Holidaying with your family is a great way to get away from the everyday routine and build memories to last a lifetime. However, is a holiday really the same if you can’t take one valued member of the family – your much beloved pet – with you? I know travelling without my right-hand man Jake – the 4-year-old lurcher – just isn’t the same. That’s why I’ve put together a guide on the best English spots to take your dog; no adventure is complete without your pooch.
Before You Travel
Whether you are just travelling locally or coming from farther afield, there are a few things you’ll need to have sorted before taking your furry friend around the best spots in England. A routine visit to the vet a few weeks before you depart is a great way to ensure that your pet is in full health and ready for an adventure. Also, remember that all dogs travelling within the EU are required to have a pet passport from the vet; and, if you haven’t already, make sure your dog is microchipped so that should they stray too far they are easier to trace.
What to Pack
Of course, there are the necessities you need to take when travelling with your dog which include the travel crate, dog food, bed, poo bags, lead and water/food bowl. Also, don’t forget to take toys, treats and grooming supplies – England is often rainy and muddy so your doggy friend will likely need to be cleaned up after long walks or trips to the seaside.
Cornwall, in the south west of England, is one of the most popular destinations for visitors to England – and a great place for dog owners! The weather in this part of the country tends to be milder, making for more pleasant walks for you and your dog. Cornwall is also a particularly dog-friendly county with lots of accommodation which welcomes pet guests. A few places you’ll need to check out while in this part of the country include The Lizard Peninsula – dog-friendly and offers great cliff walks with amazing views, and Holywell Bay – voted one of the best beaches in the UK and dog-friendly all year round.
The Lake District
The Lake District, one of the most beautiful parts of England, is not only a great place for families, it’s also the perfect place to take your dog for an adventure. Head over to Muncaster Castle in the south-west where you can take your dog for free as long as they’re kept on a lead – there are over 70 acres of woodland and gardens to explore! Cruise Lake Windermere and soak up some of the incredible English countryside; dogs are welcome on the cruises free of charge.
The Yorkshire Dales
Looking for stunning walking routes and incredible bucolic landscapes? Then look no farther than the Yorkshire Dales. The Yorkshire Dales offer up the choice of gentle walks following the rivers or meandering across the wild moors and taking in the incredible scenery. Other places in the Yorkshire area that are worth visiting with your furry friend are Skipton Castle – one of the best-preserved medieval castles in the country and Helmsley Walled Garden which is found at the foot of the North York Moors, where dogs are allowed on a lead.
The county of Devon, next to Cornwall in the south west of the country, is another perfect English spot to take your beloved doggy friend. Just like Cornwall, the climate in Devon is milder than much of the country and has stunning countryside and beaches. Beaches such as Saunton Sands and those along the English Riviera are all beautiful and dog-friendly – as long as your dog is good with young children and other dogs. Also, head over to the Victorian Cliff Railway for beautiful views of Devon – plus it’s only £1.50 for a return ticket. The train, powered by water, will take you to North Devon where there are many great little cafes and ice cream shops which welcome dogs.
It’s always important to do your research before you travel. Although there many dog-friendly hotels in the UK, there are often still strict rules in place. Before you visit, make sure your breed of dog is welcome, whether they need to be on the lead or not and where you can and cannot go with them – such as certain forms of public transportation. When properly prepared you and your furry family member are sure to make memories to last a lifetime – capturing some great photos along the way! Check out Jake strutting his stuff at the top of this article.