Dog Friendly UK Holidays

With the wealth of scenic coastal walks, beautiful National Parks and long sandy beaches to visit in the UK, it seems a shame to leave the family dog behind when you go on holiday! With kennelling costs typically starting from £10 per day, dog friendly accommodation can also be a very cost effective holiday option for you and your four legged friend. Many holiday cottages, apartments and holiday parks will happily accept dogs at a small additional charge so the whole family can easily enjoy a coast or country break in the UK – search our excellent range of accommodation to find your perfect place today.

Peaceful country walks with your dog
Enjoy exploring some of the UK’s best countryside with your dog including the rolling Cotswolds Hills, the stunning Lakeland scenery of the Lake District or the rugged expanses of the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors. Wales is also an excellent base for a dog-friendly holiday with great walks available in Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia National Park or head to Scotland to explore the beautiful Scottish Islands on a pet friendly holiday. Dogs even travel for free on Caledonian MacBrayne ferry services which sail to twenty four destinations off the West Coast of Scotland.

For a real ‘back to nature’ holiday, why not book a log cabin on a peaceful forest? Stay in a choice of beautiful rural locations throughout the UK to be close to the countryside walks with many farms offering pet friendly accommodation or onsite kennelling facilities. Please see individual property information regarding any restrictions on walks with dogs when staying on a working farm.

Head to the coast for a relaxing holiday
If you are planning a holiday to the British coast, the South West of England is home to some of the best dog friendly cottages by the sea including Weymouth Beach in Dorset, Crantock Beach near Newquay (Voted Best British Beach by BBC Coast 2013!) and Daymer Bay close to Polzeath in Cornwall. If you are visiting the South East of England, the beaches of Brighton, West Wittering near Chichester and Botany Bay near Broadstairs all provide plenty of space of your dog to run around. It’s always best to check dogs are welcome before you book though as some beaches restrict areas where dogs can go over the peak summertime of May to September.

You could also enjoy walks along the 630 mile South West Coastal path with your dog which passes through pretty towns including the harbour town of Poole in Dorset and the family seaside resort of Minehead in Somerset. Alternatively, stay in a cosy cottage or welcoming B&B along the Pembrokeshire coastal path in South Wales for easy access 186 miles of scenic walks and over fifty wonderful beaches.

City breaks
Plenty of the budget chain hotels will also accept pets for a small fee which is ideal if you are planning a city break and wish to take your dog. Alternatively, search our accommodation for pet friendly holiday apartments throughout the UK which can be found in many of the Country’s top city break destinations and will often accept a small dog for an additional charge. There are also plenty of B&Bs in the UK ideal for a dog friendly holiday and some allow dogs to stay for free and provide extras including bowls, treats and their own bed.

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It’s Selfie Time – Best Ideas For Taking Awesome Photos of You and Your Furry Friend

What better way to celebrate the special bond you share with a pet than with some fun selfies? Whether you’re hitting the park for a rousing game of catch or just relaxing on a rainy Sunday, taking selfies with your dog can help you create lasting memories.

Unfortunately, it can be challenging to encourage your pet to work their angles and strike a pose. Here are some of the best ideas for taking photos of you and your furry friend.

Lock in Your Lighting
Finding the right lighting is the difference between a good picture and a great picture. If possible, opt for even, natural lighting for your photo. Avoid using the flash, as this can be shocking and damaging to your dog’s eyes.

If you’re in a dim room or plan on moving around, lock in your lighting. On an iPhone or Android, you can lock the AE/AF feature by tapping and holding the area where you want the camera to focus. This won’t make your photos blurry but will keep the lighting the same as you move around.

Zoom Out and Crop
We all love the up-close selfies of people with their dogs. However, it can be difficult to get the perfect snapshot when zooming in. Leave your camera zoomed out instead and crop as needed.

Taking zoomed out photos also gives you more room to edit and transform your images into something else. You can visit Instapainting and have your favorite animal selfie turned into an oil paint portrait or use editing software to replace the background.

Use Burst Mode
Burst mode will be your (second) best friend when taking a selfie with your dog. By snapping multiple shots, you’re more likely to get one where you both look great. Using burst mode also prevents you from having to check your pictures and reposition yourselves after every failed photo.

