The very best holiday destination for your dogs
Two national parks, brooding moors and rolling dales that tumble down to a ruggedly handsome coastline. There's over 1,000 square miles of Britain's most charming countryside to explore in Yorkshire. So, whatever you do – DON’T leave your four-legged friend at home.
Choose a dog friendly cottage in Yorkshire and the whole family can enjoy their holiday together. Woof.
Why choose a cottage in Yorkshire?
It’s hardly surprising that this northern county has been nicknamed: ‘God’s own country’. Outdoor enthusiasts have their pick of heavenly scenic landscapes to plunge into. So where to start on your dog walks? The North Yorkshire and Cleveland heritage coast offers up 36 miles of dramatic trails and the bustling harbour town of Whitby. Or, history-lovers less fond of hiking should head to Langstrothdale for easy valley walks that bring you out to bronze age burial sites. And anyone wanting to be up close and personal with nature can fill their boots at Aysgarth Falls, where you’ll find wild woods, dramatic waterfalls and if you’re very lucky, you might find yourself face-to-face with a long-lashed roe deer.
Dog friendly beaches in Yorkshire
If your hound loves tearing around on the sand whilst going wild for all those tempting seaweed smells - you’re in luck. Yorkshire is packed with dog-friendly beaches. Our secret favourite is Runswick Bay. A postcard perfect village backs behind this sweeping, sheltered beach. For another all-year-round good coastal hangout to get paws wet and sticks chased, head to Robin Hood’s Bay. In total Yorkshire has 15 dog friendly beaches and 34 – normally a May to October ban – with restrictions.
Only three of the beaches – Scarborough South Bay and Spurn Head – currently have a dog ban all year round.
Three dog friendly days out in Yorkshire
There’s more to this county than fell walking. Try one of our favourite tourist spots that will welcome dogs along too.
If your pooch loves old things – not just your socks – he’ll go wild for a day out at Hemsley Castle. This English Heritage spot has 900 years of history to unlock. There’s a Medieval fortress and interesting exhibition for you all to sniff out.
Known as Britain’s most ‘romantic ruin’, Whitby Abbey inspired Bram Stroker’s Dracula. You and doggy can both get sink your teeth into this historical hotspot. Enjoy the spectacular views of Whitby harbour after you conquer the abbey’s 199 steps.
Ryedale Folk Museum
Hurrah! A dog-friendly museum. As long as your pup is on a lead, you can all get a taste of olde worlde life at this brilliantly quirky open-air spot. The village of Hutton Le Hole is also a lovely community that deserves to be explored.
Dog friendly restaurants and pubs in Yorkshire
The North East has officially the most dog owners in the country. If you want to get really accurate, 36% of households in Yorkshire are proud to have a pooch as a pet. Which means everyone is far more accepting of you bringing your dog to dinner.
The best way to guarantee a night out where the dog is welcome at your table, is to head for one of the hundreds of cosy, quaint pubs this county is packed with. You’ll get the best real-ale, great grub and the doggy can enjoy a lie-down next to the fire whilst you tuck in. Then it’s a nice stroll back home with full bellies to your gorgeous holiday cottage. Lovely.