Dog friendly camping with the National Trust

the Trust’s most scenic dog-friendly campsites

Taking your dog along on camping trips can be incredibly rewarding for both of you. Trips away together will strengthen your bond and encourage your dog to trust you more.  In turn, your dog will help you stay more active and make even more of time spent exploring the great outdoors. We’ve teamed up with our friends at the National Trust to share a few of the Trust’s most scenic dog-friendly campsites.  

The National Trust welcomes all well-behaved dogs to their dog-friendly campsites. Each site varies in their offering from dog bowls placed outside campsite reception areas, to dog friendly camping pods, it’s worth checking out the website to see exactly what’s on offer and the great news is that dogs go free! 

Cloud Farm, Lynton, Devon - Surrounded by idyllic Exmoor scenery, on the border of Somerset and Devon, this tranquil base in the Doone Valley is brilliant for walkers and families exploring the area. Whilst camping, your new neighbours could include buzzards and red deer, and you can listen to Badgworthy Water flowing peacefully behind your tent. Head out onto the South West Coast Path from the moor to take in the fantastic scenery. 2 dogs welcome per pitch. Showers and electricity available.  

Wasdale Campsite, Eskdale, Cumbria - This remote valley, with towering mountains, cascading screes and an awe-inspiring lake, is an adventurer’s paradise. As well as space for tents, Wasdale is home to seven heated camping pods and offers 11 campervan pitches with hard standings and electric hook ups. Facilities include an on-site shop, a recently refurbished toilet and shower block, washing-up areas, a laundry room, electric hook-up to tents and charge points for electric bikes. Ideal for walkers, the site is perfectly placed for tackling the Lake District’s highest fells, including Scafell Pike, England’s tallest mountain. A haven for peace and tranquillity too. 2 dogs welcome per pitch. Showers and electricity available.  

Upper Booth Farm Campsite, Hope Valley, Derbyshire - Nestling in the stunning Peak District National Park, this wonderful, family friendly campsite is a great base for adventures with jaw-dropping views from every direction. The beautiful Hope Valley and the High Peak Moors is a walkers paradise. Travel along the Pennine Way with gentle strolls through the valley, or challenge yourself by heading onto the Kinder Plateau or Jacob’s Ladder. Further afield, explore the wonderful Chatsworth House or the stunning Lyme Park. 2 dogs welcome per pitch. Showers available.  

Hafod y Llan Campsite, Snowdonia - Located in the stunning Nant Gwynant valley in the midst of the Snowdonia National Park.  An ideal place to explore a gorgeous corner of north Wales. Situated next to the Cwm Llan river at the base of Snowdon, Wales' tallest mountain, and close to the Watkin Path which can be directly accessed from the campsite. The pretty village of Beddgelert is a leisurely 3 mile stroll away and has shop, post office and pub. The surrounding landscape is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and covers an area of 4000 acres including a National Nature Reserve and a working farm. With countless waterfalls, wooded valleys and quaint towns and villages, the area around the campsite is the perfect place to escape from the hustle and bustle. 2 dogs welcome per pitch. Showers available. 

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Teneriffe Farm Campsite, Lizard Peninsula, Cornwall - a short walk from the South West Coast Path and with no passing traffic, it offers an idyllic location. There are several beaches in both directions along the coastal path, the small beach at Mullion Cove (1 1/2 miles) has sand at low tide and Kynance Cove (3 miles) being the nearest. There are even more within a short drive including Poldhu Cove, Polurrian Cove and Gunwalloe Church Cove. Pitches are located around the perimeter of a field, leaving the central area free for recreational purposes. 2 dogs welcome per pitch. Showers and electricity available.  

Heddon Valley Campsite, Devon – the beautiful Heddon Valley meanders from the heaths of Exmoor to Heddon’s Mouth, a hidden stony sea inlet surrounded by breath taking rocky cliffs and a dramatic shoreline. Tents are pitched in a picturesque riverside meadow and guests can pick their own camping spot. Wake in a meadow of rare butterflies, hear the surf hitting the beach at Heddon's Mouth or watch the deer in the wood at sunset. 2 dogs welcome per pitch, no showers – but there’s a refreshing dip in the sea!  

Learn more about the National Trust’s dog-friendly camp sites by visiting here and find out more about how Forthglade are supporting the work of the Dogs Welcome Project at other places that the National Trust care for here.

Check out Forthglade’s range of National Trust recipes; a range of grain free, natural wet meals for dogs and a selection of tasty treats, all free from artificial colours, flavourings and preservatives.  When buying from the range you’ll also be helping to support the work of the National Trust, who care for many of the beautiful places we and our four-legged friends love to explore. Find out more about our range here.