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The Best Dog Friendly Places To Visit while you are in Leicestershire for the Big Dog Walk

The Big Dog Walk Series kicks off this weekend, with the first event taking place this weekend, on Sunday the 30th May at Belvoir Castle.


This stately home was built for the 5th Duke and Duchess of Rutland in the early 1800s. Jam-packed with gorgeous walking routes and lush gardens it’s no surprise it was picked as the location for 2021’s Big Dog Walk.

But what else is there to do during your visit to Leicestershire? We asked our friends at Dog Furiendly to share some dog-friendly highlights in this historic county if you're visiting for the weekend.

Leicestershire is bursting with heritage and culture. It may be famous for its battlefields, but its pubs, restaurants and attractions are the unsung heroes. 

Read on for our favourite dog-friendly destinations in Leicestershire and head to to find the perfect place for your pooch, wherever you are.


Have Some Pawsome Pints At A Dog-Friendly Pub

Leicestershire is full of pubs that welcome those on two legs or four. From canal-side pubs to rural gastropubs there’s plenty to get your tail wagging!

Here are two of our favourites:

The Geese and Fountain

If you worked up an appetite strolling around Belvoir Castle, then we can’t recommend this place enough. With local beers brewed within 40 miles and wines selected from organic vineyards across the world, The Geese and Fountain has plenty to treat yourself with after a long walk. They couldn’t be more welcoming of dogs either, even offering homemade treats to your tuckered out pooch on arrival!

The food is as locally sourced as the beer and is a truly mouth-watering experience. Time to replenish some of those calories burned off on your walk! Booking in advance is recommended to avoid disappointment.

dog in a pub

The Old Plough

Does your dog love making friends? They’ll make one for life at The Old Plough in Leicester. The pub is home to local celebrity Denzil the German Shepherd. Denzil has featured in local newspapers, the news and even has his own Facebook page!

Denzil is always welcoming to other four-legged visitors to the Old Plough and he makes sure that water bowls are full for all of his friends. He even keeps stocked up on doggy beer, because why should humans have all the fun?

The Old Plough prepares delicious food and has an array of tasty tipples to chase down the grub down.


Sniff Out Some Tracks On The Great Central Railway

This railway welcomes furry visitors and it really is the perfect way to explore beautiful Leicestershire. Take in the stunning views of the county's rolling hills from the comfort of your own compartment. Sights you’ll see include Swithland Reservoir and Brazil Island.

Train rides are available every weekend throughout the year and even usually on Bank Holidays. The Railway has even won several awards including a gold award for the best visitor experience in the East Midlands and “independent railway of the year”. 

dog on a train

Sip Wine With Your Canine

Leicestershire is home to two of the finest vineyards in the country:

Hanwell Wine Estate is family owned and grows grapes for English sparkling wine. Accompanied by your pooch you can enjoy an afternoons tour of the vineyard and of course, sample their delicious wines. There is even an on-site cafe and frequent rural arts and crafts workshops taking place. 

Rothley Wine is another fabulous vineyard in the heart of Leicestershire. They offer dog-friendly tours and have wheelchair-accessible facilities. Private wine-tasting parties are available to book and you can do your own self-guided tour of the vineyard free of charge.

dog at a restaurant

Sniff Out History On A Famous Battlefield

The Battlefield Country Park is famous as the place of death of King Richard III as he lost his crown to Henry Tudor. Dogs are not allowed in the exhibition room however they are very welcome to roam throughout the park. Audio and visual information is available so you can learn all about the historic battle and the landscape. History buffs will be barking mad for this one!

cute dog in a cuddle

We're looking forward to seeing you this Sunday at Belvoir Park, and if you haven't already, you can get your tickets here.  To find out more, or book for a Big Dog Walk event near you, check out the website here

If you love them, nominate them for a Naturo SuperDog Award.