Are you looking for inspiration ahead of your next dog walk? Whether you’ve got a favourite route or not, there is always an opportunity to change things up a bit.

The Forest of Bowland has plenty to offer when it comes to trails whether you’re looking for a quick morning walk or a long afternoon stroll.

To help you choose your next dog walk, here are three of the best dog-friendly walks in the Forest of Bowland, according to AllTrails.

3 of the best dog-friendly walks in the Forest of Bowland

Dunsop Bridge and Newton Circular

Difficulty: Moderate

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This 11.4km walk is near Slaidburn and takes an average of three hours and 17 minutes to complete, ideal if you’re wanting a few hours of fresh air.

The best time of year to do this walk is between March and October.

Dogs are welcome on this route and they can even enjoy some off-lead fun in some areas. However, you should be aware that there are stiles and some livestock on this walk.

During the walk, you’ll see “the idyllic village of Dunsop Bridge” in the Ribble Valley and walk along the banks of the River Hodder.

You’ll travel through fields, along country lanes and across bridges so there’s plenty to look forward to.

You can find out more via the AllTrails website.

Longridge Fell and 7 Bends Short Circular

Difficulty: Moderate

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If you’re looking for a shorter walk, this 4km one could be ideal for you and your furry friend.

Dogs are welcome and can be let off the lead in some parts of the route.

This trail is open all year round and takes one hour and 12 minutes to complete, on average.

The paths can get muddy and slippery and there are rougher sections to watch out for too. You’ll need to take “great care” and wear appropriate footwear.

On this Forest of Bowland walk, you can expect “a good deal of climbing and great views on a clear day of the surrounding hills and valleys”.

You can find out more via the AllTrails website.

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Dale Head Ramble

Difficulty: Moderate

You can find out more via the AllTrails website.

This circular trail is 5.6km in length and it’s located near Slaidburn. It takes one hour and 34 minutes to complete on average and your dog can come along.

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Some areas allow for dogs to be off the lead and the best times to do this walk are between January and November.

You can expect some good views on a clear day as you walk through the forest and you’ll see the old railway that was used for transport through the area.

Walkers should be aware that the route might also be used by mountain bikers, especially on descents and at corners.