UK Holiday Doggy Destinations

4th March 2020
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UK Holiday Doggy Destinations

When it’s holiday-time and you are thinking of taking your doggy to UK hot-spots to enjoy.

There are countless pet-friendly cottages dotted around the country as well as many tourist attractions to which four-legged friends at welcome. Some of these include:

Cornwall (Generally)

Cornwall is a popular UK holiday destination. It will certainly have your dog wagging its tail because a large percentage of its main attractions welcome pets with open arms. Cornwall’s sub-tropical climate makes it a comfortable year-round destination and it has a large number of dog-friendly beaches. There are 51 beaches spread across the county that welcome dogs! Swimming is something of a tradition throughout this South West region so why not take the plunge? If not on the beach, your doggy will also enjoy Cornwall’s many scenic trails. Dogs on leads are even welcome at major holiday attractions such as:

  • The Eden project where they can explore miles of outdoor pathways.
  • Bodmin Jail is another dog-friendly attraction and even allows them access to the Exhibition areas, the Gift Shop and the Tea Room.
  • Take your pet for a train ride on the Bodmin & Wenford Railway. Not only can they board the trains but they also have unrestricted access throughout the station area. However, they are not allowed to visit the bar and dining areas while enjoying the train ride. 
  • Introduce your pet to Tintagel Castle and enjoy dramatic ocean views. There is also a dog-friendly beach café. Just keep your pet on a lead.
  • Dogs are also welcome at Pendennis Castle. Enjoy the views, historic exhibitions and round off the trip at the tea room. Keep your four-legged friend on a lead.
  • The Lost Gardens of Heligan also welcome dogs on leads. Here your pet can enjoy a stroll among the 200 acres dissected by miles of pathways.

North Wales and Snowdonia (Generally)

Another magical holiday destination is North Wales which also offers a fantastic variety of dog-friendly getaways. Here are just two of many adventures you can enjoy together with your pet.

  • Your doggy can accompany you to the region’s highest peak – Snowdon. If that’s too physically testing, then just as rewarding is a visit to the Snowdonia National Park where dogs on leads are welcome.
  • From mountain peaks to the bowels of the earth – what about taking your doggy on a visit to the Victorian Sygun Copper Mine? Exploring the underground tunnels will no doubt be a huge success on your canine’s holiday hit-list.

Lake District, Cumbria (Generally)

The Lake District has been awarded the Kennel Club’s top prize in the Great Outdoors category of the ‘Be Dog Friendly Awards’ two years running. There’s lots to explore here with your pooch, including the Ravenglass and Eskdale steam railway in the south-western corner of the Lake District, which welcomes dogs on board for a small fee. Dogs are also welcome to take a free cruise around Lake Windermere.

Park Foot Lake, near Ullswater, Cumbria

A caravan site with gorgeous views over the banks of Ullswater, which is the second largest lake in the Lake District. There are even opportunities to be adventurous and learn to sail a dinghy.

Mallards Pike, Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

Not only is Mallards Pike dog friendly all year round, but it is also easily accessible for pushchairs and wheelchairs. As well as having multiple picnic spots looking over beautiful lakes with dedicated ‘doggy beach’ sections. There are also numerous routes for a range of walks, running and cycling constructed by the Forestry Commission.

Bracelands, Coleford, Gloucestershire

A vast but meticulously managed site run by the Forestry Commission, deep in the heart of the Forest of Dean. Nearby Symonds Yat is great for walking and kayaking, and is also dog friendly.

Amberley Museum, West Sussex

Amberley Museum and Heritage Centre is devoted to the industrial heritage of the South East, surrounded by a stunning 36-acre National Park. This stunning place was voted by the nation as the most dog-friendly day out winner for 2016 (Kennel Club’s Be Dog-Friendly Awards). A free bus and train service is provided for both you and your fluffy companion to enjoy travelling around the site with ease.

Coastal Caravan Park, East Preston, West Sussex

A small seaside village with a campsite consisting of 10 pitches, there are three pubs in the village all serving food and local ales. Situated in East Preston, between Littlehampton/Rustington to the west, and Worthing/Brighton to the east

Arlington Court, Devon

Arlington Court is a tranquil family estate with over 30-acres of beautiful gardens, rich with wildlife as well as Arlington House and its collections. After your walk, why not treat yourself to a selection of over 15 types of homemade cakes, biscuits and freshly baked scones.

