In this dog friendly destination guide, we help you plan your perfect pet friendly holiday to Yorkshire. Inside you will find our hand-picked selection of the very best pet friendly hotels and accommodation where canine (and human) guests stay in style, pubs and restaurants where your pooch will be welcome, as well as stunning walks and dog friendly attractions to enjoy with your canine companion.
From its lively cities to pretty villages, rolling countryside and grand coastline, Yorkshire has so much to offer – especially for those holidaying with their four-legged friends. There’s a reason Yorkshire is referred to as God’s Own County – and the beauty of Yorkshire has inspired generations of painters: from the Victorian artists of the Staithes Group to David Hockney’s Yorkshire Wolds. Yorkshire boasts three national parks, a wild and rugged coastline, and wonderful Victorian architecture, not least the preserved terraced streets and mills of the World Heritage Site of Saltaire – and best of all, Yorkshire is a very dog-friendly county!
DOG FRIENDLY ACCOMMODATION
The Devonshire Fell is a quintessential dog friendly country hotel, boasting stunning views of the Yorkshire Dales as well as a top dog-walking location. The hotel can be found in the pretty village of Burnsall, with the classic Edwardian building offering a chic getaway in the countryside. You can even dine with your dog in the Conservatory whilst taking in the stunning views of the Yorkshire Dales, Burnsall village and the River Wharfe. Visit www.devonshirefell.co.uk/
The White Swan, Pickering
The White Swan is a delightful dog friendly pub and hotel in the historic market town of Pickering. Once a 16th-century coaching inn, it offers a fantastic location at the gateway to the North Yorkshire Moors – perfect for plenty of poochy frolics. Dogs are more than welcome in the cosy bar and lounge – complete with board games, books and a log-burner. Book one of the Hideaway bedrooms, which are perfect for hounds, with stone flooring and a porch for doggy kit storage and a towelling down after muddy walks. Visit www.white-swan.co.uk/
Surrounded by the splendour of the Yorkshire Dales National Park and nestled in the heart of iconic Wensleydale the historic 18th century, The Blue Lion Inn is a charming dog friendly hotel that encapsulates the finest elements of traditional rural England. Inside you will find flagstone floors, sturdy oak tables and chalkboard menus in the dog friendly bar area, where your canine pal can join for a bite to eat. Dogs can stay in the country-style bedrooms across the courtyard, where contemporary styled rooms in converted stables offer direct access to the courtyard – perfect for late night poochy comfort breaks! With the Yorkshire Dales National Park literally on the doorstep and several circular walks right from the hotel’s door, The Blue Lion is the perfect setting for tiring out energetic pooches. Visit www.thebluelion.co.uk
For those looking for a touch of luxury with their hound, look no further than stylish Yorebridge House. The luxury dog friendly boutique hotel and restaurant is situated by the river Ure, on the edge of the unspoilt village of Bainbridge, Wensleydale. Surrounded by open countryside and breath-taking scenery, this luxury pet friendly luxury hotel offers relaxation and beautiful interiors, as well as a superb 3 AA Rosette menu, a bespoke wine and bar list and personal and professional service from the moment you arrive – hounds included! Yorebridge House sits in its own five acres of land, flanked by two rivers, so owners needn’t look far for a stunning spot to walk their four-legged friends. Visit www.yorebridgehouse.co.uk
If you are after a town-based adventure with your pup, then stay at this beautiful dog-friendly hotel in Harrogate. If you still fancy a long walk then the Nidderdale Greenway is nearby – a converted railway line linking Harrogate and Ripley that’s perfect for a dog walk. The West Park Hotel is a slickly converted Victorian coach house with a lively brasserie, a courtyard for alfresco drinks and smart bedrooms. Dogs are welcome in the bar area, three double rooms, one superior room and one suite. Visit www.thewestparkhotel.com
DOG FRIENDLY PUBS & RESTAURANTS
This dog friendly country house is a great place to grab a meal with four-legged friends. Open fire pits on the outdoor terrace allow you to dine al-fresco year-round, and the pet friendly bar is stocked with delicious doggy treats, bowls and not forgetting the resident dog, Crumpet. The delicious seasonal food is sustainable and locally sourced from neighbours, friends and suppliers! Visit http://simonstonehall.com
A family-run Yorkshire inn with bags of charm and a welcoming dog-friendly atmosphere, The George & Dragon offers fabulous food with your furry friend in tow. The top quality fare has an emphasis on locally sourced produce from field, sea and moorland to create an impressive menu. There is also a fantastic selection of real ales (as well as the usual pub tipples) to choose from while you dine. The best part is your pooch can dine with you in the oak-panelled bar and bistro and may even get a treat or two! Visit www.gdhotel-yorkshire.co.uk
Voted the ‘Top Tea Place 2010’ and a ‘Tearoom of Excellence’ in 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013, the Black Swan Tearoom in the pretty Yorkshire village of Helmsley is both charming and traditional. At this pet friendly tearoom, you can enjoy a fabulous, quintessentially English Afternoon Tea experience. In addition to the traditional Afternoon Tea, which changes seasonally making best use of the local produce, there is a wide selection of brasserie style dishes – all of which can be enjoyed with your pooch by your side. There are also pretty gardens for you and Fido to enjoy when the weather is nice. Visit www.blackswan-helmsley.co.uk
Salami & Co. is a dog friendly cafe and coffee house where human and hound can sit back, relax and watch the world go by together. Situated in the market town of Otley near Leeds in Yorkshire, this dog friendly coffee house offers menus for both humans and their canine friends. With a modern and bright interior, Salami & Co. offer a range of single origin and bespoke coffees, homemade cakes and artisan pastries.
