Wide-open spaces, lush rolling hills and plenty of welcoming pubs (with treats): if your dog could book a holiday, they’d probably choose the Cotswolds. It’s the perfect place for a dog-friendly break, with lots of opportunities for walkies in the beautiful countryside.
Here are a few of our favourite dog-friendly walks near Broadway.
Walks around Broadway Tower
Broadway Tower Country Park is one of the best places for dog walks in the Cotswolds – and it’s not far from Broadway village. There’s a lovely, four-mile circular walk to the tower and back, which you can pick up at Broadway High Street. It’s steep in places, but when you reach the top of the second highest point in the Cotswolds, you’re rewarded with spectacular views. Take a look at the Broadway Tower walk map on The National Trails website.
If your canine companion prefers a short walk, it takes less than ten minutes to drive up to the Tower, where you can park in the pay-and-display car park. Stroll along the lovely, mile-long circular walk around the parkland, which includes agility obstacles for lively pooches. There’s a map of the route on the Broadway Tower website. Please keep your dog on a lead as the country park is home to a herd of beautiful red deer.
Tip for humans: the Morris & Brown Café has a great outside area, where you and your dog can take a well-earned break after your walk up the hill.
The Cotswold Way with Dogs
The Cotswold Way runs between Bath and Chipping Campden in Gloucestershire along the Cotswold Escarpment, a distance of just over 100 miles. That’s enough to put fear into the paws of even the hardiest of canines, so try a short, dog-friendly stretch of the famous trail, from Broadway to Stanton.
This walk starts, appropriately, from Kennel Way in Broadway. Follow the Cotswold Way for four miles to the pretty village of Stanton. The countryside here is typically Cotswolds: gentle hilltops, valleys and woods.
Human tip: the Mount Inn at Stanton does fab food and welcomes furry guests. Its lovely big beer garden is the perfect pet pitstop.
Broadway to Snowshill
If you’re staying in Broadway, the walk to Snowshill is a must. This remote little village is in the hills above Broadway, and has picturesque honey-hued cottages and an old church. It takes about an hour to walk up to the village (this isn’t one for an elderly canine companion), but it’s worth it for the views across the Severn Valley and the Vale of Evesham.
It’s also home to the National Trust-owned Snowshill Manor and gardens. If you prefer gentler dog walks, you can drive up to manor’s car park, and take the National Trust-recommended circular walk. At 3.5 miles, it’s a fantastic afternoon’s ramble (please note: there are steep and muddy areas).
Human tip: Want to relax? Take your dog for a fragrant walk through the fields at Cotswold Lavender: simply the best dog walk when you want to chill out.
Dog-friendly Pub Walks in the Cotswolds
There are lots of welcoming pubs in the Cotswolds that are just perfect for a pint or a meal with your furry friend. We recommend the Duke of Wellington in market town Bourton-on-the-Water, where your pet is guaranteed a water bowl, treats and lots of fuss. Take a walk along the River Windrush before settling down for your lunch.
There are plenty of dog-friendly walks near Burford, which gives you a great excuse for a trip to the Highway Inn. Park in Burford for walks to Swinbrook and Asthall, where there are riverside footpaths.
The Ebrington Arms near Chipping Campden is a handy stop-off on this stretch of The Cotswold Way. There’s a large beer garden, and this friendly pub has its own lovely pack of hounds to welcome you.
In Broadway itself, have a well-earned pint after your walk to the Tower at the 17th-century Crown & Trumpet, renowned for its dog-friendliness. And of course, you and your four-legged walking mate are welcome to join us in the terrace or bar at The Broadway Hotel.
Dog-friendly Days Out
There a plenty of places to walk your pooch from Broadway itself; however if you fancy a day out a bit further afield, here are some of our favourite doggy walks out elsewhere in the Cotswold countryside.
A gorgeous 55-acre garden that welcomes dogs. The perfect place for a dog walk if you prefer footpaths to open countryside.
It’s an easy 20-mile drive from Broadway, but worth it for the beautiful open countryside. Walks around here take in hills, woodlands and plenty of appealing little pubs (but warning: here be stiles…) The National Trail has a circular walk around Cleeve Hill.
This sweeping National Trust park is just 17 miles from Broadway. We love Croome Park’s wide-open spaces – and so will your dog. Please keep your pooch on the lead, and don’t forget to pre-book your visit.
We hope that’s given your dog a few ideas for days out in the Costwolds! At The Broadway Hotel, we love to welcome four-footed guests, and we even have special dog-friendly rooms. Our two self-catering cottages make an excellent base for your dog walking holiday.