoor space, with a mixture of woodlands, meadows and limestone gorge spread over 650 acres. Signed trails lead from the car park in all directions. 

M6 Junction 5 or 7 Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands

  • A former deer park with 2,400 acres of open space – including 7 lakes. Dogs are welcome, but there are a few restrictions in certain areas to protect the wildlife at breeding times. 

M60/M62 various junctions Greater Manchester

  • With 600 acres of parkland, Heaton Park is a massively popular open space for walkers and their dogs. You can get here easily from several M60 junctions and also the M62. 

A46 Lincolnshire

  • A super park for dogs, with flat walking in 200 acres of woodland and wetland. The area is a combination of both Hartsholme County Park and Swanholme Lakes Local Nature Reserve. 

A12 Blaxhall Common, Suffolk

  • A peaceful nature reserve where you can relax and enjoy the sounds of birdsong and chirruping insects. It’s very handy for a doggie comfort break. 

M25 Junction 8 Reigate Hill, Surrey

  • Countryside dog walk just yards from junction 8. Excellent stop off when travelling. Access to both carriageways. Adjacent to North Downs Way / Gatton Park.  Massive view over the North Downs and Reigate. 

Lezli Rees, Driving with Dogs Director, said: “Since lockdown ended we’ve seen a big increase in visitors to our site so it would seem this year more than ever people want to go on adventures with their dogs.  

“Whether you’re planning a fun day out or driving a long way and need a stop off en route there are literally thousands of lovely dog walks within a stone’s throw of most major roads and motorways and we would urge people to get exploring!” 

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