Choose the Right Timing
Keep your dog’s feelings in mind when trying to get a selfie. Try to avoid snapping photos when you know they’re hungry or itching to get out the door for their daily walk. Plan your selfie schedule around their existence, rather than the other way around.

Move Around Them
Learning how to move around your dog is a must for capturing the perfect selfie— especially if you have a large breed. It’s not as easy to get your dog into a position for the right shot as it is to position yourself.

If you maneuver your pet into a pose for a picture, check to ensure they’re comfortable before proceeding. Remember to give them lots of love and pats for their cooperation.

Use Sound Effects and Props
One of the challenges many pet owners face when trying to get photos of their pet is getting them to look at the camera. Fortunately, there are a lot of creative options for capturing your pet’s attention during selfie time.

One way to get your pet looking in the right direction is with sound effects. There are apps and features you can use on your phone to play dogs barking, cats meowing, and birds chirping.

Another way to get great pet selfies is to use treats and snacks attached to your phone. Get a phone attachment that holds a treat or toy to keep your pet’s attention for the photo. Remember to reward them with the treat or toy after your session is done!

Practice Makes Perfect
Practice makes perfect when it comes to taking selfies with your furry friend. The more you do it, the quicker the process will become. With some time and patience, you’ll be able to capture amazing selfies with your pet!

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Our Top 5 Walks in North Wales

Situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, The Old Mill Holiday Cottages are in the perfect location to explore the stunning scenery and beautiful views that North Wales has to offer.
Located in Flintshire a ‘Hidden Gem’ and only 1 hour from Liverpool and Manchester. Many of our favourite walks are lesser-known and are much quieter than in Snowdonia.
 
As a family, we’ve always enjoyed being out and about discovering new places, but with the addition of our new dog Eli, we’ve got more excuse now than ever!
 
I hope you love our ‘Top 5 Walks in North Wales’ as much as we do!
All of these walks give you the feel-good factor, but for walks that have stunning views, I’ve also included a ‘Stir-you-soul’ rating as well 😊

Top 5 Walks in North Wales

1. Penycloddiau Hill Fort, Llangwyfan
Difficulty Level – Moderate
Time – 2-hour circular
Footwear – Walking boots
Views to stir you soul – 5/5
Distance from the cottages – 3 miles

Penycloddiau is the largest hillfort in the Clwydian Range and one of the largest in Wales. Recent archaeological searches have found stone tools dating back 4000 years to the Bronze Age.

There are many walks in this area and on the main its usually very quiet (Don’t tell anyone!!).

Our favourite trail begins at the far right-hand side of the car park. The path takes you up a gradual incline through pine forest. (The path is a bit rugged in places, be careful of tree roots and uneven ground). Once through the wooded area, the views to the left over the Vale of Clwyd are just breathtaking!
Continue up the hill to the top of the hill fort – In good weather, you can see for miles around, the views are just stunning!

2. Moel Famau to The Jubilee Tower
Difficulty Level – Moderate
Time – 2 ½ hour circular
Footwear – Walking boots
Views to stir you soul – 5/5
Distance from the cottages – 10 miles

Park at the lower car park (Change needed for parking). Here there is a nice picnic area, play park and toilets.
Moel Famau is the highest hill within the Clwydian Range, there are several walks from this area, for a range of abilities – Which makes this, and Loggerheads the most well-known and popular of the walks listed.
 
There are x3 main trails signposted here. Our favourite is the purple trail – it’s a steady climb upwards (And gets your heart pumping!) It takes you through open countryside and woodland area, with beautiful views across the Clwydian Range.

The last section of this walk is the most challenging and includes a 30-minute steeper section – However, once you get to the top, you’re rewarded with reaching the Jubilee Tower, and stunning views across as far as Liverpool!

The Jubilee Tower was built to commemorate ‘Mad’ King George III and dates back to 1810 – However, it was never completed!.

3. Loggerheads Country Park
Difficulty Level – Easy/Moderate
Time – 1 to 2 hours +
Footwear – Sensible Foot-ware (Weather depending)
Views to stir you soul – 3/5
Distance from the cottages – 7 miles

Loggerheads Country Park is a very accessible walking area (Suitable for off-road prams as well) with a large car park, café, gift shop, picnic area and toilets. (Please note change needed for parking).

