There are few beaches in the UK that are able to compete with that of Barmouth for pet-friendly holidays. Barmouth beach is exceptionally long, deep and with good quality sand. There is a section nearest the town where a Blue Flag flies and dogs are forbidden but dogs are welcome all year round from any point from the donkey rides onwards. And this beach stretches onwards and onwards.
A series of sand dunes begins a little way beyond the donkey rides and these create a natural wind break and backdrop for people sitting on the beach with their dogs. Admittedly, most people accompanied by dogs tend to be walking their dogs or throwing sticks for them to fetch from the sea. The beach extends for miles past the dunes, all the while the promenade runs along it, separating it from the coastal road leading to Llanaber. Cardigan Bay is famous for its fine sands, not all are as pet-friendly as Barmouth but all are high quality beaches.
There are banks of large colourful cobbles near the sand dunes to the rear of Barmouth Beach, all perfectly smoothed by millennia of waves. Sea holly grows amidst the dunes, also other wild flowers. There are plenty of natural features to keep dog walkers entertained as they walk along the beach.
For country walks, the 18 mile stretch of traffic-free cycle and footpath of the Mawddach Trail runs from Barmouth to Dolgellau, past cow pastures, woodland, lakes and rivers. A host of other walks abounds should any dog owning holidaymakers have the energy to explore more. There really is no better way to see the countryside close up than on foot accompanied by dogs.
Dog-friendly holiday accommodation near Barmouth
As one would expect, there is a wealth of holiday accommodation in this area encompassing Barmouth and Dolgellau in southern Snowdonia. There are charming log cabins that are perfect for self-catering breaks with dogs, stone Welsh cottages and holiday apartments. The beaches edging Cardigan Bay are backed by large caravan parks at intervals, all sporting mobile homes in a uniform grass green colour to blend in with the environment. You may wish to try the following websites for suitable pets-welcome holiday cottages:
Dog spotting on holiday in Barmouth
There are an incredible number of dogs in Barmouth town centre during the holiday season. Most tourists will explore the local shops, eat at the pubs and restaurants and sightsee – all accompanied by their pets. Every breed, colour shape and size is featured ranging from cute handbag sized pooches to rangy great danes. A popular place to stop and wait with dogs is on the benches and seating beside the ice cream kiosk at the end of Beach Road. Another good place where dog water bowls are provided in the seating area outside is Ebenezer’s Arts and Crafts Centre and coffee shop in the High Street. The presence of such a large dog population is sufficient evidence to place Barmouth in the Top Ten dog-friendly holiday destinations in Britain.