As well as using the finest ingredients from local suppliers for their brunch menu – which is served all day. Hounds are fully catered for with water bowls, mats to laze on, towels to dry off on and their very own menu – which includes, but isn’t limited to, venison sausages,
THE BEST DOG WALKS
Fancy frolicking on the beach? Then this hidden spot on the coastline is one of the best beach dog walks in Yorkshire. This gem of beach overlooks the North Sea, which can be admired to their fullest from Kettleness Point. The beach has plenty of room for mutts to run free and burn off some energy or take a dip in the sea. If you have worked up an appetite then head to The Royal Hotel, a dog-friendly pub in the nearby village.
Wessenden Valley Circular
If you prefer countryside walks then the Wessenden Valley circular route offers one of the most picturesque dog walking routes in Yorkshire. At just over 6.5 miles the route will see you and your pooch roam across the moorland valley at the top edge of the Peak Disctrict, taking in the six reservoirs of Blakeley, Wessenden, Butterley, Swellands, Black Moss and Redbrook. There are a few mini waterfalls along the route for pooches to cool off in and The New Inn dog-friendly pub awaits at the starting point in Marsden for drinks all round.
Staithes and Port Mulgrave
Take in the Yorkshire Heritage Coast on this 4-mile route coastal walk. The dog wall starts at Staithes harbour, winding through narrow lanes, before heading up along the Cleveland Way to Port Mulgrave – where you and Fido can admire the stunning views. You might want to put pooch on lead near the top due to steep drops, but there are plenty of fields and woodlands en route to stretch their legs in.
Knaresborough, the Nidd Gorge and Old Bilton
For a dog walk that takes in town and some of the best scenery North Yorkshire has to offer, head off on this 6-mile walk. Starting near near Conyngham Hall the route will take your and your hound through the pretty village of Bilton towards the River Nidd – perfect for a quick doggy dip. The Gardeners Arms in Bilton allows dogs in the beer garden for a pit stop en route, and back in town The Mitre is the place to grab some tasty pub fare and are very dog-friendly.
Welburn and Castle Howard
Take your furry friends for a Yorkshire dog walk through the Howardian Hills from the pretty village of Welburn. The region has been classified as an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’, and it’ easy to see why – with rolling hills, landmarks like the Castle Howard estate and plenty of space for dogs to run off-lead it’s a stunning spot for a dog walk. Don’t forget to stop at Pattabakes for a bite to eat, Welburn’s famous dog-friendly cafe.
York – Dick Turpin’s Walk
For something a little different head for the city centre of York an retrace the route of Dick Turpin and his faithful dog Nell. The 2-mile walk starts at Clifford’s Tower, passing by Turpin’s old local pub, The Last Drop Inn (also handily dog-friendly), before taking in some of York’s other sites. If you want to let poochy off lead for a run, the Tower Gardens is great for a romp.
DOG FRIENDLY ATTRACTIONS
Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway
Take a ride with your pooch on a vintage steam locomotives for a journey back in time. Settle back in beautifully restored Victorian and Edwardian carriages and enjoy a unique view of some of Yorkshire’s finest countryside or for something a little extra special, ride in a First Class saloon, or combine your trip with a Cream Tea, Afternoon Tea, Ploughman’s Lunch or Cooked Breakfast served on as you steam through the Yorkshire Dales. Plus dogs travel for free!
Ingleborough Show Cave
Ingleborough Mountain, one of the famous Three Peaks of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, is renowned for its caves and potholes. The area contains a labryinth of underground passages and watercourses hollowed out of the limestone rock over thousands of years. Head down into the Ingleborough Cave (dogs are welcome on lead) to explore the waterways.
Skipton Boat Trips
the waters for a peaceful boat trip as you drift by the lush green Yorkshire
Dales. Dogs are welcome on board (on lead) the comfortable canal boats, whether
it’s a chartered cruise or you want to be your own skipper on one of the day boats.
Burton Agnes Hall
Pop in and say hello to the Cunliffe-Listers at their turn-of-the-17th-century pile near Driffield, described by author Simon Jenkins as ‘the perfect English House’ in his book England’s Thousand Best Houses. The house itself is an absolute treasure trove and the award-winning gardens are a perfect adventure playground for dogs on leads.
This scenic spot is a popular choice for cyclists, joggers and walkers (both with and without dogs). Enjoy the lovely wooded surroundings and warm doggy welcome at the Forge Dam Café, which has served up great grub to weary walkers (and bowls of water for their tail-wagging companions) for more than 80 years.
WHAT TO PACK
With endless walks on offer and moorlands to explore, a decent pair of walking shoes are a must – as well as some towels to dry off muddy dogs in the wetter months. For those visiting a beach don’t forget to bring your costume – though the North Sea is pretty chilly year round so you might want to leave the paddling to the pooches. And of course, no visit to Yorkshire would be complete without accessorising with a flat cap!
WHEN TO GO
Take part on the Great British Dog Walk at Burton Constable Hall in April – not only do you get to enjoy the 3km or 8k routes with pooches-a-plenty but you will also help raise money for a good cause as proceeds go to the Hearing Dogs charity. For those into arts and culture then the Swaledale Festival is an annual celebration of music, poetry, film and walking in May, with many of the events dog-friendly. Foodies will enjoy the Malton Food Festival that takes place once a month. With beaches and plenty of cosy dog-friendly pubs to explore – Yorkshire makes a great destination year round.
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