Yorkshire is a truly historic part of England first inhabited by the Celtic Britons and occupied by the Romans and Vikings. The county comprises nearly a third of the total area of national parks in the country – think Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights – these include the North York Moors, most of the Yorkshire Dales, and part of the Peak District, perfect for a dog-friendly adventure.
Also home to two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the moorlands of Nidderdale and the Howardian Hills, there are a myriad of reasons to visit Yorkshire – wonderful walks in the hills, glorious year round dog-friendly beaches like Cayton and Flamborough, charming villages, the famous city of York as well as seaside towns like Whitby and Scarborough, stately homes, sculpture parks and gardens.
One of our favourite dog-friendly destinations – we’ve rounded up a collection of the very best dog-friendly places to stay – luxury hotels, beachside and country pubs with rooms as well as cosy cottages where your dog will feel truly welcome. We’ve sniffed out the best places for walkies, dog-friendly attractions, and fabulous country pubs to stop off for a well-earned break where your four-legged friend will be offered treats as well as having the chance to rub noses with other Yorkshire canines.
Must be the wild and epic landscapes of the Yorkshire Dales and North Moors with wonderful trails for your dog to explore plus the fabulous sandy beaches that welcome dogs year round.
There is a fabulous selection of dog-friendly places for you and your dog to stay in Yorkshire. From historic and boutique hotels to luxury country house spa retreats, a dog-friendly hotel in Yorkshire is the perfect base to explore the wonderful surroundings.
Suitable for all dogs small or large, our dog-friendly Yorkshire hotels and cottages cater to all budgets at no extra charge to you.
Our PetsPyjamas hotels are incredibly dog-welcoming; with each one given our paw of approval. Suitable for all breeds and budgets, here are a few of our favourite dog-friendly hotels in Yorkshire.
The Kings Head Inn, North Yorkshire
Set beneath iconic Roseberry Topping in picture-postcard Newton under Roseberry on the flank of the North Yorkshire Moors, this award-winning country pub is fabulously dog-friendly and perfect for an active dog-walking holiday with the North York Moors National Park and Cleveland Way on the doorstep.
Bike & Boot is a super dog-friendly hotel. Stylish and quirky it has fabulous views over the South Bay to wonderful Scarborough. Enjoy bracing seaside walks along south beach with the North Yorkshire moors on the doorstep.
Owned by the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, the Devonshire Fell is a luxury dog-friendly hotel and is in a fabulous setting with stunning views of the Yorkshire Dales – you and your four legged friend will love wandering along the woodland nature trails at the Bolton Abbey Estate and beyond.
Our PetsPyjamas cottages are super dog-friendly; with each one given our paw of approval. Suitable for all breeds and budgets, here are a few of our favourite pet-friendly cottages in Yorkshire.
Martins Farm, North Yorkshire
A stunning five-bedroom property, spacious and light with a great outdoors including hot tub, pizza oven and outdoor kitchen. Situated in the stunning Swaledale countryside – it’s a dog-walker’s paradise with river walks and trails from the door plus dog-friendly pubs and bakeries close by.
A Georgian house set in its own picturesque grounds on the banks of the River Swale. It has spectacular views of Round Howe, a National Trust area of outstanding beauty with beautiful woodland and riverside walks and fishing rights.
A Grade II listed property dating back to 1695,the dog-friendly Long House sleeps eight – perfect for a dog-friendly getaway with family and friends. Set in the charming village of Little Barugh, just a few miles from the market town of Malton and just a short drive from The North York Moors National Park.
After a busy day exploring the fabulous Yorkshire countryside – the Yorkshire Dales, the North York Moors or the stunning Yorkshire coast and picturesque villages – you’ll want to find somewhere to eat where your four-legged friend will be as welcome as you are. Luckily Yorkshire is teaming with great places that welcome furry friends whether it’s a historic country pub, a beachside cafe, or an award-winning restaurant great for a gourmet getaway – the possibilities are endless.
There are some fabulous dog-friendly pubs in picture-perfect villages with food to match. We love the Kings Head Inn which is super dog-friendly on the edge of the North York Moors, the Black Swan, super cosy and fabulous food in the dog-friendly town of Hemsley and the Bike and Boot in South Bay, Scarborough pizza and pasta restaurant.
We’ve put together some of our favourite dog-friendly Yorkshire pubs and restaurants where you can enjoy fabulous food sourced from local ingredients while your dog will be spoiled with treats, biscuits, doggie beer or maybe their own gourmet meal.
