Where are the best dog-friendly places in Knutsford?
Knutsford’s rural location means that it’s a haven for dogs and their owners whether it’s a day of walking on the card or you’re just looking to relax with some great food and your canine best friend.
There are a multitude of walks both in and around Knutsford that are perfect for pooches. Obviously Tatton Park (Mereheath Drive, Knutsford, WA16 6QN, www.tattonpark.co.uk) is a really popular choice with lots of different trails to stroll around in the historic estate. Dogs aren’t allowed in the main house and gardens but there are acres of beautiful park land for you and your dog to burn off some energy. Less than 30 minutes away from Knutsford is the beautiful Delamere Forest (www.forestry.gov.uk/delamere), a large area of woodland and water with a range of trails that makes it perfect for dog walking.
Lower Peover is another great destination to head with your hound, there’s a lake and stream to walk alongside, and although it can get a little steep in some places so may be better for more active dogs, this 3km country walk is a lovely one to enjoy. Knutsford Heath is another hotspot for dogs with plenty of srub for them to ezplore along with beautiful oak and birch trees on this lowland heath area.
Knutsford Moor is one of the largest areas of reed and fen in Cheshire and is a great choice for when you really want to tire out your dogs. 11 hectares of land make it a great choice to let your dogs roam freely (but maybe make sure you take a towel with you in case of muddy paws!). Look out for warblers here, as there are a couple of species that live on the moor.
Just outside of Knutsford is Sean Hawkins Meadow. You do need to keep your dog on a lead out here as there’s plenty of wildlife around in this small meadow. There’s woodland surround the area but a good footpath with trails that’s perfect to wander around, especially in autumn when the leaves are all turning orange and gold.
Don’t worry if your pup has got a little bit mucky on your day out, book them in for a pampering session at The Pet Retreat Grooming Salon (Fryers Nursery, Manchester Road, Knutsford, WA16 0SX, www.thepetretreat.co.uk) where their skilled team offer a range of different services in their purpose built grooming facility. Their packages are all named after the local area so why not book in for a Tatton Towel Down or a Knutsford Cut?
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If you’re tired out after a day of walking, head to one of the local, dog friendly pubs for the perfect way to round off your busy day.
The – aptly named – Three Greyhounds Inn (Holmes Chapel Road, Knutsford, WA16 9JY, www.thethreegreyhoundsinn.co.uk) is the ‘sister pub’ to The Bulls Head (Mill Lane, Knutsford, WA16 7HZ, www.thebullsheadpub.co.uk) in Mobberley – which is also dog friendly – with dogs allowed in the Brandy Snug or beer garden, dog treats on the bar and a dog menu. There are also some great walking routes around nearby Shakerley Mere, making it the perfect pitstop for you and your pooches.
The Dun Cow (Chelford Road, Knutsford, WA16 8RH, www.robinsonsbrewery.com/duncow) is a great, welcoming pub – and that welcome extends to your dog too! Regularly at the top of TripAdvisor for places to eat in Knutsford, this Robinson’s pub strikes the perfect balance between being homely but also providing excellent food and great service. They have a great beer garden which is just perfect to sit outside with man’s best friend, weather permitting.
Another fine stop for you and your canine is The Golden Pheasant (Plumley Moor Road, Knutsford, WA16 9RX, www.goldenpheasantatplumley.co.uk) where dogs are welcome in the public bar and seating areas around the main entrance. They have cask ale on tap and a great menu.
If you’re in the centre of Knutsford, head across to the Rose and Crown (King Street, Knutsford, WA16 6DT, www.roseandcrownknutsford.net) where they serve great food and your canine companion can sit with you at the front of the bar.
If you don’t fancy a pub lunch, there are several tea rooms and cafes in the area that allow dogs including The Stables at Tatton Park, Café on the Corner on King Street and Cranford Café on Canute Place where little treats ar provided for your dog as well as yourself.
Are you looking for a place to stay with your pooch in Knutsford? Try the Travelodge Knutsford M6 (Knutsford, WA16 0TL, www.travelodge.co.uk), a straightforward hotel just off the M6 and about a 5 miles drive from Tatton Park. The rooms include free WiFi, tea and coffee making, free parking and bright rooms. They also allow dogs in some rooms.
The Cross Keys (52 King Street, Knutsford, WA16 6DT, www.crosskeysknutsford.co.uk) is a centrally located hotel set in a converted coaching house and stables of a half-timbered 18th century inn. Not only is it dog friendly, you’ll also benefit from WiFi access and tea and coffee making facilities in this down-to-earth hotel.
Another dog friendly place to lay your head is Pickmere Country Guest House (Park Lane, Pickmere, Knutsford, WA16 0JX, www.pickmerehouse.co.uk) where for a small additional charge your dog can stay with you with direct access to a small garden and walkies around the lake in the village. They can meet the resident pooch Monty, a 6 year old collie/Labrador cross.
So there you have it, just a few reasons why we think Knutsford is a great, dog friendly location to visit – there’s something for everyone whether you have a pampered pooch or an active animal that needs tired out!