Where are the best dog friendly holidays in the UK?

Posted by Sapphire. January 17th 2014.

Having a dog can be a dilemma when heading off on holiday: you want to take the whole family but you don’t want to put the dog in kennels. And after all, your dog is as much a part of the family as anyone else. The perfect solution is a destination that can be enjoyed by both owners and dogs.

Here are some beauty spots in the UK that are great for dog friendly holidays.

Family pet holidays

The Forest of Dean

Spanning the counties of Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Monmouthshire, the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley is a scenic spot to enjoy walks and bike rides. You can book a dog friendly holiday cottage for the week and there are plenty of beautiful walks to keep the dogs happy while you’re there.

While there are castles to be visited by the humans, there are also other attractions that are dog friendly. The Dean Forest Railway allows dogs to ride too giving you a great way to explore the area.

Dartmoor National Park

Dartmoor is an area of Moorland in South Devon and makes a great alternative to a Devon beach holiday with your dog. There’s so much to do in the area; from climbing and canoeing to visiting the ancient settlements.

For the dogs there are endless walks to be enjoyed and plenty of rivers to dip in and out of to wear them out. Follow this up with a relaxing afternoon of food and drink in a dog friendly pub.

Lake District

In the North West of England, the Lakes are beautiful and mountainous. There are craggy hilltops and shimmering lakes aplenty to explore with your dog. Why not take a boat cruise on one of the lakes or visit a picturesque Lakeland village?

If you enjoy visiting country houses Muncaster Castle, Sizergh Castle and Levens Hall all allow dogs in the grounds, but not in the house. Grizedale Forest Parks and Visitor centre allows dogs in the Forest Park and the Lake District National Park visitor centre at Brockhole on Windermere makes dogs welcome if they are kept on a lead at all times.

Norfolk Broads

For a summer holiday destination the Norfolk Broads are glorious; hike around the area with the dogs and then take to the waterways on a pet friendly boat. The broads are a network of rivers and lakes between Norfolk and Suffolk which cover 303 square kilometres. You’ll want to explore on the water for hours on a sunny afternoon, pulling up at riverside pubs along the way for refreshments.

Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park

If you fancy a Scottish break, this area has something for everyone. It is the fourth largest National Park in Britain and is quite simply stunning. The walking is varied and can be quite challenging.

Ben Lomond and The Cobbler are two mountains, which attract a lot of serious hikers, whereas the Falls of Dochart are better for the intermediate.

It is a dog-friendly area and they will love to explore as much as you do, enjoying the wide open spaces and swimming in the lochs.

Remember, if you have Argos Dog Insurance and your dog becomes unwell or is injured whilst you are on holiday the vetfone nurses are ready to help and advise you on your pet’s health and well-being anytime day or night. They can even find the nearest vet for you. The number is in your policy booklet. Why not get it now and load it on your phone.

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