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Waving goodbye to your beloved dog is one of the hardest things about heading off on holiday. Luckily, here at Asda Money, we’ve uncovered some fantastic dog-friendly holiday locations right here in the UK, so there’s no need to leave your four-legged friend behind.
Autumn and winter are the perfect seasons for holidays with your dog in the UK. Whether you’re dreaming of woodland walks or watching your dog race along a deserted beach, it’s a wonderful time for enjoying life outdoors. It’s also a quieter time to visit many of our top holiday spots and without the crowds, your dog will have even more space to explore.
Here’s our guide to four of the UK’s best holiday destinations for dogs:
With beaches, castles, coastal walks and forests to explore; if you love the great outdoors, you’ll love Northumberland.
Voted ‘Best Beach 2016’ in the Kennel Club’s Dog-Friendly Awards, Bamburgh Beach offers an amazing amount of space for your dog to run and play all year round with no restrictions. Beautiful, clean and safe, this really is one of the UK’s best beaches for dogs.
If you can tear yourself away from Northumberland’s stunning beaches, you’ll also discover hundreds of woodland and countryside walks to enjoy.
With over 70 holiday parks, Parkdean Resorts offers a range of accommodation across the UK, with dogs welcome at many parks. A three-night stay at Cresswell Towers Holiday Park during October in a two-bed caravan costs from £139. Check the website and book early for special offers and discounts.
With mile upon mile of stunning coastline and pretty villages to explore, Cornwall is a popular destination all year round. Visit during autumn and winter and you’ll avoid the crowds.
Another Dog-Friendly award winner, Cornwall’s South West Coast Path offers a huge choice of circular walks, all close to pubs and accommodation where dogs are welcome. The 630-mile trail meanders along the UK’s south west peninsula, offering a challenge for even the most energetic dogs – though you might not want to tackle it all in one day!
If your dog loves the water, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to beautiful beaches in Cornwall. Visit Padstow’s Harlyn Bay to explore the rock pools and sand dunes. Then head to Newquay’s Fistral Beach where you can watch world-class surfers while your dog plays.
The Hen House in Cornwall welcomes dogs at a charge of £5.00 per night. Here you’ll find plenty to make your dog feel at home, including a laundry room for drying wet dog towels, spacious rooms and an enclosed garden. A dog-friendly room for two people starts from £80.00 per night, including breakfast.
Stunning countryside, picture-perfect villages and of course, hundreds of lakeside walks; the Lake District has plenty to offer dog owners.
Enjoy views of the water, without getting your feet (or their paws) wet, with a lake cruise. Dogs are welcome on both Windermere Lake Cruises (where dogs travel free of charge) and Ullswater Steamers (£1.00 per dog).
Sally’s Cottages offer several dog-friendly cottages in the Lake District. A seven-night stay in Keswick during October for two people and two dogs starts from £355.
Rolling countryside, ancient woodlands, picturesque villages, castles and market towns; Surrey has it all.
Enjoy a bracing walk before heading to one of the county’s many dog-friendly pubs. Favourites include The Fox and Hounds at Englefield Green and The Bell at Fetcham.
Don’t miss a visit to Runnymede either. Famous for its association with the sealing of the Magna Carta, today Runnymede is managed by the National Trust and offers a host of riverside and parkland walks, where dogs are welcome all year round.
The Greyhound Hotel in Carshalton offers rooms suitable for dogs, with a two-night weekend stay in November from £219, including breakfast.
Before packing up your pooch and heading away on holiday, take a moment to think about the extras you’ll need to ensure a comfortable stay for your dog. Remember to pack food and bowls, plus their basket, towel and favourite toys.
It’s also important to plan your journey carefully to include plenty of toilet stops for your dog, and make sure they have access to fresh water whenever they need it.
Ensure your pet is fitted with a microchip and check your pet insurance is up-to-date. With Asda Money Pet Insurance, you’ll be covered even while you’re on holiday. If you have any questions about Asda Money Pet Insurance, call us on 0800 181 4904 and we’ll be happy to help.
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