Loggerheads Country Park is such a wonderful place to go walking at any time of year. If you like, you can wander by the shallow river and quietly absorb the sounds and the beauty of the woodland. Or if you’d like a bit more of a work-out take a hike to the top of the cliffs, its hard work to get up there, but the views at the top are outstanding!
When you come back to level ground, there’s a café, gift shop and field where dogs and children can run and play games.

4. Clwydian Range – Afonwen – Known Locally as ‘The Tank Track’
Difficulty Level – Easy/Moderate
Time – 1 to 2 hours – Or much further if you wish..?
Footwear – Walking boots
Views to stir you soul – 4/5
Distance from the cottages – 3 miles

From the village of Afonwen, take the left turn towards ‘Afonwen Craft & Antiques Centre.’ (An ideal stop off – perfect for gifts and it has a great café.) Instead of branching left, continue straight up the steep hill. Please note – This road is known locally as the ‘tank track’ do drive carefully, the road is very steep and has main pot-holes!
 
Park in the small lay-by area. If you prefer a flatter walk, go through the 5-bar gate, to the right of the car park. Here you are on the Offa’s Dyke path, this is a much flatter and gentler walk, with sheep grazing in fields and isolated farms dotted around.

For a more challenging walk, climb to the top of the hill to the left – This is the chain of hills which make up the ‘Clwydian Range’. In the distance, you will be able to see Moel Famau. The landscape extends ahead of you, like a series of ‘big dippers’
For keen more experienced walkers, there’s plenty of scope for a long walk here…

5. Starting Point – The Old Mill Holiday Cottages
Denbigh Road, Melin-Y-Wern, Nr Mold
Difficulty Level – Easy/Moderate
Time – 2-hour circular
Footwear – Walking boots/wellies (Can be muddy in the Winter)
Views to stir you soul – 3/5
Distance from the cottages – 0 miles!

This is a circular walk, beginning at The Old Mill Holiday Cottages. The popular Cherry Pie Inn is just next door – An ideal stop for lunch or an evening meal after a day sight-seeing.
Cross in front of The Cherry Pie Inn. Take the footpath between the two bungalow cottages. Walk ½ mile to the end of the lane, at the T-Junction, you’ll see a bench, with a footpath sign to the right. Follow the footpath into the woodland.

On entering the wood, the footpath is clearly marked and meanders alongside the pretty stream. There are many shallow pools, making it perfect for children and dogs to paddle in.
Look out for the ‘Teepees’ (This is a lovely spot for children to play) Continue on through the woodland, until you reach a stile. Cross into the meadow (Fabulous wild-flowers grow here in the Summer). Walk diagonally to reach the top end of the field.

Cross the stile into the lane. Turn left downhill, into the pretty hamlet of ‘Nannerch Mill’. Walk up the hill (The lane flattens out) and after approx.1 mile, enter the rural village of Nannerch. With ‘The Cross Foxes pub’ opposite, turn left and through the village past the church. As you are leaving the village take the left turn. Continue straight on this lane, which gradually takes you downhill and back to the bench.

At the bench turn right – you have then completed the loop and are back on the lane to The Old Mill Holiday Cottages. (Cross the road in front of The Cherry Pie, for best visibility).
 
I hope this has inspired you to explore this beautiful part of Flintshire and Denbighshire in North Wales.

Dog walks in North Wales

Kindly Supplied by The Old Mill Holiday Cottages.

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The perfect solution to all your dog friendly needs

Head on the keyboard, I’ve had enough.  I’m tired of looking for the perfect solution to my needs.  I grab my coffee and head over to the back door where I stick my head out for some fresh air, oh I wish I could have a holiday somewhere quiet away from it all.  I know that’s not possible because of Lula my mix breed dog, she’s an absolute nightmare on the lead, in the house, in the car, you name it I hide from it!  So here I am stuck at home with my barking, lead pulling (that’s why we don’t get out much) dog.  I do love her and want to have a special bond with her but I can’t find what I’m looking for, I don’t even know what I’m looking for.

I pick up a tennis ball and throw it into the garden, Lula loves to play a game of fetch, it brings her alive and she brings it back and runs to fetch it, this could go on for hours how come it doesn’t make her tired?  I bring her in and try to wipe her paws, yes you guessed it she doesn’t like that either and we end up in a wrestling match with me flat on my face in the middle of the kitchen floor.

