With Countryside on the doorstep, a dog friendly town centre, places to eat and drink and enclosed training facilities, you are spoilt for choice in Basingstoke and Deane when it comes to finding your happy place for you and your four-legged friends.
We asked our wonderful followers for their favourite local dog walks, see the top recommendations below;
Silchester Roman Town Walk
A real Roman tour, the Silchester Walk is flat walk is suitable for all the family and dogs (on leads), with no stiles. Take a ‘paw’ back in history, following the complete circuit of the Roman walls and earth works of Calleva Atrebatum, visiting the remain of the amphitheatre and calling in to see the 12th century Church of St. Mary’s.
The Spinney, Rooksdown
The woodland avenue of mature beech, sycamore and lime trees lines the former Park Prewitt hospital estate. This lovely woodland avenue has a central path which provides opportunity for pleasant circular and short walks and wildlife spotting. It’s a great chance to give the kids a run around too as close by is Rooksdown Park, a play area and skate park.
The National Trust’s Sandham Memorial Chapel
This gentle walk starts and ends at the National Trust’s Sandham Memorial Chapel and takes in some of the places that Stanley Spencer lived, loved and was inspired by during the years he lived in Burghclere. This dog friendly walk should take about 1.5 hours to complete the 2.5 miles. A shorter walk is available for those with pushchairs or those wanting to avoid the uneven terrain.
War Memorial Park to Crabtree Plantation
Take in the spacious green areas, woodland and wide-open spaces during this self-guided walk which takes you around the War Memorial Park, Black Dam Ponds and Crabtree Plantation. The walk from the park to Black Dam Ponds is level for most of the route, with some gentle slopes and you’ll find seats at various points along the way. There is also free parking and a play area at Black Dam Ponds for families to enjoy.