If you’re planning to get away over the holidays but aren’t sure what to do with your dog, don’t despair. There are lots of locations across Britain where your hound will be just as happy and welcomed as the rest of the family. For top tips on where to go for some winter wonderland wandering, keep reading.
U.K. travel spots for dogs
1.) Though it’s a long haul from most of the rest of Britain, the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is well worth the effort, for both people and pooches. With some of the most breathtaking beaches and cliff walks to miles of secluded forests, it’s an area not to be missed. The beach at Barafundle Bay is particularly beautiful, but entails some fairly difficult climbs, so be sure you and your companion are up for it. Afterward, the Stackpole Inn offers both a warm welcome and some of the best food in Wales. Dogs are allowed in the pub, but check with the inn for information about accommodation.
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2.)Combine birdwatching with a good romp through some stunning scenery by visiting north Norfolk, where Holkham beach seems to stretch endlessly toward the sea. Pine forests give way to sand dunes before the tidal marshes open up under the vaunted “big skies” of Norfolk. It’s no wonder birders come from around the world to this outpost, but keep in mind they may get twitchy (no pun intended) if there’s a rare breed in the skies, so keep your a lead handy. After a brisk stroll, head inland to the charming Victoria Inn, which welcomes dogs, or catch the Coasthopper bus with your pooch and jump on and off at any of the scenic villages along the coastal road.
3.) For the energetic walker and four-legged companions, the Long Mynd hills in Shropshire are enchanting any time of the year. The area is a haven for walkers and those with an interest in wildlife and history, and dog owners are well catered for. The delightful valley village of Church Stretton is a good base where visitors can stock up on supplies and trail maps, or rest weary legs in a number of friendly pubs and cafes. Nearby, the Small Batch campsite is perfectly placed for a stride along a gurgling mountain stream and up into the bracken-covered hills, while the Ragleth Inn pub, a short walk from your tent, welcomes polite dogs to its cosy hearth.
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4.) The Peak District offers a variety of walking options, from gentle meadow strolls to scrambling and serious rock climbing. But beware as winter can hit hard in these hills, landing inexperienced walkers and drivers in trouble. The bustling Derbyshire village of Tideswell, a few miles from Buxton, is worth visiting in its own right but also has options for visiting dogs, including the cute Old Piggery. More than just a self-catering cottage, the Old Piggery’s website says it “truly welcome[s] dogs. They deserve a holiday as much as you,” which is why everything from bowls and towels to homemade dog treats are provided, according to a review from Your Dog magazine.
5.) Do you want to be immersed in the wilderness of the Highlands? Attempt the challenge of Ben Nevis? Experience the salt-stung exhilaration of the Isle of Skye or the surrounding Inner Hebrides? Get started at The Old Inn at Gairloch, a dog-friendly pub and rooms “where mountains meet the sand.” The inn boasts outstanding food and views, live music and the perfect starting point for wildlife walks, whale watching boat trips and everything northern Scotland has to offer. Ideal for the dog that needs a break from the hustle and bustle!
What are your favorite U.K. travel spots for dogs?