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Top 10 Dog Walks in Cardiff

Manager: Catherine Clarke
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Some of our favourite dog walks around Cardiff!

Cardiff is a great city for dogs and their owners. It has the hustle and bustle of a capital city however underneath all of that it is a beautiful heaven for dog walkers. If you would like your dog to join us on any of these walks please get in touch! These are some of our favourites..

1. Bute Park

A City Centre Dog Walk. You can take a short walk around the Park or Llandaff Fields or a take a picnic and take a longer stroll along the riverside. There are some areas, such as ecologically sensitive areas, the cafes and sports site, of the park which dogs should be kept on leads which are clearly indicated.

2. Sophia Gardens

This is another dog walk in the city centre. Here you can take in views or Cardiff Castle and follow the Taff trail all the way to Cardiff Bay where you and your dog can stop for a well-deserved drink.

3. Cardiff Bay Barrage

This is a stunning walk however more suitable for dogs that are happy to stay on the lead. Here you can enjoy the up and coming development of Cardiff Bay whilst relaxing with water views from every direction.

4. Llanishen Reservoir

This is a peaceful place for you and your dog to walk and you will meet many like-minded walkers on your way. Walk around the reservoir or follow the Nant Fawr trail which connects Waterloo Gardens in the south with the Ridgeway walk in the north.

5. Cefn Onn Park

A fun and easy walk for dogs and nature lovers. It’s a short walk around the park with wooded areas for dogs to explore. There are also plenty of paths leading off onto other trails for the more adventurous walker and his dog. There are on lead and off lead areas for dogs so please adhere to the signs and wardens working in the park.

6. Fforest Fawr

The awe-inspiring woodland behind Castell Coch above Tongwynlais. A couple of trails including a long-distance route from Cardiff Bay to Brecon!

7. Roath Park Lake and recreation ground

A gentle dog walk around the lake is always an enjoyable experience. There is plenty of thriving wildlife around the lake, beautiful flowers and smells in the wild gardens and fun to be had on the recreation grounds. Dogs do need to be kept on leads around the park however it is an extremely sociable day out for owner and dog.

8. Whitchurch Meadows and Canals

A beautiful haven for wildlife especially birdlife. Dogs are allowed but on lead along the canal and not allowed into the canal itself.

9. Wenallt Woods

Incredible in bluebell season (and other times of the year!). Lots of woodland to sniff and explore. A wide variety of wildlife and birds. A great summer picnic spot.

10. Heath Park

A great variety of wooded areas, ponds and wetland making it a great habitat for a wide variety of wildlife. It also provides sports and play areas for all ages.

Responsible Dog Walking

When visiting these beautiful places please remember to be respectful of others who are visiting and the environment. Our Top Tips for responsible dog walking are:-
  • Pick up dog mess in a bag and either take it home or to a dog mess bin.
  • Only let your dog off lead if it can be effectively controlled around people and other dogs.
  • Keep your dog on the lead and under control if livestock are close by.
  • Keep your dog on the lead if there is signage or you are instructed to do so by a park warden.