Best Dog Walking Parks in London -

At the Lodge Hotel in Putney, we are proud to be a dog-friendly hotel in South West London where both you and your four-legged friend are most welcome. We know the importance of walking your dog daily, so we have listed some of the best dog walking parks London has to offer. 

As one of the most populated cities in the world, London is surrounded by a lot of green areas and woodland trails where dogs can run around, play ball, and explore. To maintain the wellbeing of your best friend, off-leash exercise is crucial because it not only provides physical improvement but also because our walking pace is slower than that of a dog. 

There are many good parks to walk dogs in Putney, including Wandsworth Park, Putney Lower Common, Bishops Park and King George’s Park. Dogs are welcome to these parks however they must be on a leash as there are many children’s playgrounds nearby. So find the best parks in London where you can really let the dogs out listed below! 

Hyde Park London

Hyde Park is the most popular and possibly busiest park in London and dogs are warmly welcomed here. Known to be one of London’s eight Royal Parks, Hyde Park creates a wide, rectangular patch of greenery in the heart of London. It is home to many well-known tourist attractions, including the Serpentine Lake, Speakers’ Corner, and the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain. Enjoy the open air with your best pal across 350 acres, which has several areas where dogs can be let off their leash. 

To get to Hyde Park from the Lodge Hotel in Putney, walk to the East Putney Underground Station and take the District Line to Earl’s Court. From Earl’s Court, take the Piccadilly Line to Hyde Park Corner which is only a 4 minute walk away from Hyde Park.

Richmond Park

Adding to another Royal Parkland, Richmond Park has plenty of areas for your dog to explore because it is the largest enclosed area in South West London. This beautiful location requires leashes for dogs, so it’s better to visit this park after your furry friend has had a nice long run. Dog owners need to be conscious of the deer and wildlife in this area because it is London’s largest site of Special Scientific Interest. In order to minimize any potential issues, owners are urged to stay away from the park during the deer rutting (September to October) and birthing (May to July) seasons.


To visit Richmond Park from the Lodge Hotel in Putney, walk to the East Putney Underground Station and take the District Line to Richmond.

Hampstead Heath

Occasionally referred to as ‘Kite Hill’ because of its popularity with Kite flyers, the views of London from the highest north point in the steep Hampstead Heath are second to none. Approximately 100 meters high, and one of the largest parklands in London. 

There are few better ways to spend a Sunday in London than with a stroll on the Heath. There are bathing ponds specifically for dogs, where they can enjoy a dip after a trek across the 320 hectares. Explore with your pupper, fly your kite on Parliament Hill, bring a picnic, and while away your Sunday afternoon.

The Golders Green, Hampstead, Kentish Town (Northern Line) and Hampstead Heath or Gospel Oak (London Overground) are the nearest train stations to Hampstead Heath. There are also several car parks surrounding the parkland.

When visiting Hampstead Heath from the Lodge Hotel London, walk to East Putney Underground Station and take the District Line to Victoria. From Victoria, go to Euston where you can take the Northern Line to Hampstead. Then it is only a short walk to see the impressive views. 


Epping Forest 

As the largest forest in east London, there is plenty of space for you and your pal to roam and explore at Epping Forest. With hundreds of walking trails and lakes, you will not be short of a scenic route when bringing your dog out for a stroll. 

There are several car parks nearby the forest and the closest train stations are Theydon Bois (Central Line) or Chingford (National Rail). For guests of the Lodge Hotel, walk to East Putney Underground Station and take the District Line to Mansion House. From there, take the same line and go to Mile End. At Mile End, take the Central Line to Theydon Bois. 

Battersea Park

Located in south London, Battersea Park is a jewel for walkies as there are dedicated walking areas and ponds specifically for your pup. One of London’s most beautiful urban parks with a mix of open green space, flower gardens, and a boating lake, allowing your dog to enjoy an abundance of different and interesting scents. Not only is the park dog-friendly, but so is the Pear Tree Café, making it the perfect place to have lunch and a puppuccino with your doggo.


For those traveling from The Lodge Hotel, you can walk to the East Putney Underground Station and take the Circle Line to Earl’s Court. From there, take the same line to Sloane Square where Battersea Park is only a short walk across the bridge. 

Tips for Dog Walking in London

We hope you get to visit one of the best dog walking parks in London during your stay at The Lodge Hotel. If you do go dog walking, please remember to bring bags. It is important to clean up after your dog to help keep the city clean and, nobody wants to step in that mess!

While on route to dog walking parks, we advise you to keep your furry friend on a leash. London is a busy city, especially at the stations so it is best to keep your dog on a leash until it is safe to let them run without it. 

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