With summer behind us, we can feel the buzz of excitement for autumn walks in our four-legged friends. Autumn brings a raft of new smells, cooler walks for longer rambles, and much-loved bundling through crispy autumn leaves. To get you just as excited as the hounds, here are our top selection of dog walking North London routes to try out this Autumn.
Dog Walking North London – Our Top Picks
- Dollis Brook
If you’re after a long Sunday 10-miler then Dollis Brook is definitely for you. However, it can also be cut into much smaller sections. What we particularly love here is the variety. You’ll find woodland, open spots, and some wonderful nature trails. Before the cold of winter is fully upon us, there’s also the beautiful brook heading in to the river, perfect for a pawsome paddle.
- Hampstead Health
It may be popular but that simply means more sniffing opportunities! With hundreds of acres to explore, it certainly doesn’t feel crowded. There’s plenty of space for off-lead fun. As the leaves fall from the trees, the views from Parliament Hill are worth it.
- Coldfall Wood
Ancient woodland here makes a perfect spot for exploration. There are playing fields, which can be perfect for a game of ball, before you head under the huge oaks for a gentle amble. If you’ve got the kids in tow, you can also run off their steam in the playground.
- Trent Park
Free parking surrounding it makes Trent Park ideal even if you’re a little further afield. There are lots of wide-open areas, a good patch of woodland, and even a couple of lakes. It’s perfect for a quick stroll rounded off by a cuppa and cake at the café.
- Highgate Woods
Here you can take your pick from a number of trails through the woods. It’s wonderfully dog friendly and you’ll spot a huge variety of trees making for a rainbow of colour come autumn. Highgate Woods are a peaceful spot making this an ideal location for any introverted four-legged friends or their owners.
- Heath Brow
Technically park of Hampstead Heath, we’re mentioning Heath Brow in its own right because it is such an idyllic autumn walk. Situated just across the road from the main Heath, you’ll stumble in to beautiful woodland surrounded by a path. You can stick to a path preventing muddy feet whilst your pooch is delighted by running through leaves and hunting a scent. Do make sure you pop the lead back on as you near Golder Hill Park as there is a small zoo on site.
- Hadley Wood
If you want to get stuck into a proper autumn/winter walk and are ready for a spot of mud then pop on your wellies and head in to Hadley Wood. You won’t find too many other walkers here and it’s great for a spot of adventure.
- Welsh Harp
If you’re after a quick spot of exercise for your canine pal, then the Welsh Harp is ideal at just 45 minutes long. You can walk along the waterside and spy the view over to Webley.
- Arrendene Open Space
We’re a little reluctant to share this one as it’s a bit of a secret, but head over the road from Mill Hill Park and you’ll find a fabulous spot with a mixture of open spaces and patches of woodland. See if you can find the ‘knitted’ trees, and see what your hound makes of them!
- Coldfall Woods
What’s great about Coldfall Woods is that although it’s woodland, it’s quite open and you can keep an eye on both dogs and kids running about. Perfect for some stick throwing, it’s a great spot for a general mill about seeing where the smells lead.
Don the extra layer, dust off your wellies, and make autumn dog walking North London something to look forward to.