DISCOVER a new dog walk this spring.

Living in North Wales, you’re never far from an ancient woodland or beautiful country park to explore with your four-legged friend(s).

We’ve teamed up with the Flintshire-based Dog Friendly Destinations team to freshen up your walking routes this spring – and the Bank Holiday weekend is a perect time to try some of them out!

Dog Friendly Destinations is a searchable online directory that showcases the UK’s best places to stay, places to eat and places to go where dogs are not just permitted but thoroughly welcomed.

Here are five of their favourites for an adventure on four paws in North East Wales:


• Park at: Nercwys Forest Car Park, Ffordd Cae Newydd, Mold, CH7 4AY

Situated in the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), the 3-mile Nercwys Forest circular dog walk, while popular, rarely feels overcrowded.

The trail is relatively flat taking you through sun-dappled woodland reminiscent of Endor - Star Wars fans will love it.

Dogs can be off lead for the duration of your walk. Home to an abundance of wildlife, there’s lots for four-legged friends to see and sniff.


• Park at: Moel Arthur Car Park, Offa’s Dyke Path, Mold, CH7 5NZ

Sticking with the Clwydian Range, built over 2,500, Moel Arthur is one of a series of Iron Age hill forts to be found on the summits of these beautiful hills.

At 455 metres high, the walk to the top is steep (and sometimes muddy) in parts but well worth tackling for the stunning views over the Vale of Clywd.

As you pass through fields with livestock, dogs must be kept on a lead.


Park at: East Street, Llangollen, LL20 8PW

The Llangollen History Trail is a six-mile circular dog walk that offers stunning landscapes, incredible views and a little bit of Welsh history.

Start with a stroll along the Llangollen Canal before passing by the Horseshoe Falls. Take towels if you’re going on a sunny day as you can paddle with your pup if it’s not too busy.

Next, head up the hill to see the remains of Llantysilio Church and Valle Crucis Abbey.

Then, venture on another two miles to the ruins of Castle Dinas Bran before walking back down into Llangollen.

Dogs can be off lead but with livestock along the way, keep an eye out if you have a playful pup.


• Park at: Chirk Castle, Chirk, Wrexham, LL14 5AF

Dogs are very welcome to explore the 480 estate at Chirk Castle although not inside the castle itself or the formal gardens.

There’s a series of walks that you can enjoy around the grounds though, so pick up a map on your way in.

The 2.5 mile circular woodland walk is a firm favourite.

A combination of tree-covered pathways and open fields, it offers spectacular views of the parkland and sneak peaks of the castle through the canopy of ancient trees.


• Park at: Wepre Drive, Connah's Quay, Flintshire, CH5 4HL

Wepre Park, an ancient woodland spanning 160 acres, is fantastic for a dog friendly walk.

Enjoy changing terrains, a brook to paddle in, the somewhat hidden Ewloe Castle built by Llywelyn the Great in 1255, and finish up with a doggy ice cream in the café to reward little paws for walking so far.

Visiting with little ones, too? They’ll love the children’s playground.