ViewRanger celebrates World Animal Day

Posted on 28/09/2016

#WorldAnimalDay is a social movement to raise the status of animals and improve welfare standards around the globe, raising awareness of different animal issues. The World Animal Day organisation has put together a great list of how you can get involved, at any time, here. These include sponsoring an animal, volunteering at a shelter or treating your own pet. 

In celebration, we’ve put together a collection of free, animal-friendly routes in the UK, from bird-watching in Wales to horse riding in Bedford.


Wilden Reservoir, Bedford1. Wilden Reservoir, Bedford (FREE)

Type: Horse Riding
Difficulty: Medium
Length: 10 miles
By Tilly Vesely

A long, relaxing ride around Wilden Reservoir, starting at Colmworth Golf Course. End your tranquil ride with a coffee in the on-site café.

Best for: Relaxing riding
Download this route here


Red Kites2. Cors Caron, Tregaron, Wales (FREE)

Type: Mountain Biking
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 14.23 miles
By Ian Thomas

A short, easy bike ride which circles the Cors Caron National Nature Reserve and is great for bird-watching. You can spot red kites and buzzards; hen harriers and short-eared owls have also been spotted here.

Best for: Bird-watching
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The Wolds, Lincolnshire3. The Wolds, Lincolnshire (FREE)

Type: Walking
Difficulty: Medium
Length: 7.17 miles
By BBC Countryfile Magazine

Take a walk in the heart of the Lincolnshire Wolds, where Alfred, Lord Tennyson spent his early years. Visit the Poet Laureate’s birthplace and childhood hide-outs through quiet roads and footpaths with your furry friend.

Best for: An educational dog walk
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Skomer Island, Pembrokeshire4. Skomer Island, Pembrokeshire (FREE)

Type: Walking
Difficulty: Medium
Length: 3.74 miles
By BBC Countryfile Magazine

Skomer Island is one of the most important wildlife sites in Europe and is home to thousands of seabirds, wild flowers and marine animals, including puffins!

Best for: Britain’s best wildlife
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Northern Ireland - World Animal Day5. Rowallane Garden, Saintfield, Northern Ireland (FREE)

Type: Walking
Difficulty: Medium
Length: 1.01 miles
By Countryside Access and Activities Network/WalkNI

Tranquil and calming, this walk skirts around the famous Rock Garden Wood on the edge of the garden. Popular with both dog walkers and ramblers, this woodland walk was generously funded by donation from the Ulster Gardens Scheme.

Best for: Woodland wandering
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