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Cotswolds dog friendly pub with bed and breakfast

The Wychwood Inn is the Cotwolds’ most dog friendly pub and country inn.

We have two dog friendly areas within our traditional Cotswold pub. With their dog at their feet, our guests can enjoy their favourite tipple, relish a delicious meal or enjoy a small bar snack.

Dogs are welcome to stay over night too - taking advantage of our ‘bed and breakfast’ facilities. Furry friends can sleep in the room for a small fee.

We know some dogs and their owners can’t be separated - even during breakfast. We are happy to lay a breakfast table in our dog friendly areas, if you let us know of your requirements when you check in.

The Wychwood Inn provides little extras for all types of canines - dog biscuits are provided on the bar, and water bowls can be found outside the entrance to our main bar area. Perfectly placed for tired pups, after a long Cotswold walk.

We allow dogs in the large garden area as well but we do ask you to be vigilant in cleaning up after them.

A public playing field is situated just opposite our building - perfect for a short morning stroll, or some evening exercise.

Dog Friendly Cotswolds
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Shipton-under-Wychwood dog walks

Surrounded by rolling hills and Cotswold villages and towns, Shipton-under-Wychwood is just fantastic for dog walks.

We politely remind you that dogs must be kept on a lead on land where livestock is present.

There are a number of circular walks which take you to the neighbouring villages and back to The Wychwood Inn for a well deserved rest with a cup of tea, world wine or a local ale.

Guests have use The Wychwood Inn’s folder, dedicated to the lovely countryside walks in the local area.

We also provide two example walks below. Please always take a map with you on your walk - The Wychwood Inn cannot guarantee directions or that paths are visible.

Dog walks in the Cotswolds

Shipton-under-Wychwood to Foxholes and Lyneham - 8.9k

  • From The Wychwood Inn cross the road and turn right on the main road, following it passed the playing field on your left.
  • Take your first left called ‘Meadow Lane’.
  • Walk straight along this road, don’t turn off. At the very end you will come to a bridge, which marks the start of a mud lane.
  • Walk along the lane to the furthest field, in front of you. At this field turn left, you will be walking up hill with a large field on your right.
  • At the top of the hill, when the hedgerow ends, turn right.
  • Walk straight, you will follow the bridal way through 2 gateways. There is often livestock in these fields.
  • You will eventually reach a country road.
  • Cross the road into more fields, and continue to Bruern Woods. Dogs should be on leads in the woods due to the amount of wildlife.
  • There are a number of ways around the wood, but the easiest is to stick to the bridal way, go straight through the woods on a large open pathway.
  • When the woods end, carry on over a couple of fields. There are a few paths here, so it gets confusing, but you basically need to head towards the country road in Bruern.
  • Cross the road to find the path (if you can’t see it on the other side of the road, turn left on the road and look for it on your right).
  • Again, continue straight until you reach the path through the trees. Continue. You will arrive in Foxholes.
  • Here turn right.
  • Follow the path, next to the river Evenlode, then cross the river, and you start to come back towards Shipton-under-Wychwood.
  • You will walk by the side of a train track, and then cross the track to the other side, following the path so that the train track is to your right.
  • The path will take a sharp left then a right, around a small wooded area.
  • Now you can easily follow the path straight, over the same country road as before then across The Wychwood Golf Club, towards Lyneham.
  • On the other side of the Golf Club you should reach Priory Lane which you need to follow to the end.
  • Take a right on Priory Road, then enter the fields once again on your left as soon as you can.
  • Cross one field that is usually home to horses.
  • The next field can be confusing because it sometimes has a path around it, following the hedgerow, or sometimes it is cut into the crop, and goes diagonally across. You are looking for a bridge, crossing a little brook, which is within a small wooded part/hedge.
  • In the next field keep going straight, hedge row on your right, until you get to the railway line and go under the railway bridge.
  • Carry on straight, over a white, metal bridge, and you are in the very first field, just a different corner. Don’t go right, go straight, then you will eventually meet the mud lane once more, and can make your way back to The Wychwood Inn for a well deserved drink.

Click here for a map of the Shipton-Lyneham walk

Shipton-under-Wychwood, Foxholes to Milton-under-Wychwood dog walk - 13k

  • From The Wychwood Inn cross the road and turn right on the main road, following it passed the playing field on your left.
  • Take your first left called ‘Meadow Lane’.
  • Walk straight along this road, don’t turn off. At the very end you will come to a bridge, which marks the start of a mud lane.
  • Walk along the lane to the furthest field, in front of you. At this field turn left, you will be walking up hill with a large field on your right.
  • At the top of the hill, when the hedgerow ends, turn right.
  • Walk straight, you will follow the bridal way through 2 gateways. There is often livestock in these fields. You will eventually reach a country road.
  • Cross the road into more fields, and continue to Bruern Woods. Dogs should be on leads in the woods due to the amount of wildlife.
  • There are a number of ways around the wood, but the easiest is to stick to the bridal way, go straight through the woods on a large open pathway.
  • When the woods end, carry on over a couple of fields. There are a few paths here, so it gets confusing, but you basically need to head towards the country road in Bruern.
  • Cross the road to find the path (if you can’t see it on the other side of the road, turn left on the road and look for it on your right).
  • Continue straight, the path eventually goes through the trees. There will be two paths going off to the left, take the second (although both do go to Fifield).
  • You are in Foxholes and if you have taken the correct path, you will pass the Foxholes car park.
  • The track now continues straight for some time going back into the wood, until you will arrive at a crossroad in the paths. Take the one on your left.
  • Walk as far as you can (200m), then take a right.
  • Look for a turning on your left hand side (600m) and take that, following it until you reach the junction, then turn left.
  • You’ll follow this path for a while, coming out of the woods and following a tree covered track. Eventually you would reach Fifield. If you don’t want to go into the village take a left through a field about 100 metres before the tarmacked road.
  • At the corner of that field, find the gate amongst the trees, then cross the field to the hedgerow directly in front. Head diagonally across the field to the corner of that field.
  • Head left for a very short time on a farm track, then find the following the brook.
  • In the next field follow the hedgerow, keeping it on your left.
  • Continue diagonally across the field until you arrive at a country road.
  • Go left, along the country road until, on your right (the other side of the road) you can join the farm track through the fields again, which is quite obvious.
  • You are now headed toward Milton-under-Wychwood.
  • One path starts to veer off to the left along the hedgerow, don’t take that. Take the straight path headed straight across the field.
  • At the next field you will start to see the village in front of you, and the path leads you between the buildings. You will arrive on Milton-under-Wychwood high street, a very quiet village.
  • Take a left, following the high street the the corner, you will see a large playing field in front of you. Follow the road around to the right, you are heading back to The Wychwood Inn.
  • Follow the path, next to the road through the villages for about 20 minutes, and you will arrive on the corner where The Wychwood Inn rests.

Click here for a map of the Shipton-Milton walk

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