It’s always a lovely time of the year when you can kick back, take a break, and set off to a wonderful location in the UK to relax, explore and unwind. Whether it is a bank holiday weekend, a full blown holiday, or just a road trip to somewhere you’ve always fancied checking out, a change of scenery always does you good. But what about your most gorgeous of canine friends? Do they not get to come along with you and broaden their horizons? Of course they do!
Taking your dog to a beautiful location in the UK is perfectly doable and, let’s face it, it just wouldn’t be the same without them. All you need to do is fire up the internet machine and get exploring! But, because we’re handy like that, we’ve decided to get the ball rolling with a few ideas of our own of dog friendly destinations to visit in the UK this year.
Cotswold Wildlife Park
Set in 160 acres of gorgeous parkland, Cotswold wildlife park is a haven for all sorts of animals, including giraffes, zebras, lions, giant tortoise, crocodiles, red pandas, not to mention 130 different species of birds, so they will certainly welcome one more animal visitor! As well as being a great place for the kids, there are some lovely gardens which are perfect for peaceful dog walks.
Whether you prefer to go for a cosy farmhouse or a luxury hotel, Wiltshire has dog friendly places aplenty for you to go and enjoy. With lovely rolling hills, cute, picturesque villages with dog friendly pubs, historic stone circles, canal paths, there will be lots for both you and your dog to enjoy!
North Yorkshire Moors
Given that this is the area in the UK with the highest concentration of pet friendly properties, this area has to be up there when it comes to potential destinations for you and your dog. Perfectly blending pretty moorlands and fantastic coastal scenery, this area combines plenty of options of places to stay with a similar abundance of wonderful walks.
Another great option if you want to take your dog on some stunning coastal walks is South Wales. Rhossili Bay for example has been voted on many lists as one of the most beautiful beaches not only in the UK but in Europe. We’re sure that your dog would agree!
Dorset is packed full of dog friendly spots now, as it has for a long time been one of the best locations for short trips away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. With lots of dog friendly pubs, inns, and cottages to rent, there will be plenty of choice for places to eat, drink, walk and rest in this area. Although pleasant weather isn’t assured (as is only right for the lovely land of the UK!) its position on the south coast means that, if the summer does bring nice weather to England, it will be especially nice in Dorset and the surrounding areas.
Peak District and Lake District
If yomping across awe-inspiring hill and valley landscapes is your bag (and your dog’s!) then either the Lake District or the Peak District could be an ideal location. There are plenty of sizeable accommodation options if you want to book a week away, whether for a romantic retreat, a family holiday, or a trip with friends out into nature. With the main attraction being breath-taking long walks, it is practically doggy bliss!
If you are looking to visit a similarly beautiful destination in Scotland that will be just as enjoyable for your dog as it will be for you, then why not take a trip to the stunning Loch Lomond? Just on the boundary of the Scottish Highlands, it is an astonishing place to explore. Also, with its southernmost shores being around 14 miles from Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city, and one of the UK’s most exciting cultural hubs, you can let your dog stretch their legs in the vast open expanses and then take a stroll through the vibrant city streets all in one weekend.