Happiness is hound-shaped
Stephanie Walton heads out with dogs Sev and Lily to see what the Cotswolds offers for socially-distancing hounds
Sev and Lily are two travelling spaniels who, along with their owner Steph, adventure to find the best things to do for dogs all over the UK and beyond for their blog Stephandthespaniels.com
With the beautiful Cotswolds right on our doorstep, we’ve enjoyed spending lots of time on gorgeous walks and getting out when we’re allowed, over the last few months.
With the restrictions easing, we’ve been finding out the best things to do in the Cotswolds with your dogs.
Always be aware to follow the up to date restrictions and rules and social distance guidelines for your safety and others.
Enjoying the warmer weather is perfect with Cotswold Water Park so close by, and Waterland Outdoor pursuits is great for getting out on the water (or even in it!)
Some of the lakes and areas are dogfriendly, not only with great walks but also great paddles for human and hound.
We love paddle boarding, and at Waterland Outdoor Pursuits you can now hire kayaks and SUPS or even just go for a swim. As well as this, you can launch your own craft, so this is perfect for us to get out on our paddleboard, which Sev, Lily and I love.
Whilst they’re on the boards, I always pop their life jackets on too and enjoy the peace of the water under us, that’s until they decide to go for a little swim! I highly recommend trying this; it’s so much fun, and Sev and Lily love it. Although it can take a little time for dogs to get used to being on a kayak or SUP, but once they get used to it, it’s perfect for all to enjoy.
Of course the only shopping the canines are interested in are pet shops, and one of our favourites in the Cotswolds area is Doghouse at Bradford-on-avon.
Not only is the shop itself gorgeous, but there’s so much choice and really is a one-stop shop for anything your dog may need… or want.
The shop is open with social distancing restrictions, as well as takeaway coffee and cake, too, which is great to head off for a stroll around lovely BOA after your shop.
The shop has everything from toys to leads, treats, chews, food and more. The perfect way to stock up and keep your furry friend happy.
We’re loving the long-lasting chews, as well as the interactive feeding toys, perfect to keep bored dogs entertained whilst you’re working from home.
The gorgeous Lavender Farm is open until late July [and may extend longer depending on the bloom] and, even better, dogs are allowed to join you as well.
The gorgeous rows of lavender are just breathtaking, and smell so gorgeous, as well as the long grass and wildflowers, too. Although dogs have to stay on leads, it’s such a lovely day out, so perfect to bring a picnic and take a photo or two.
Like most places, they’ve had to work aroynd Covid rules, so sadly the shop and café aren’t open, but there is a small takeaway refreshement station, and they’re keen for you to bring your own food and drink and enjoy the gorgeous lavender blossom in the large fields.
There are so many gorgeous villages in the Cotswolds and, as it’s been slightly quiter through lockdown, it’s a great time for locals to get out more.
Our favourite thing to do is pick a new Cotswold village to visit for an early morning dog walk, and really do enjoy it.
Our favourites are Lacock and also Castle Combe: with the picteresque streets and pretty houses, it makes for a lovely morning walk with your dog.