That’s it, I’ve had enough! I slam the back door and head out of the kitchen back to the computer.  I know what I’m looking for!  Dog Trainer in King’s Lynn is added to the web browser.  Dog Trainers, Behaviourists and Clubs/King’s Lynn/Norfolk wow that’s the one! I click and get a bright dog friendly page full of dog trainers in King’s Lynn.  I look though a few of the premium pages and it catches my eye Game Based Trainer.  Lula it is meant to be young lady, today is day one of our new journey.

The website was bright, light and full of fun, showing how games created learning through choice – I was hooked and clicked on the Make an Enquiry button on The Good Dog Website.  Excited I jumped up and made another coffee returning quickly to The Good Dog Guide website and where it said click to choose a category I chose Self Catering and in lovely Norfolk.  I booked our holiday for September which gives us four months of intensive game based training sessions to have the best holiday ever!

Thank you The Good Dog Guide you have it all covered!

Article supplied by to Julie Carter at MyLuka Dog Training Solutions

Best Locations for Dog-Friendly Holiday’s in Cornwall

Cornwall is an incredibly popular holiday destination not only for UK citizens, but for tourists all over the world! With a warmer climate than most of Britain, plenty of beautiful scenery, and a whole lot of character, it’s not hard to see why it’s so well-loved. If you’ve got a dog, you’ll be happy to hear you don’t have to miss out, either. There are plenty of dog-friendly spots in Cornwall that you can check out, and we’ve put together some of our favourites to get you started!

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Padstow
If you head to Padstow, you’ll be in good company – there are lots of dogs in this puppy-friendly town. A coastal fishing port, there’s plenty to do here, including visits to beaches, coastal walks, and plenty of tourist attractions. Take your dog to visit Prideaux Place, an incredible Elizabethan manor, or play fetch at Treyarnon Bay, a gorgeous spot by the sea. There are also plenty of restaurants, cafes, and traditional English pubs that will welcome your dog. If you decide to stay in the Padstow area, local company Harbour Holidays has a great selection of dog-friendly, self-catering cottages and holiday homes in the town and on surrounding beaches.

Penzance
With plenty of culture and character, Penzance is a hot-spot for holiday makers, and dogs are always welcome! Wherrytown Beach is dog-friendly all year long and is the perfect spot to let your pup stretch their legs and frolic in the sea, and the popular Newlyn Art Gallery will be happy to have your four-legged friend to visit. After a day of exploring, head to one of the many dog-friendly pubs and restaurants for a tasty meal and a locally-brewed drink.

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Newquay
If you and your dog are beach lovers, it doesn’t get better than Newquay. Chilled out and with an undeniable surfer vibe, this is a town that can’t get enough of the sea. Check out the many dog-friendly beaches, including Fistral beach where surfers ride the waves, and enjoy fish and chips whilst your pup plays in the sand. Head to one of the dog-friendly bars, such as Whiskers, to enjoy live music and a drink, or take a look at the dog-menu at The Wet Dog Pizza.

Bodmin
For history fanatics, Bodmin is the ideal Cornish holiday spot – and its super dog-friendly, too! It’s one of the oldest towns in the region, and the Cornish Rebellion of 1497 actually originated here. You can take a peep at the past at the dog-friendly Bodmin Jail or climb aboard an old steam train for an afternoon of fun. The Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry Museum is makes for a great day out, and it welcomes dogs, too! You can also enjoy many outdoor spots where your pup can stretch their legs, including The Camel Trail and Bodmin Moor.

If you’re heading to Cornwall with a dog, you can see that you’ll be spoilt for choice! There’s plenty for you to do and a whole lot of attractions to visit, so be sure to plan ahead for a dog-friendly trip that’s packed with fun.

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Five of the Best Beaches in Cornwall for Dog Walks

If you and your dog are lovers all of the sea, sand, and sun, Cornwall is a great place to visit. With some of the most beautiful beaches in the UK and a warm climate, it’s ideal for doggy days out! To help you find some great spots, we’ve put together our five favourite dog-friendly beaches in Cornwall that you should definitely check out.

dog friendly beaches

Perranporth
Easily accessible and with a long stretch of sandy beach that’s perfect for dogs to run, jump, and play, it’s no surprise that Perranporth is a popular spot for dog owners! Bring a tennis ball for some great games of fetch and a towel to dry off your pup after a dip in the sea. It’s close to Perranporth village, making it great for those who can’t walk so far, and has a great seaside café so you can stay all day if you want! Just be aware that in July and August dogs have to be on a lead between 9am and 5pm. There are loads of great dog-friendly places to stay nearby including a great collection of holiday cottages, houses and apartments in Perranporth from Duchy Holidays. This way you and your dog can relax in your home away from home, close to this glorious sandy beach.

