Lead The Way: Dog Friendly Getaways For Summer

Lead the way

Paws for thought! You're off to climb Ben Nevis, traverse Hadrian's Wall or discover the South Downs woodlands but you've forgotten your most important piece of kit! Yes, that's right, it's your canine companion!

We've been looking at some dog friendly options for your next walking weekend. From the perfect hotel or Spa break to the pub grub spots and everything in between. It's time to take the lead on planning your next dog friendly getaway.


Langdale Valley, Lake District

Langdale Valley

If your pooch loves the water then the Lake District is a great choice for you.

Running west of Ambleside up into the Langdale Pikes, the Langdale Valley is home to scenic villages, unmissable trails and a whole host of fantastic country pubs. The trails range from easy to difficult with something for everyone including your dog. Tucked away in a green valley, there are walks along tough crags or onto never ending hillsides making it a must visit this summer.

After a long day hiking throughout the Langdale Valley we suggest a retreat to the Cragwood Country House Hotel. Here you'll find pet friendly accommodation on the shores leading down to Lake Windemere. The views are fantastic but the food is even better - Try a savoury or sweet afternoon tea with unlimited tea and coffee.


Alfriston, Polegate, South Downs

Alfriston polegate

Only a stone's throw from the capital, the South Downs are a great option for urban adventures retreating into the hills. Full to the brim with rural villages and a breath taking coastline, the South Downs are home to the Seven Sisters and a whole range of walking trails ready to be explored. We'd recommend a day trip exploring the River Cuckmere and then heading down to the sea for a glimpse at the Chalk Cliffs.

Once you've worn out your walking boots try the Ye Olde Smugglers Inne. A traditional East Sussex's pub which dates back to the 14th century, the pretty village of Alfriston is the perfect back drop for some right good grub alongside a fireside bar which will keep you hydrated even in the summer months

P.S. make sure you check out the Rathfinny Wine Estate for some South Downs vino.


Dartmoor National Park, Devon

Dartmoor national park

It's got sunshine, beaches, coastline and even ancient stone circles! What more could you want for a pet friendly getaway?

If Devon sounds like a great choice for you then the Dartmoor National Park is a must. Here you can legally wild camp and experience the real life outdoors, find your own way across the National Park and really test out that walking gear.

For a good two-day hike head north from the Ivybridge area and up onto the Two Moors Way. From here you'll pass the longest stone row in the world on Erme Plains before heading to Higher Hartor Tor for some fantastic views of the area. It's like a Jane Austen novel!

We'd recommend a night at the Two Bridges Hotel in the heart of Dartmoor with its partnership with Doggy Devon making it a dog friendly place to stop. Here you'll find not only great fishing spots and views of the moors, you'll also be able to treat yourself to some informal British classic dishes from the dinner menu. From a bowl of country veg soup, to the classic fish and chips coat fresh in the day, what's not to love?


Crowden, Peak District

Crowden Peak District

You'll recognise these hill sides from Keira Knightley's Pride and Prejudice. But now, the historical Peak District is often an eerie site to behold with wreckage from the B-29 Superfortress aircraft that crashed here in 1948. The hillsides are sometimes a wash with poppies which creates a fantastic view and a much needed pop of colour to an eerily bleak mountain range.

We'd trekked across the district and decided to call it a day after a 6-mile trek. This meant it was time for a pub tea and The Wheatsheaf really hit the spot. Dog friendly and serving up a delicious menu, we even managed a lemon meringue pie for dessert! Absolute bliss.


Bradgate Park, Leicester, Leicestershire

Bradgate Park

A great choice for those that love the historical side of the British countryside, Leicester is known for its rugby, its cheese and of course its Richard III in the car park.

For a dog friendly retreat into the midlands, Bradgate Park, Leicester is the place to be. Filled with deers, squirrels and other wildlife, it’s the place to let the dogs off the lead and then spend the rest of the day trying to catch them. So a standard Saturday for most of us!

The views here are incredible and the cream teas from the café aren't half bad either!

No matter where your adventures take you this summer, our dog friendly options mean you'll never have to leave your best friend at home again!

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Emma can normally be found walking her dog around Lancashire searching for cake. Determined to see as much of the world as possible, Emma enjoys travelling to new regions especially to ski, sunbathe and soak up the culture. From Lisbon and Barcelona, to Australia and New Zealand, as long as there is some sort of cake on offer, Emma will be happy.

When she's not travelling the world, Emma enjoys walks on the hills, looking after her chickens and trying to be the next Andy Murray on the tennis court.

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Brian 16-07-19 19:15
Do you have walks for older people with an old dog.
Neil 17-07-19 09:13
Hi Brian - thanks for getting in touch.
We can do better than that - tell us what area of the country you want to explore and we'll try to find a local walk for you and the dog to enjoy.


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