Best dog-friendly staycations in the UK

A recent survey on the best places in the UK for a dog-friendly getaway.

With the surge in staycations this year, we conducted some research to find out exactly what you love about a holiday with your dog and most importantly, where you think is the best place in the UK for a dog-friendly getaway.

So, when it came to the UK’s favourite dog-friendly destinations, 49% of owners said the Lake District is their preferred choice, with 34% saying Cornwall, 31% saying the Peak District and 27% voting for Devon. We thought we’d explore what makes these destinations so perfect for a holiday with your canine companion.

Lake District

Dogs are welcomed with open arms in the Lake District. With breath-taking views, a multitude of walks and a generous offering of dog-friendly pubs, it’s not hard to see why it gets the top spot for holidays with our four-legged friends.

Exploring the Lake District with your dog can be exhilarating or relaxing with lots of walks to suit those pups who are up to a challenge, such as a climb to the top of Cat Bells or for dogs that enjoy a more relaxed approach to their holiday, meandering around one of the lakes is a great way to take in the beautiful scenery. Coniston Lake is an excellent choice for dogs of all ages with a range of walks to choose from including Coniston to Torver Jetty which is an excellent low-level walk, making it enjoyable for all.

Recently, more and more of the attractions are opening to well-behaved dogs, so if you fancy a day on the lakes you can book a tour with Windermere Lake Cruises or Ullswater Steamers. Dogs on leads are welcome.

Once your day of exploring is over, head to one of the many dog-friendly pubs for a drink and some food. The Wateredge Inn on the edge of Lake Windemere even hands out treats for dogs with extra waggy tails – a top tip from us!

Cornwall

Cornwall has long been heralded as one of the most popular UK staycations so it’s no surprise that it’s one of dog owners’ top places to holiday with their dogs.

With lots of dog-friendly beaches to choose from, such as Harlyn Bay in Padstow, the famous Fistral Beach in Newquay, and Seaton Beach in Looe, as well as pretty coastal towns and plenty of walks on offer, it’s not hard to see why Cornwall is such a favourite for our canine companions.

A favourite walk of ours is Poldhu to Mullion Cove (around 4 miles), that takes in some of the beautiful scenery along the Lizard, part of the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. You’ll come across Mullion Cove, a year-round dog-friendly beach and home to The Mullion Cove Hotel that offers dog-friendly accommodation with no extra charge during low season, a dog-friendly welcome pack, outdoor washing facilities and a dogs-welcome lounge with sea views. Bliss!

Peak District

There are plenty of walks on offer including the Upper Derwent Valley Reservoirs renowned as a top walking spot in the Peak District and famed for its wooded valleys and dramatic moorland, as well as the High Peak Trail which stretches for 17.5 miles following an old railway line. It was one of the world’s first long distance train routes!

You can also enjoy a great mixture of dog-friendly attractions including The Heights of Abraham that you access via a dog-friendly canine cable car (only recommended for dogs and humans with a head for heights!).

If you fancy a spot of retail therapy, Peak Shopping Village is the top destination for dogs. There are over 20 shops (for humans) and Bark and Co that sells all a dog could need and more including a fresh bakery and Frozzys Ice Cream. It even has a doggy bistro!

Devon

Devon… the home of Forthglade, so naturally our top choice but here is why we think you’ll love a holiday to our beautiful home county too!

From the long stretching year-round dog-friendly sandy beach that is Saunton Sands in North Devon to the hidden enclaves of Soar Mill Cove and Wonwell in South Devon, there are gorgeous beaches aplenty across the county that welcome dogs all year. If you love the coastline but aren’t so keen on the beach, the South West Coast Path covers 90 miles of the North Devon coast and 104 miles of the South Devon coast just waiting to be explored. Full of quaint seaside towns and villages, beautiful beaches, and far-reaching estuaries, it’s a great way to get off the beaten track and out into the Devon countryside.

But, if inland hiking is more your thing, it doesn’t get much better than Dartmoor. A wild open moorland with a rich history, you and your dog will enjoy a huge variety of walks from hidden valleys to Tors (formed over 280 million years ago) with vistas that stretch all the way to the coastline. A favourite of ours is a walk around Haytor, with panoramic views from the top, keep a look out for the letterboxes, a tradition on Dartmoor that dates back 150 years.

With over 200 National Trust dog-friendly holiday cottages across the UK you’re sure to find your next adventure with your canine companion. Whether you’re coastal path explorers or countryside wonderers you’ll find a dog-friendly cottage to suit your adventure needs. Plus all dogs go free! Book your next adventure.