Watergate Bay
Another large stretch of uninterrupted sand, Watergate Bay is a seaside haven for dogs. All year round, your dog can run free on the beach, exploring rock pools, playing with other furry friends, and splashing in the water. When it’s time for a break, set down a picnic blanket and enjoy some well-earned treats, watching the tide go out in time for sunset. Stay nearby at one of the wonderful dog-friendly hotels nearby including the sea-front Watergate Bay Hotel.

Mawgan Porth
Pretty quiet and without so many tourists, Mawgan Porth is ideal for dogs who are a little wary of crowds. This is a Sunday Times award-winning beach, too, so you can be sure you’ve picked a good spot! The waves are great for surfing, there are plenty of walks you and your dog can enjoy, and the local area is full of fun things to do and dog-friendly restaurants. Many accommodation providers in the area also welcome pets.

dog friendly beaches

Porthkidney Beach
Just 2 miles from St Ives, Porthkidney is a pretty popular beach where dogs can be left to run free across the sand – just be sure to put them back on a lead when you’re on any of the footpaths. When the tide goes out, this beach stretches for almost a mile into the sea, making it perfect for dogs with long legs who really need to let off some steam. Just remember to bring plenty of snacks and water! The St Ives area is a wonderful place for a holiday, and you’ll be spoilt for choice for dog-friendly places to stay in the area.

Lantic Bay
If you and your dog love a bit of adventure, Lantic Bay is the perfect beach spot. To reach it, you’ll first get to enjoy a mile-long walk across the lush cliffs that shelter the beach and breathe in the fresh coastal air. Once you’ve reached the sand, you can relax whilst your dog runs free, or join them for a dip in the sea. Lantic Bay is near Polruan, across the water from Fowey, on Cornwall’s beautiful south coast where you’ll find a huge range of dog-friendly pubs, restaurants and places to stay.

Finding a great beach for you and your dog to enjoy isn’t always easy, but with these great spots in Cornwall you should find one in one time. Just pick a spot for a holiday and explore with your dog. But remember to check local information as many beaches have seasonal restrictions for visiting dogs.

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Thinking of travelling overseas with your pet this year?

Join Deborah Elliott, Head of Pet Travel from Eurotunnel as she talks about planning your holidays this year.

We are a nation of dog lovers, April marks National Pet Month and with the weather finally starting to take a warmer turn, many of us are thinking about getting abroad with our furry friends. Who better to advise than Deborah Elliot, Head of Pet Travel from Eurotunnel, who has overseen over two million dogs popping across to Europe for their holidays.

In the show we lay out exactly what you need to ensure your holiday with your pet goes smoothly. From how to apply for a pet passport, to how to keep your pets relaxed on a car journey, we cover it all.

We even have a look at “petiquette”, useful pet phrases, and the low down on on/off lead walks!

For more information
https://www.eurotunnel.com/uk/tickets/travelling-with-your-pet/ /

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The UK’s Top Dog Friendly Holiday Destinations

Whether you want to de-stress from a busy job or have a thirst for adventure, going on holiday is always something to look forward to. If you’ve got a dog, we definitely recommend bringing them along too! Not only do you get to explore a new place or relax by the sea, you get to do it all with man’s best friend by your side. If you think it’s time to get away with your pup, check out our top dog-friendly holiday spots in the UK for a bit of inspiration.

Dog Friendly Holiday Destinations

Cornwall
Undeniably beautiful and with plenty of incredible outdoor locations, Cornwall is a hugely popular UK holiday destination – and its very dog-friendly, too! There are over 100 beaches that you and your pup can choose from, which is perfect for getting outdoors and letting your dog run, jump, and swim to their heart’s content. A bunch of the big attractions also let dog’s in, such as The Eden Project, and with a warmer climate you can enjoy plenty of time outside.

