Woof Guide to Dog Friendly Holidays Yorkshire
Yorkshire’s rural pet friendly holiday territory is one of the most extensive in the UK, featuring two National Parks – the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors, as well as two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in North Yorkshire – Nidderdale and the Howardian Hills. Head to the Yorkshire coast for paws who love the shores – the Yorkshire coast is renowned for its dog friendliness and features a large number of dog friendly beaches and three heritage coastal stretches at Spurn, Flamborough and along the North Yorkshire and Cleveland coast flanking the North York Moors.
In the east of the region sits the gentle Yorkshire Wolds, a bidder for AONB status situated north of Hull and east of York. The Wolds is one of the county’s top spots for dog friendly getaways. The west is best for paws which love the moors and poetic pooches, where you’ll find Yorkshire’s magical moorland landscapes in the South Pennines around Bronte Country’s Haworth village, Calderdale’s Hebden Bridge voted one of Britain’s coolest places to live and Summer Wine town Holmfirth.
All these favourite Yorkshire dog friendly holiday hotspots contain a wealth of trails and long-distance walking paths. The region is also criss-crossed by National Trails including the mighty backbone of Britain – the Pennine Way, the Pennine Bridleway, the Yorkshire Wolds Way and the Cleveland Way. The Wolds Way and the Dales Way are two particularly popular trails in the county for walking holidays with dogs – not too demanding on paw power, and friendly with lots of stop off points and easy access short sections.
No shortage then of prime dog walking territory in Yorkshire served by hundreds of dog friendly cottages, inns, caravan and camping parks, country hotels and B&Bs in the region listed here on iknow-yorkshire. Expect nothing less in the regional former home of the world’s most beloved vet turned author James Herriot.
Dog Days Out
Many Yorkshire attractions allow dogs, especially those in the two National Parks, the Wolds and Nidderdale. It’s pooches welcome on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway with dogs allowed on all steam trains except dining carriages. Special dog tickets are available for a nominal fee.
Some of the Yorkshire coast’s most spectacular beaches and coastal stretches are dog friendly including top dog destinations Robin Hood’s Bay, Staithes and Runswick Bay, whilst popular beaches around Whitby, Bridlington and Scarborough’s North Bay welcome dogs in low season.
Soak up some of Yorkshire’s heritage with your furry friend and head to one of the many English Heritage and National Trust sites across the region including Fountains Abbey, Scarborough, Pickering and Helmsley Castles, Rievaulx Abbey and National Trust owned landscapes like Brimham Rocks, Roseberry Topping and Hardcastle Crafts. All offer extensive dog walking territory with a heritage twist, magnificent view or character feature.
Doggy Holiday Tips
Your pet is unique so you’ll know just what’s needed to ensure a fun doggy getaway in dog’s own country! Some breeds and younger dogs with bags of energy might relish a cottage retreat in a wild Pennine landscape whilst other breeds and older pets might prefer a cosy cottage with enclosed garden in the gentle Yorkshire Wolds or in dog friendly hotspots on the coast like Robin Hood’s Bay and Whitby.
When you book double check on accommodation restrictions for pets such as pets only allowed downstairs or only certain breeds welcome. If you are a multiple dog owner, double check that the property accepts more than one dog, and dogs don’t always stay free, so ensure you are aware of any additional fees per pet.
Where to Stay
Choose from hundreds of dog friendly cottages in Yorkshire spread across the region, including 5 Star ‘Your Dog Magazine’ award-winners amongst the selection. Posh paws will find plenty to please from Yorkshire’s huge choice of dog friendly country hotels, fisherman’s cottages and character inns each with a choice of walks from the door. No need to leave the family pet behind – stay in one of Yorkshire’s many holiday park and caravan sites all with lots of space for doggy play and exercise.