One of the most important aspects of owning a dog is taking them for walks. So, if you’re planning to head out for a walk then we’ll let you in on a secret. The following is considered as the top five spots for you and your dog to have an amazing time out in Southampton.
Walking your dog on a regular basis provides a better foundation for both mental and physical health. When dogs are confined to the same space for a period of time, they can develop destructive behaviours and will become excessively bored. As such, your dog relies on you to take them exploring where they can learn about new smells, sights, and sounds.
Manor Farm Country Park
The Manor Farm is known for its woodland characteristics. This historic working farm has been an all-time favourite for over 600 years and provides your furry friend with 400 acres of land to explore and a rive where he or she will love to swim. Your pup will also be exposed to tons of wildlife such as roe deers, and curlews.
However, it should be noted that you won’t be able to take your dog into the Farm Attraction within the park. You’ll even be able to enjoy a delicious snack from the Pantry Tearoom if ever you decide to pause from your grand adventure.
Royal Victoria Country Park
When you visit the Royal Victoria Country Park, both of you will be thrilled to learn that there are many activities to partake in. Some of these include walking on the seashore, swimming in the woodlands and many more. If your pup loves to play fetch, they’ll really enjoy the fields. After playing, you can have a relaxing bite with them or you can head over to the outdoor area of the park and enjoy your treats together.
The five main parks of Southampton cover roughly 21 hectares of land. They’ve also been prestigiously awarded the Grade II status. This just simply means that they’re now on the list of historic interests at the English Heritage Register of Parks and Gardens. In essence, the perfect paradise awaits your furry friend straight in Southamptons heart.
You’ll also be able to perfectly plan your trip for each of the following:
- Andrews (East) Park
- Houndwell Park
- Hoglands Park
- Watts (West) Park
At Southampton Common, your dog will be able to enjoy up to 326 acres of space. This destination is located just twenty minutes from the City Center and is one of the most popular destinations. Both tourists and locals return ever so often to take in the views and indulge in the land. Within the 326 acres, there’s a ton of woodland space, trails, wetlands and much more.
Southampton Common also houses the Hawthorns Wildlife Center. It should be noted that the Hawthorns Garden is usually open Monday to Saturday from 11 am to 3 pm and on Sundays, they open from noon to 4 pm.
Itchen Valley Country Park
The Itchen Valley Country Park is made up of 440 acres of woodlands, water meadows, and regular meadows. The park has also been awarded in the past four years, the Green Flag. After you and your dog have explored the nature reserve, you can relax at the Cafe. If you want to plan a fun day, there are trail guides for sale at the Visitor Center or you can easily download one prior to your trip.