Country Cottages: Best Places for a Dog-Friendly Break

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Exmoor National Park

Planning your summer travels in Britain and want to take your precious pooch along with you? The experts at Country Cottages have rounded up the best places for a dog-friendly break in the UK

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Best places for a dog-friendly break in the UK by Country Cottages

For lots of pet owners, leaving our pet pooch at home whilst we enjoy a cottage holiday in the UK is simply unthinkable. Pets are precious, and shh don’t tell, but many of us prefer our pets to our partners!  So holiday without them? No way! The good news though is that being a nation of pet lovers, the UK is home to many dog-friendly holiday homes and plenty of pet-friendly holiday destinations.

So, if you want to take your pooch on holiday where are the best places to holiday in Britain?

Whether you want to discover coast or countryside, there’s a great choice of options for you to explore with your four-legged friend in Britain, we will guide you to some of the best locations. You can also browse a wide selection of pet-friendly accommodation here. 

Get Tails Wagging in Aberdeenshire

Cruden Bay. Aberdeenshire

Off the beaten track, Aberdeenshire in Scotland can be perfect for a holiday with your pooch. The quaint village of Cruden Bay with its long stretch of golden sandy beach is a wonder to explore with your dog and you can happily take your dog to Aberdeen’s sandy beach too.

You can also enjoy exploring country parks and nature reserves in Aberdeenshire; both Balmedie Country Park and St Cyrus National Nature Reserve allow dogs.

Aberdeenshire is also of course known for its castles. At Crathes Castle you are allowed to walk your dog around the gardens (although chasing squirrels is not allowed!) and also at Balmoral Castle, much-loved holiday home of the Royal Family, on the days when the castle is open to the public, dogs are welcome in the grounds.

Discover Dartmoor National Park, Historical Attractions and Dog-Friendly Beaches Galore in Devon

Dartmoor National Park

With more dog-friendly beaches than both Cornwall and Dorset, Devon is a superb part of the West Country to explore with your pooch. What’s more, Devon is home to an impressive 76 dog-friendly beaches, a number of which are pet-friendly year round.

If countryside is more your thing, Devon is also of course home to Dartmoor National Park, and Exmoor National Park, where you can walk with your pet in lush greenery.  Do remember though to keep dogs on a lead during lambing and ground nesting bird season.

Also worth sniffing out whilst in Devon is Agatha Christie’s previous home; Greenway House where dogs are welcome in the garden, boathouse, shop and café, but must be kept on a lead.

If you are a history buff then don’t miss Totnes Castle, both for its impressive historical appeal and its impressive setting, high above the medieval town of Totnes by the River Dart, and dogs on leads are welcome to step back in time here too.

Northumberland Unleashed, Discover the Northumbrian Coastline with 31 Dog-Friendly Beaches and the Glorious National Park

Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland

Northumberland is home to gorgeous Northumberland National Park, as well as 31 dog-friendly beaches.

Right up in the north of England, head to Northumberland with your pooch and you can discover big wide skies, the road less travelled, as well as stunning sandy beaches. Bamburgh beach with the imposing castle set above the sands, is iconic and dog-friendly year round.

Head to Northumbria’s National Park and soak up the scenery with your pet in tow. Kielder Water and Forest Park is home to miles and miles of good dog-friendly trails.

Paw-Friendly Coastline Aplenty in Pembrokeshire

Barafundle Bay, Pembrokeshire

Pembrokeshire is home to an amazing 81 dog friendly beaches! With dramatic cliffs, sandy beaches, and picturesque coves, the Pembrokeshire coast is just stunning and there are miles and miles of paths to explore with your pooch along the Pembrokeshire Coast Path.  Enjoy walkies with your pet along Freshwater East Beach with its stretch of sandy shores, and beautiful Barafundle Bay where you can enjoy plenty of vitamin sea.

Step back in time at Pembroke Castle with your furry friend where dogs (and owners of course!) are welcome to walk around the grounds and the castle (pooches aren’t allowed in the gift shop but are elsewhere in the castle).

Pembrokeshire is home to plenty of dog-friendly pubs too so you and your pooch can be assured of a warm welcome in this part of Wales.

Discover God’s Own Country with your Pooch

Whitby Abbey, Yorkshire

Yorkshire is home to two national parks; the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors, with countryside and walking trails galore, making this a great place to discover with your pup. Yorkshire boasts a stunning coastline too, so whether you want coast or countryside, Yorkshire has it all.

What’s more, some of Yorkshire’s best known attractions are pet-friendly; Whitby Abbey which stands high atop a cliff overlooking the iconic seaside town of Whitby welcomes dogs on leads, so you can both happily explore together. Also nearby, is the gorgeous historic fishing village of Robin Hood’s Bay. This village’s amazing stretch of sandy beach is dog-friendly year round.

For pet-friendly holiday accommodation in the above parts of the UK and elsewhere, find a great choice of dog-friendly cottages on offer from and get planning your pooch-friendly break.

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