London is amongst the world’s greatest cities, with a skyline bursting with history and commerce. Tourists flock from every corner of the map, visiting everything from the gothic architecture of Westminster to the cavernous museums and galleries, housing the finest collections of paintings and artefacts. The city always has something going on! And the great news is that the best dog walks in London are accessible by the London Underground AKA the Tube!
Rarely do we think of London as a green city, but the capital’s dog walkers are treated to the best and grandest parks in the country. Whether you want to hide amongst vast mazes, admire hilltop panorama’s, or engage with London’s natural wonders (including pelicans galore), London’s pooch moochers are truly spoilt for choice.
Here are our top seven picks for the best dog walks in London.
7 of the Best Dog Walks in London
Hampstead Heath is the classic rural escape — 790 acres covers the vast rambling area of the ancient London heath. Once a landscape of shrubs and dense undergrowth, today you can enjoy wide-open views across the lush hills. Pools and ponds are scattered throughout the park, shimmering like slithers of silver on a warm sunny day. Perfect for a quick doggy dip or a relaxing picnic and stroll.
Eight former reservoirs were used to create The Highgate Ponds; offering a range of facilities, including two swimming pools, a model boating pond, and two ponds which are part of the wildlife reserve — Stock Pond and Bird Sanctuary Pond. Here your dog can play amongst the thick reeds and grasses, chasing dragonflies or barking after the flocks of birds.
Hampstead Heath — Photography by Vari D on Flickr (Creative Commons)
If you’re a dog walker on the hunt for a view, there is no better panorama of the city than from Parliament Hill. Originally believed to have been a Bronze Age burial barrow, the hill provides breath-taking views of the glistening glass skyline stretching far into the distance.