Written by Sasha Preece-Henderson (@falinetheminidachshund)
I feel very fortunate to have grown up and live in the West Midlands. Living in the heart of England has always meant travelling to other parts of the beautiful country has been fairly convenient. While there is no competition, I have always been just as fond of the locations surrounding me, as the ones further a far. Especially ones that provide a fun day out for everyone, including dogs.
Whether you live in or around, or are plan of travelling to the West Midlands, I’ve made this list of my personal top five places to visit and have a great day out with your canine best friends.
Stratford upon Avon
Stratford upon has always been a favourite place of mine to visit, in fact it was where we took Faline for her first ever walk. Most famous for being the birthplace and home of William Shakespeare, Stratford upon Avon is a brilliant place to visit. Whether you enjoy the historic aspect, the beautiful walks, the options of many places selling yummy food or having a nose around the shops, Stratfor upon Avon has something for everyone.
Evesham is another town that provides a great day out. You can always guarantee you’ll see lots of dogs sat outside cafés especially in the warmer weather. While the town offers shopping and food, my personal favourite part of the town to take Faline, is the park. It offers such a beautiful walk down through the church. Evesham is also a great place to take kids in the summer, the small water park being a personal favourite of mine as a child.
Bourton on the Water
Bourton on the water is probably the most pictures of the places I’ve mentioned. Nicknamed sometimes as ‘The Venice of the Cotswolds’ because of its five bridges over the river. Which is one of the best parts of the place in my opinion. In warm weather kids and dogs all get in the river for a paddle. Bourton on the water has lots individual shops, rather than chain shops and dogs are even allowed in a few of them.
Broadway is another great day out. Also residing in the Cotswolds. Broadway is also home to Broadway tower where dogs are welcome. Broadway is dominated by a wide main street lined with independent shops, restaurants, hotels and plenty of antique shops. Another favourite of mine is the pet shop in Broadway, where dogs are of course welcome.
Worcester is home to many shops, cafés and restaurants. Obviously with Worcester being the only City on this list, it is the largest and busiest, so if you prefer city days out this one is for you. It’s great place to have a stroll around. Worcester Cathedral is also magnificent to have a look at, even if you don’t go in. The river is my personal favourite place to walk Faline in Worcester.
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