It’s the year of the staycation with many of us Brits choosing to vacay closer to home instead of abroad. Here are our top reasons why you and your pet should stay on British soil for your next dog-friendly break…
1. Location, location, location
Although our weather may be unpredictable at times, the UK is blessed with both beautiful countryside and fabulous beaches! And both are must-visit spots for canines on their travels.
The UK has around 7,760 miles of coastline all of which is very accessible – we are surrounded on all sides after all – and just under 500 UK beaches are dog-friendly all year round!
Here are a couple of our favourite beaches…
Camber Sands in East Sussex – voted one of the top six beaches in the UK, Camber Sands has miles and miles of sandy beach and dunes for four-legged friends to run along. And best of all, super dog-friendly hotel The Gallivant sits directly opposite the beach so your pup can literally roll out of bed and have some fun by the sea.
Alnmouth Beach in Northumberland – wide, sandy and dog-friendly all year round, Alnmouth Beach rarely gets overcrowded with other holidaymakers and is great for wildlife enthusiasts. Dog-friendly boutique B&B St Valery is only a short stroll away and will provide furry guests with a towel for their sandy paws.
As well as miles of coastline, the UK also boasts 15 spectacular National Parks and according to a recent study, only 11% of the UK is actually urban. Meaning you and your four-legged friend have a lot of countryside to explore!
Britain has an incredibly diverse landscape and one that is especially pawfect for walking holidays. So whether you’re a casual trekker or a seasoned hiker, you won’t be short on choice of trails to take with you pet.
Here are a couple of our favourite areas to walk…
Torridon, Scotland – considered one of best places to go walking in the UK, the Torridon area is filled with hills and impressive views, making it the ultimate spot for adventurous walkers. Situated at the end of a magnificent sea loch, The Torridon Hotel offers wonderful guided half and full day walking trips.
The Cotswold Way, Cotswolds – running for over 100 miles from Bath to Chipping Campden, The Cotswold Way offers countless trails with fabulous views and interesting haunts for furry friends and their owners to discover. The Old Swan & Minster Mill is one of our favourite dog-friendly places in the area to stay, provided you and your pet with a delicious dinner, a stylish room and a packed lunch.
2. Ease of travelling with your pet
One of the best things about holidaying in the UK, you don’t need a passport! All you need to do is pack your pet’s travel essentials, jump in the car and – provided you’re all set – drive. And you don’t even have to travel far for a change of scenery. We’ve sniffed out some of the top dog-friendly destinations two hours outside of the UK’s city centres so you can start planning your mini break now!
Whether you’re looking for a coastal escape or city break, there is always somewhere new to go with your pet in the UK. And nobody knows dog-friendly travel better than our Pet Concierge team! Their expertise comes absolutely free and they know exactly where to find the best rooms and the top packages at the most dog-loving hotels and cottages. All you need to do is give them a call!
Our Pet Concierges’ top picks…
The Hare & Hounds Hotel, Gloucestershire – Enjoy our signature package which includes, a luxury room, breakfast for you and your dog, a glass of Prosecco and a two-course dinner, all from £155.
The Cary Arms, Devon – Book The Fido Gastro Retreat for two nights which includes, accommodation in a luxury Seaview Room, seaside gastro dinner each night, afternoon tea, a spa voucher and a dinner for your dog, all for £650.
In light of Brexit, it has become cheaper to holiday in the UK right now. So what more of an excuse do you need to take a short break with your four-legged friend? For those on a budget, we have a fabulous collection of dog-friendly holidays, all under £150.
Here at PetsPyjamas, we also negotiate the best holiday deals and packages at our dog-friendly hotels and cottages, all of which are unique to us!
5. Dine with your dog
We know there’s nothing nicer than enjoying a good meal with your best friend by your side. And there are a host of fantastic hotels in the UK that welcome pets everywhere! So you can now relax and have a lovely evening without having to leave your pet alone in your room.