October 27, 2016

Winter Rambling with your Dog Enjoy walking through the snow with your dog in France

This winter, explore the beauty of the French countryside with your dog and check out some of our favourite walking routes. The colder months bring out another side of Mother Nature’s beauty, which is starkly different to the spring and summer seasons, but serenely picturesque.

From the stunning Brittany countryside, to France’s Jura Department in the east, you’re sure to find somewhere inspiring to explore with your pet this winter. Here are our top winter ramblings to enjoy with your dog.

Quatre Lacs – Jura

A beautiful walk that’s easy to do during any time of year, this route will take you past four stunning lakes in the Jura Department. Just under seven kilometres long, the route can be accessed from the D75 road, and loops around Le Petit Maclu, Le Grand Maclu, Lac de la Motte ou d’Ilay and Lac de Narlay.

Although the route is easy to access, the surrounding woodlands make you feel as though you’re in the deep countryside, and your dog will love exploring the area. It’s a fairly flat route, so you don’t need too much walking experience to enjoy it.

Go walking in a winter wonderland with your pooch.
Go walking in a winter wonderland with your pooch.

Lac du Drennec – Brittany

In northwest France, Brittany is home to several fantastic walking routes for you and your dog. One of our favourites, however, is the journey between Lac du Drennec and the nearby commune of Sizun. Passing the scenic Élorn river, you’ll walk by rolling hillsides, farmland and woods, and might even spot some winter wildlife, such as birds and foxes. Remember, when walking through any farmland, it’s important to keep your dog on a firm lead.

When in Sizun, you’ll find a beautiful church, an old Ossuary and, its most famous structure, the Arc de Triomphe. The route from the lake to Sizun takes about four hours and covers just over eight miles.

Spot pretty winter bird species in the French countryside.
Spot pretty winter bird species in the French countryside.

Cotenin Peninsula – Normandy

An incredibly pretty coastline in Normandy, the Cotenin coastline is packed with brilliant walks for you and your dog to discover together. You can easily explore the peninsula by car, following the scenic coast road, D116, however on foot you’ll get to see the beauty of the Normandy countryside up-close.
Explore the coast between Cherbourg and Barfleur, or enjoy the moderate walk from Barneville to Denneville, where you’ll see beautiful beaches and rocky cliffs by following the coastal path. Other parts worth exploring include the pretty marina at Saint-Vaast-la-Hogue and the stunning Île Tatihou, which can be spotted offshore.

Winter dog walking tip

  • When exploring the countryside, make sure that your dog has a properly fitted collar and ID tags, in case they get lost. 

Visiting France with your pet this winter? It’s easy to travel with your furry friends using Eurotunnel Le Shuttle, and the trip from Folkestone to Calais takes just 35 minutes!


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