We all need a break now and then, and why should your pet pooch miss out on the fun? Bringing your dog along for the ride helps keep everyone’s spirits high, no matter where you go or what the weather brings. Together, we look after some 12 million of them in the UK – and, in many ways, they look after us too.
Whether through daily walks, cuddles, or their presence alone, dogs can boost our physical and mental wellbeing significantly. You might have to reassess your finances to keep them healthy and comfortable. For many of us, our pets are more than worth it.
Taking them away isn’t always easy, though there are plenty of places in the UK that cater to furry friends and their families. So if you’re busy planning your next staycation, add these five destinations to your list.
The Lake District
The rolling hills of the Lake District are perfect for active dogs and keen walkers. Many pubs, lodges, and hotels here are more than accommodating. If you can, avoid peak times to save your dog weaving in and out of crowds.
The Lake District National Park was one of the UK’s most visited before the pandemic, and that was before the staycation boom.
Cornwall is close to many of our hearts, thanks to fond memories of childhood holidays. And with sandy beaches and coastal walks galore, the area is ideal for making new ones with your dog.
Many beaches close to Newquay welcome pets, though you can easily explore further afar too. Even the famous Eden Project is doable with dogs.
The Cotswolds is full of dog-friendly restaurants, bars, and accommodation. This postcard-perfect, south-central region of England straddles six counties and is packed with hilltop walks and ancient villages.
The Cotswold Water Park is especially popular with four-legged friends, and offers miles of footpaths, forested areas and even an inland beach.
God’s Own County, Yorkshire, is home to no fewer than three famous national parks – the North York Moors, the Yorkshire Dales and the Peak District. Each area offers thousands of kilometres of unspoiled landscapes and walks, as well as plenty of castles and attractions for little ones.
Bear in mind that sheep roam free in parts here, and you’ll need to keep your dog on a lead when other animals are nearby.
Pembrokeshire is a charmingly wild portion of Wales, with rugged coastlines and more dog-friendly beaches than you’ll find elsewhere. Barafundle Bay, Newgale Sands and Whitesands Beach are three spots you can’t miss if you and your dog enjoy the fresh air.
Nearby, the latter is the city of St Davids, the smallest city in Britain, which is packed with cafes and takeaways that are happy to cater to furry friends.
Will you and your dog tick off any of these destinations this year?