Little Meadow, Ilfracombe, North Devon

This low-impact site is a haven along the favoured Ilfracombe coastline, with stunning views overlooking Watermouth Bay and Hangman Point.

Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire

One of the best ways to explore the beautiful 3,800 acres of Clumber Park is with your fluffy companion, as dogs are welcome in all of the outdoor areas, as well as having indoor space devoted to your pooch for relaxing after a long walk. The park is full of picnic spots, whether you prefer a lakeside view, wide open spaces or a more secluded spot where you can enjoy some peace and quiet.

Riverdale Country Park, near the River Trent, Nottinghamshire

Set in a stunning location near the River Trent, you will be welcomed with a warm and friendly atmosphere. There are many restaurants and bars within walking distance and Nottingham is a short drive. The perfect location for walks by the river, fishing, canoeing and boat trips. 

Pobbles Bay and Three Cliffs Bay, Gower

Known as one of the most picturesque bays in the Gower, situated next to the Three Cliffs Bay, this beautiful sandy beach is dog-friendly all year round with plenty for them to discover. Enjoy your walk whilst soaking up the stunning coastal sights. As this beach is surrounded by cliffs, the closest parking is at Penmaen which has a free car park in a small lay-by on the south side of the road.

Dan-yr-Ogof Caravan and Camping Park, Glyntawe, Swansea

A top spot for families, with a “Dinosaur Park” and petting farm surrounded by limestone mountain caves covered in stalactites and stalagmites. The site has been awarded the 2017 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award for things to do in Pen-y-cae.

Bamburgh Beach, Northumberland

Dogs are welcome all year with no restrictions on this stunning golden, sandy beach, which was named the most dog-friendly beach of 2016 at the Kennel Club’s Be Dog-Friendly Awards. The majestic castle dominates the skyline behind the beach, and the world’s first-ever lifeboat was developed and tested here.

Ord House Country Park, Berwick-upon-Tweed

Set in 42 tree-lined acres, offering a mixture of privately owned static homes, and touring and camping pitches. An abundance of amenities including a bar and restaurant, play park, caravan accessory shop and award-winning toilet and shower blocks with baths.

Newgale Sands, Pembrokeshire

This beautiful beach with rugged coastal scenery, spanning three miles, is one of Wales’s ‘Blue Flag’ beaches, meaning it has the highest certification for quality, facilities and cleanliness. The southern section is dog-friendly all year round, with restrictions between 1 May and 30 September on the northern third of the beach.

Whitesands Beach, St David’s, Pembrokeshire

The stunning beachside location makes this site popular with surfers who can check out the conditions from their tents before deciding whether or not to take the plunge. This site is all about the beautiful view from your caravan.

Sandymouth, Cornwall

Sandymouth is a two-mile long National Trust Beach which offers 200 car parking spaces at the top of the cliff. This lovely beach welcomes dogs all year round. It has its own waterfall and surf-hire, as well as a seasonal cafe with toilets.

Wooda Farm Holiday Park, Bude, Cornwall

A site for families and couples on the Devon/Cornwall border, run by the same family since 1975. The beautiful site is set in the countryside, but also by the sea, which is perfect for those who can’t decide between a countryside or beach holiday. Onsite activities include fishing, golf, a sports barn, a farm and nature trails. 

Holkham Bay, Norfolk

Holkham is a stunning dog-friendly beach and part of the National Nature Reserve, with no restrictions all year round. There are multiple walking routes you can take dependent on how far you want to go. You could even join the Norfolk Coastal Path for an even longer walk and change of setting. Holkham Beach can be accessed via Lady Anne’s Drive on the A149 (opposite the Victoria Inn).

Clippesby Hall, Clippesby, Norfolk

This breath-taking site, winner of the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award in 2016, is arranged around a manor house, and facilities include a swimming pool, tennis courts and mini-golf. A great place to stay for exploring the north Norfolk coast. 

Doggy Check-List

In closing, just a quick check-list of what to do and pack for your doggy’s  holiday.

  • Updated doggy ID
  • Food and water bowls
  • Leash
  • Toys
  • Medications
  • Winter coats
  • Bedding
  • Brush and comb
  • Shampoo
  • Poop bags
  • Treats

Enjoy your time!