Wimborne Minster and the surrounding area offers some of the most fun, stimulating and adventurous playgrounds for our little four legged friends! With so many dog friendly places it is easy to find the perfect location for their needs. Check out our handy guide below to some of our favourite local places for dog walks.
location: Eye Bridge
perfect for: River dips, shaded spots, lead walks
not ideal for: Ball throwing, distance runners, wet days
about: Following the road around from Wimborne
Football Club (the turning just after Wimborne Hospital)
brings you to the incredible Eye Bridge, featuring a long
stretch of shallow river, a favourite of kayakers, paddlers,
families and dog walkers alike. We usually wear our aqua
shoes to eyebridge, as there are many spots where you
can walk right out to the middle of the river with the doggies
as they play! This is especially great when walking a dog
that must be kept on a lead, as it means they get to have a
dunk with their friends which they normally can't do on a lead!
It also has lots of shade in the wooded areas so works great
for long walks in the hot midday sun!
location: Canford Magna
perfect for: Ball throwing, open space, wooded area
not ideal for: Off lead when livestock grazing, wet days
about: Starting at the Iconic Canford School, there are several routes which can either lead through shaded trees, along the river banks and towards Wimborne or Stapehill! The banks on the North of the river offer plenty of fun for running around and meeting other dogs whilst being able to always keep a close eye on them. Head along the South of the river and you'll come across a shady woodland trailway area which leads all the way through to Wimborne and under the mysterious & historical Lady Wimborne's bridge which once carried the old railway.
location: Bytheway Field
perfect for: On lead walks, socialising, wet days
not ideal for: Ball throwing due to long grass
about: Hidden from the main road but easily accessed, this little gem of a location is found on Leigh Road between Wimborne and Canford Bottom. Designated as East Dorset's first SANG (Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace) this space is offered to the public as a purpose built outdoor recreation facility and we love it! It's perfect for on lead walks as the well maintained gravel paths around the whole site criss cross over and offer plenty of exploration opportunities through the long grasses and in the hedgerows. To the west of the field a gate allows access into a wooded area walk to offer some sun relief!
location: Cannon Hill Woods
perfect for: Forest exploration, full shade, wet days
not ideal for: Ball throwing
about: Accessed from either Colehill or Uddens Drive if travelling from Holt or Ferndown, The Cannon Hill Plantation is a beautiful spot which can take you an entirely different route every day of the week! depending on the time of day, this is a great spot for socialisation on and off lead as there are lots of other dogs to meet and sniff! Most of this area is covered by well draining gravel pathways making it a good option on rainy days.
location: kingston lacy (stour valley way)
perfect for: Wet days, long runs, socialising
not ideal for: Ball throwing
about: Head down past Pamphill and you'll come to the back of the expansive National Trust owned Kingston Lacy Estate. Here you'll find a small gravel car park perfectly situated for exploring part of the Stour Valley Way! Miles of well draining pathways lead through tranquil woods and fields which head out towards Sturminster Marshall or Kingston Lacy Drove. This walk is perfect for a stress free walk with an energetic dog that loves to run up ahead, as you can easily keep track of them here!