Whitby on the Yorkshire Coast is a dog friendly coast and country playground. Miles of spectacular coast path walking sit either side of the resort and a huge choice of pet friendly cottages, seaside apartments and caravan parks are available in and around the centre, or just inland in the North York Moors National Park. Many welcome dogs free of charge! You’ll also find many attractions welcome four legged friends too. Dogs travel free on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway and the Esk Valley Railway!
Pet Friendly Cottages
Whitby is one of Yorkshire’s best locations for pet friendly cottages, and it’s a location affording easy access to a wealth of dog friendly walks. Browse and book from our selection of nearly 200 dog friendly cottages in Whitby, many of which are award-winning. Stay in a pet friendly fisherman’s cottage near the coast path and town centre, or opt for a farm cottage on the outskirts and just into the North York Moors around Sleights. It’s easy to travel into Whitby centre from these properties via the dog friendly Esk Valley Railway. The Whitby area also features some great cottage complexes in outlying rural areas which are perfect for large family groups and the family pet too. These usually have the added bonus of ample dog exercising areas and large enclosed gardens onsite. Check numbers of dogs welcome in each individual cottage. Many will welcome pets free of charge, and some will charge a nominal, usually a one-off fee!
Dog Friendly Apartments
Dog friendly seaside apartments in Whitby are centrally situated or located on the coast with easy access on to the Heritage Coast. Browse our great choice of pet friendly apartments which include luxurious pampered pooch penthouse apartments on the Quayside with harbour views. Stunning apartment retreats also feature some with parking! A central apartment puts you and Rover ideally close to coast path walks either towards Robin Hood’s Bay or Runswick Bay. You’re also conveniently close to steam railways!
Dog Friendly B&Bs/ Hotels
Whitby also offers a superb choice of pet friendly B&Bs and small seaside hotels welcoming well behaved (usually small or medium sized) dogs by arrangement. Centrally situated around the town centre and West Cliff, pet friendly B&Bs are family run, warm and welcoming. From contemporary to classic 19th century town house, Whitby dog friendly B&Bs cater for all budgets and some include gardens. You’ll find a selection just outside the resort, pushing into the National Park and south towards Robin Hood’s Bay – ideal for pet friendly beaches, country walks or coast path walks in these areas!
Dog Friendly Holiday Parks
Another alternative base in the Whitby area is the selection of coast and country holiday parks and caravan parks. Ideal for families with dogs, onsite dog friendly caravan accommodation is set in spectacular surrounds with lots of space for dog walking and exercising. Take the hassle out of your holiday and stay in a pet friendly holiday park with essential facilities onsite from shops and play areas to cafes, indoor heated pools and barbecue areas. Bus stops are usually located adjacent to parks for easy access into Whitby centre!
Dog Friendly Beaches
Whitby beaches sit either side of the River Esk and restrictions do apply during high summer season on the central West Pier beach stretch. On the sheltered east side Tate Hill beach area dogs are permitted all year round, and here on iknow you’ll find some great cottages and apartments up close to dog friendly Tate Hill. Dog friendly beaches around Whitby are ‘top dog’, including Robin Hood’s Bay just to the south, a real beach bounder’s delight where dogs can run free. To the north, Runswick Bay and Staithes on the Heritage Coast also feature dog friendly beaches!
Walking with Dogs on the Heritage Coast
Whitby is your perfect gateway on to North Yorkshire’s heritage coast. Head off with your dog along the Cleveland Way National Trail from Whitby. This circular trail runs around the North York Moors National Park, with a long spectacular stretch of the path along the coast between Saltburn and Filey.
Dip into the coastal trail around Whitby with Rover and enjoy panoramic coastal views. Walk north towards sweeping sandy Runswick Bay (dogs welcome!) and pretty coastal fishing village Staithes, or head south from Whitby Abbey towards beautiful Robin Hood’s Bay and Ravenscar. The National Trust’s Old Coastguard Station visitor centre at Robin Hood’s Bay offers useful tips and information on the area. The Trust also has a visitor centre in Ravenscar.
Lots of gentle ‘easy access’ walks are off the Cleveland Way coast around Whitby . Great ones include the Robin Hood’s Bay ¾ mile walk beginning from the Station Car Park. Another pleasant stroll with your dog is the Runswick Bay and Port Mulgrave walk with magnificent views. Visit the Cleveland Way National Trail’s website for comprehensive guides to these walks and others.
Walking with Dogs in the North York Moors
Not all walks in the National Park will be suitable for dogs. Owners need to take care on high cliffs and near livestock and sensitive wildlife. The Park’s official website offers some useful tips and advice with suggested walks without stiles and walks with little chance of coming across livestock. Forest walks are particularly recommended as owners can let their dogs off leads in these areas of the National Park. Dalby Forest with its extensive choice of easy and challenging walks is highly recommended and just a short distance from Whitby. You’ll also find a great dog friendly forest walk at Newtondale (pick up the pet friendly steam railway for this one!). The National Park also recommends a spectacular 4 mile circular walk from fishing village Staithes to Port Mulgrave famed for its ironstone mining in the past.
Hop off/ On Steam Railway Walks with Dogs
Walking with dogs in the North York Moors National Park is made easy by two pet friendly steam railways running direct from Whitby. Dogs are welcome free of charge on both the North Yorkshire Moors Railway and the Esk Valley Railway. Hop off at any of the stops along the North Yorkshire Moors Railway including Levisham, Newtondale, Goathland and Grosmont and you’ve a choice of walks direct from station stops into the heart of the National Park. Helpful leaflets on suggested walks from station stops are on the steam railway’s website. The Esk Valley Railway has also produced a great outings guide which includes suggested walks from stops along the line such as great walks with dogs from Grosmont station into beautiful woodland where dogs can roam free.
Michelle is an experienced travel writer with iknow and has travelled extensively across the UK, Spain, Portugal and the USA. When she’s not busy writing for iknow she enjoys spending time touring museums and art galleries and seeking out the best independent shops in Manchester and Leeds.