• Tori Lynn Crowther

Holiday destinations with the pooch

Planning your summer holidays is stressful, especially when it comes to what to do with your canine companion, do you take them with you or have someone else look after you while you go away. Luckily there are many beautiful, dog friendly places not too far from our own homes. I have jotted down a few of my own personal favourites to get you started.

Yorkshire, the third best place in the world according to the lonely plant (the best place according to every loyal Yorkshire man), by ‘eck its only topped by Kimberley in Australia and Sikkim in India. A lovely place to enjoy the countryside and pubs. You can find many dog friendly beaches.

In North Yorkshire we like Cayton Bay. Popular with surfers and families alike but quite a steep walk to the beach. Lots of camping around, a lovely little dog friendly farm shop just a walk away, close to various dog friendly beaches in Scarborough and Filey.

In East Yorkshire, we like Fraisethorpe Beach, Bridlington. It is not a steep climb to the parking. There is a small dog friendly café and toilets at the beach. It is a 3 mile walk around the coast to Bridlington main beach, where you can get true British Fish and Chips, have a rest and head back.

And I can not forget little old Calderdale, why not try Jerusalem Farm in Luddenden. They do not take bookings in advance, so first come, first served and it is only for tents as you parking is in the car park and access to the field is steep. From here, you can walk for miles alone the River Calder or go and do the Mill walk at Hardcastle crags to calm pooch down, then head in to Hebden Bridge, the fourth most “funky” town in the world according to inflight magazine “Highlife”, which is very dog friendly, or go for a skinny dip at the beautiful Lumb falls.

Newquay is an amazing place with so many dog friendly beaches, pubs, cafes and areas it is doggy heaven.

In Newquay, we love Crantock Beach. We stay in a little caravan site called Travella that is a pleasant walk from the Beach, no roads just fields, it also has a great external dog washing area, specifically designed to wash your dogs (and wetsuits;-))There is a small café with occasional entertainment, crazy golf, a small outdoor pool and a few children’s play areas. The Crantock coastal path is a nice walk.

In Wales, we love Swansea, there are beaches that are accessible with dogs all year round and you cannot miss the beautiful Penllergare Valley Woods which is a picturesque landscape hidden away in a steep valley just a stone's throw from the M4 in north Swansea.

In Scotland, Rosemarkie Beach is a beautiful little find. It is said to be one of the finest beaches on the Moray Firth Coastline. The beach is dog friendly and great for finding fossils. There is an award winning pub and restaurant that welcomes dogs in Fortrose.

Very generic but the Centre Parcs are not too bad for dogs, they have dog areas and dog chalets, but do be aware that you do need to book well in advance as they fill up very fast.

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