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14th June 2021

The UK’s best dog friendly staycation destinations in 2021

Can’t bear to kennel your dog while the family heads off on holiday? Here are some ideas for family holidays where the dog will be just as welcome as you.

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If you can’t bear to confine your pet to the kennels when you head off on holiday this year, it’s good to know that Britain has hundreds of dog friendly holiday destinations for your staycation in 2021.

But if you’re a little nervous about taking your pooch on a long road-trip for the first time, check out these tips for driving with dogs on your summer staycation.

Here are eight great dog friendly holiday destinations

The team at Sterling have put their heads together to come up with eight great dog friendly holiday destinations where your four legged friends will be just as welcome as you are this summer.

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Every dog should have its day, fetching the ball on a beach holiday.

Brecon Beacons

Fresh air, wide open spaces, a creative atmosphere and loads to entertain you whatever the weather – this is what makes Brecon Beacons National Park a great dog friendly holiday destination. The park comprises four ranges of mountains and hills in South Wales and contains some of the finest walking terrain in Europe. 

Your dog will love the Beacons too because there are endless attractions, holiday cottages, hotels, pubs and restaurants that allow well-behaved dogs to join in the fun.

Cornwall

Offering an alluring mix of enchanting coast and rolling countryside, Cornwall is England’s most popular holiday destination, and there’s plenty for you and your dog to enjoy. 

There are miles of sandy beaches, many open all year round for dogs, the scenic South West Coastal path and a wealth of pretty towns, quaint quays and picture postcard villages to explore. 

From the bijou cathedral city of Truro, to tiny fishing harbours such as Mevagissey and Port Isaac and dog-friendly attractions such as the stunning Lost Gardens of Heligan and the Minack Theatre, there is much to explore.

The Cotswolds

You and your hound can enjoy classic English countryside in the Cotswolds, with its rolling green hills and quaint villages lined with flint cottages spanning the six counties of Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Somerset, Warwickshire, Wiltshire and Worcestershire.

You can walk for miles along the Cotswold Way, which traverses fields of lavender and falls upon some beautiful dog friendly holiday destinations and villages such as Bourton-on-the-Water and Bibury. 

Once you’ve finished exploring, there are countless historic inns and hotels where you can enjoy a meal and soak up the surroundings.

Dorset

Dorset boasts some of the most beautiful coast and countryside and is waiting to be explored by visitors on four legs as well as two. 

Famed for its fascinating Jurassic Coast, if your dog finds a bone on the beach, get it analysed because it may be a precious fossil from thousands of years ago. The Jurassic stretch is 95 miles from Exmouth in East Devon to Studland in Dorset.

The country has a range of dog friendly accommodation for you to choose from and plenty of attractions and activities to keep you and your pet entertained. 

Forest of Dean

This is where England meets Wales. Separated by the meandering River Wye, you’ll discover a place of timeless beauty and untamed nature.

You’ll find restorative solitude, breathtaking views, iconic ruins, unique attractions and miles of walking and cycling tracks in which to while away the hours. 

This is a place where you and your dog can recharge your batteries, get off the beaten track and escape everyday life. This is a dog friendly holiday destination where your pet and your children can run free, where there is space to roam and plenty of adventures to be had. 

Norfolk

Norfolk is a quieter and more understated destination, with a host of unspoilt landscapes to enjoy and a diverse variety of places to go with your dog. 

You could try the classic British seaside experience at fish and chip spots such as Great Yarmouth or Cromer, glide along the tranquil Norfolk Broads in a houseboat or explore majestic stately homes, such as Sandringham, one of the Queen’s residences. 

Norfolk also has plenty of great beaches to discover, including the golden sands of Holkham, the shingle flats of Winterton which is often frequented by a colony of grey seals. And who can forget wonderful Hunstanton – Sunny Hunny – for a great dog friendly holiday destination!

dog friendly holiday destinations
Norfolk has a host of quiet breezy beaches on which to blow the lockdown cobwebs away.

The Lake District National Park

The Lake District is one of England’s best-loved national parks, with its rolling vistas, cool shimmering lakes and precipitous hills and mountain peaks. 

A haven for walkers, dogs are sure to love the long wanders along the shores of Lake Windermere. Pooches are even welcome aboard boats such as the Ullswater Steamers, which provide regular pleasure cruises across the park’s best known stretch of water. 

You’ll discover pretty towns and villages like Hawkshead and Ambleside, with plenty of dog-friendly cafes and traditional English pubs where you can both enjoy a fireside treat.

The Peak District National Park

Another much-loved National Park and great dog friendly holiday destination with wonderful walking, sweeping valleys, breath-taking waterfalls and picturesque countryside decorated with pretty villages. 

You can explore the grounds of spectacular Chatsworth House, the film location for Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, and delve deep into the Treak Cliff Cavern, the only place in the world where you can find the precious stone Blue John, all with your dog by your side.

For lunch or dinner, there are plenty of countryside pubs in which to eat and drink, with gardens for the summer and roaring fires for the winter.

Plenty of dog friendly cottages in the UK

And if you are struggling for that holiday home in which to spend your well-earned break, check out Canine Cottages which has more than 1,500 dog friendly holiday destinations across the UK to choose from.

Stick to the code at your dog friendly holiday destination

If you’re taking your dog with you on holiday you should familiarise yourself with the Government’s Countryside Code which makes explicit instructions regarding the care and exercising of dogs, particularly around wild animals and livestock. 

Wherever you choose to holiday, bear in mind there may be restrictions for dogs in places that you wish to visit. Most beaches in Britain, for example, prohibit dogs during the summer but the vast majority welcome responsible owners and their pets from 1 October to 30 April. Here is a list of dog friendly beaches where you can take your pets all year round.

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Whichever dog friendly holiday destination you settle on, it will be good to know that you have the right insurance in place to protect you and your car while you are away. Sterling insurance can provide bespoke motor insurance to match your very individual needs. Call 0344 381 9990 today for a free no obligation quote or book a call-back at a time that suits you.

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