Yorkshire is one of the very best places in the country for dog walking with fabulous open country, spectacular views and a myriad of dog-friendly walking trails in the picture-perfect North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales. So why not treat your pet to wonderful walking opportunities and a day of exploring?
So pack up your walking boots and head to the hills with your best furry friend in tow and begin your adventure. There are walks for all levels of fitness whether you fancy a gentle stroll or hike up a more challenging terrain, there are lots of different walking routes across Yorkshire to suit all abilities. Wander along the coast, explore Castle grounds and landscaped gardens, nature reserves and riverside strolls passing through pretty villages along the way.
We’ve put together a collection of walks we think you and your dog will love – including a coastal walk along Runswick Bay, the Rivelin Valley Nature Trail and a five-mile walk around the Castle Howard grounds in the North Yorks Moors Park. Waggy tails all round!
Make sure to visit Runswick Bay and enjoy a gorgeous two-mile walk along Runswick Bay Cliff top with wonderful views over Runswick Bay and Port Mulgrave – following the Cleveland Way National Trail. The Rivelin Valley Nature Trail is also great for adventure-loving hounds and takes you along the Rivelin River valley – a fantastic flat woodland walk and a perfect off-the-lead trail with waterfalls along the way.
For views of Castle Howard, visit the Arboretum situated in the Howardian Hills, an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There are two trails you can follow, one taking an hour and the other two hours. Enjoy off-lead walks in some designated areas – there is also a cafe too.
Yorkshire may be famous for the moorlands and heathlands of the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors but it is equally famous for its fabulous beaches, many which welcome dogs year round. And as well as the traditional Victorian seaside Resorts of Scarborough and Whitney, there are also many secluded beaches and hidden coves along this Heritage coast – perfect for a dog-friendly seaside escape with your four legged friend in tow.
Some of these fabulous dog-friendly beaches include Runswick Bay in one of the prettiest villages in Yorkshire. It has a long sandy beach for your dog to play and is just nine miles from Whitby. Cayton Bay is yet another glorious dog-friendly beach – a large sandy beach just north of Scarborough and Flamborough North Landing – a stunning beach backed by white chalk cliffs. These are just a few of the many dog-friendly beaches that are just a little off the beaten track but well worth the effort. Many have dog-friendly beachside cafes serving doggie snacks too! We’ve put together a collection of our favourite dog-friendly beaches in Yorkshire. Your and your dog will have so much fun exploring the huge sandy beaches and splashing in the sea along these hidden gems!
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Three miles from Scarborough, Cayton Beach with dramatic scenery and a large sandy beach is a doggy paradise – there’s a car park and cafe and it’s also popular with surfers. Best of all, it’s dog-friendly year round.
Flamborough North Landing
A picture-perfect sandy and pebble beach Flamborough North Landing is simply stunning with white cliffs and deep blue waters. Dog-friendly year round there are plenty of places to eat – perfect for a canine coastal adventure.
Walk from Bridlington Bay to this lovely sandy beach which stretches for miles. Very popular with dog walkers your dog will love running free. There’s a car park and a dog-friendly cafe – the Cowshed cafe.
Dogs love adventure and although they may be happy to enjoy a gentle stroll around Yorkshire’s delightful market towns or gorgeous villages the one thing they really enjoy is the excitement of getting in the car for an adventure! Yorkshire is not only graced with the fabulous National Parks of the North Yorks Moors and Yorkshire Dales, it is an Area of Outstanding Beauty with sweeping sandy beaches, also steeped in rich cultural heritage and history when it was occupied by the Romans and Vikings. There really is something for everyone in the family including the dog.
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North York Moors Railway
Catch the North Yorks Moors Railway heritage steam train which goes from the dog-friendly town of Pickering to the seaside town of Whitby. Your dog will love peering out of the window to experience the fabulous scenery in the North York Moors National Park.
Yorkshire Air Museum
Located southeast of York is the Yorkshire Air Museum which makes a fabulous dog-friendly day out for those interested in WW2. Your dog will enjoy the woodland walk and there is also a memorial garden.
Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Cultured dogs will love walking around the grounds with over 500 acres of gorgeous parkland to explore and lots of cafes along the way. Almost everywhere is dog-friendly except the indoor exhibitions and the area around the Upper Lake or the Menagerie Wood.