Going on holiday with your dog can be a fun and rewarding experience. However, it can also be a little tricky. You need to consider location – will your dog be comfortable in a thriving city? What about travelling?
It can also be difficult to find a location that accepts pets. Many holiday homes and hotels don’t allow dogs, and when you’re out and about, some cafes and shops also don’t allow pets. You probably don’t want to bring your dog on holiday only to have to leave them in the accommodation every day.
It’s also important to make sure your planned holiday accommodation will cater to your pet. Some cottages and hotels have a weight limit, or a limit to the number of dogs you can bring. This is something you’ll definitely want to consider if you’re travelling with large or multiple dogs.
So, let’s talk about some dog-friendly places you can take your dog on holiday this year.
The Lake District
The Lake District is often considered the Holy Grail of beauty and scenery in the UK. More importantly for dog owners, it’s also very dog friendly. There are plenty of cottages available that welcome dogs, and many of these cottages are strategically placed near to beautiful hiking trails.
There are many historic sites to check out, and dogs are welcome at most of them.
If you and your dog love going on long, scenic walks together, the Lake District could be your best bet. However, be sure to do your research before booking, especially if you’re travelling with multiple dogs!
The North East
The North East can be an overlooked area for holidaymakers, except when they travel through to get to Scotland! However, the North East has scenery to rival any other beauty spot in the UK, and if you’re looking for an area where people love and welcome your pets, this is the place to go.
There’s plenty of destinations to choose from, including countryside locations like Tyne and Wear, Northumberland, and the Yorkshire dales. In fact, the highest concentration of pet friendly accommodations can be found in the North York Moors.
Dog friendly beaches can be difficult to find, but if that’s what you’re looking for, Dorset is the holiday destination for you. There are beautiful holiday cottages available, each with a fascinating history behind them – but dog friendly, too!
Just like most of the locations we’ve discussed, dogs are welcome at many of Dorset’s famous attractions; provided they behave themselves, of course!
An iconic location that boasts picturesque villages and beautiful sights, the Cotswolds can offer a relaxing, peaceful stay. Aside from dog friendly cottages, you can also find pubs and the occasion café that allows well-behaved dogs.
The Cotswolds is the number one destination for dog owners.
If you and your dog love long, hilly hikes, Snowdonia is an absolute must. Aside from offering dog friendly locations, the attraction here is the famous Mount Snowdon.
Standing at 1085m at its peak, there are several trails to the summit – and dogs are welcome! It’s important to make sure that you and your dog are fit and prepared for the hike, and you will need to keep your dog on a lead. However, a hike to the top of a mountain will be an experience neither of you will ever forget.
Cornwall offers all the usual dog friendly attractions. You can find pet friendly hotels and cottages, scenic walks, parks, and cafes that allow dogs. But Cornwall offers a little extra something: warmth!
The previously mentioned locations may be beautiful, but they can also be a little chilly. If you and your dog hate the cold, Cornwall tends to stay warmer than the rest of the country for most of the year. It also offers dog friendly beaches, and dogs are welcome at many of Cornwall’s major attractions.
The Peak District
If going out for a pint with your dog is a must, the Peak District may be the place for you. While it offers fabulous trails to explore with your pet, there are also around 100 pubs that allow dogs.
This can be a perfect end to a long and tiring walk!
There are other historic attractions available, and dogs on leads are more than welcome.
With a little preparation, you can easily take your beloved pet along with you on holiday. After all, our dogs are part of our family, so they should be part of the family holidays, too!