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The Top 5 Dog Friendly Travel Destinations

Dog Friendly Travel Destinations

Published on October 21st, 2022

When you’re looking for a destination that you feel confident will welcome your four-legged friend, it may feel like you’ve been searching forever. Whether you’ve been looking at major cities or dog friendly retreats in the UK, it can be difficult to create the ultimate shortlist.

Fortunately, you’ve come to the right place, as we’ve taken all the hard work out of your hands. Here, we looked at five UK destinations that allow pets, and you’ll get some tips on what to do when traveling with your faithful companion too.

Without further ado, here are the top UK destinations you can enjoy visiting with your pooch by your side.

1. London

This one might surprise you, as, of course, London, is known for its ability to enthrall us, humans. But, in actual fact, it’s one of the world’s most dog-friendly cities.

Whether you’re planning on visiting for a day or a week, you should absolutely take your canine friend to the city’s Royal Parks, including Kensington Gardens, Regent’s Park, St James’ Park, and Hyde Park.

If the beach is your thing, you can head on over to the Ruislip Lido dog beach and swim in the water or run on the shore.

You should explore the city’s diverse collection of neighborhoods too, such as trendy Shoreditch and the famous Notting Hill.

2. Lake District National Park

The Lake District National Park is one of the most scenic places in England to take your pet. There’s no shortage of great-looking walks that are perfect for the hikers among you, giving you a chance to explore the great outdoors.

Make a stop in Grasmere, where you’ll find some dog-friendly pubs that enable you and your dog to spend some quality time together.

Situated in Cumbria, Northwest England, the Lake District Park is a favorite among different kinds of travelers, including those who enjoy visiting exhibits and museums, and those looking to spend some time outdoors with their pets.

There are numerous beauty spots that allow you to enjoy life with your furry friend, including Windermere, a sparkling coastline, towns, villages, valleys, mountains, and a long lake stretching some 18 kilometers.

3. Cardiff

Cardiff provides a welcome change from the overcast weather usually found in Wales. The cosmopolitan city found on the Welsh south coast offers a thriving metropolis that’s managed to maintain an old-world charm while also embracing its unique culture.

If you like the idea of experiencing one of the country’s oldest cities with your dog, make sure to include visits to the pleasant and lush local parks. Among the most dog-friendly parks you’ll find here are Sophia Gardens, Pontcanna Fields, and Valleys Wildlife Park.

You dog lovers can also combine a Bute Park leisure stroll with a walk in Cardiff’s city center. Parks aside, the city also features a number of dog-friendly cafes, including The Stable, with a reputation for serving up some superb pizza.

4. Peak District National Park

The Peak District National Park, close to Sheffield and Manchester in North England, is a great destination for spending some relaxation time with your pet.

Seen as one of England’s most aesthetic national parks, the Peak District features more than 600 square miles of open space, with plenty to experience, such as uncovering limestone pavements around Castleton and wildlife spotting at Dovestone Reservoir.

You can also enjoy some stunning walking routes, such as Ian Drake Way, that takes you to the majestic waterfalls before you arrive at Monsal Head – this is perfect, as you can let your dog off its leash here.

5. Cornwall

Located on the southwestern tip of England, this scenic city is known for its natural setting. It’s also perfect if you love the ocean and dream of exploring scenic fishing villages, sandy beaches, or rugged cliffs with your pet by your side.

Aside from its coastal scenery and spectacular landscapes, Cornall also provides attractions for you and your pets.

Among the best things to do for pet owners here include visiting the local gardens, such as Trebah Garden and the Lost Gardens, along with the picturesque harbor villages like Falmouth and Fowey.

If you’ve always wanted to visit one of Cornell’s best-known attractions – the Eden Project – perfect: it includes a dog-friendly Outdoor Garden with miles of walking routes that allow your dog to run around and play.

You can also explore Cornwall’s 400 miles of coastline and walk along the local trails. One great hike for you and your dog is the scenic and short walk from St games to the dog-friendly Perranporth beach.

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