Lake District
If you and your dog love going on long walks and enjoy beautiful scenery, the Lake District could be your next holiday spot. The wider area of Cumbria has 20 English heritage sites that’ll welcome your dog, including Ambleside’s Roman Fort, and the remains of Penrith Castle. There are also plenty of lakes and rivers that your four-legged friend can splash about in, and even a lake cruise out on Windemere that dogs can join in with for free!

North York Moors and Coast
With a ton of dog-friendly holiday properties to pick from, beautiful coastal towns, and rural moorland, the North York Moors and Coast are great spots for your trip away. Start your day with a walk along the beach before enjoying a traditional pub lunch, and head to the woods or moors in the afternoon for some stunning scenery. The best part? Your pup can enjoy everything with you!

Dog Friendly Holiday Destinations

Devon
Head to Devon for warmer temperatures and beautiful beaches – it’s another firm favourite for dog-friendly holidays spots in the South. From coastal walks along the South West Coast Path to the grounds of Powderham Castle, there are plenty of activities you and your dog can enjoy together. In fact, there are over 25 dog-friendly tourist attractions that you can explore, so you can be sure of a full itinerary whilst you’re there!

Anglesey
For an abundance of coastal trails, head down to Anglesey and let your dog explore the great outdoors. With over 125 miles of coastal walks, you’ll certainly be kept busy! The paths lead you to many interesting spots, including fishing villages, woods, cliffs, and, of course, a lot of wonderful beaches. Your pup will love spending all day outdoors, taking in the scents and sights, and meeting plenty of other dogs along the way.

All of these wonderful holiday destinations have plenty of dog-friendly cottages and holiday homes where you and your family can get away for a well-earned break with your four-legged friend. For inspiration visit the Dog Friendly Retreats website which is full of wonderful ideas for pet-friendly getaways all over the United Kingdom.

There a lot of dog-friendly spots around the UK that are perfect for a holiday, making it easy to get away from home without leaving your pup behind! So, if none of these catch your eye, be sure to check out what else is out there.

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Eight reasons dogs love the forest

There is nothing quite like walking through the forest with your four-legged friend on a morning walk. Feeling the wind on your face and your dog tugging at the end of the lead. Hearing the cracks of twigs breaking underfoot and the sound of birds singing. Watching the beautiful sunrise between the trees and your dog’s tail wagging in excitement. Retiring to a cosy home – or home away from home – after a stunning forest walk with your dog makes it extra special. These are the eight reasons your man’s best friend loves the forest as much as you.

New smells
There are millions of new smells to discover throughout the forest and your dog will enjoy finding every one of them. My Golden Retriever dog – called Marley – loves the smells of squirrels and rabbits in our local woods.

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Seasonal changes
From seeing the bright green of leaves and blooming flowers in spring to feeling the leaves crunch under your feet in autumn, your dog loves to walk through the forest in every season. Marley especially loves autumn as he enjoys kicking up the crisp leaves as he runs.

Take extra note of the weather conditions for your dog as they may feel cold in windy, rainy, snowy or icy conditions. It’s worth noting that seasonal canine illness is an unexplained condition that could potentially affect dogs in the autumn after people have walked with their dogs in wooded areas.

Forest bathing
Forest bathing is a new therapy used to reduce stress or anxiety. Spending time in the forest with your dog can help reduce stress and anxiety in both you and your four-legged friend. Forest bathing involves walking slowly, breathing deeply and opening your senses to the forest. The therapy will calm and rejuvenate you and your dog.

Acres of woodland
There are hundreds of acres of natural forest to explore with your dog. You and your dog can see the hundreds of acres available to explore as a challenge and discover every inch on your walks. The acres of woodland also mean there are hundreds of sticks for your dog to fetch.
Remember to always bag and bin your dog’s waste and ensure dogs are safe playing with sticks. You should also check yourself and your dog for ticks after visiting woodland areas.

Meeting other dogs
Dogs love to meet other dogs. Forest walks are the ideal place for dogs to meet and enjoy some playtime during their walk. Marley loves to play chase with other dogs in the forest on his walks.

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Extra treats
If your dog is well behaved on a forest walk, it is likely he or she will receive delicious treats. Your dog may behave well during an encounter with another dog or by complying to a recall request on the lead. Marley always knows that when we go for a walk he will receive treats if he is well behaved.

Cosy homes
After returning to your cosy home – or home away from home in dog-friendly accommodation – your dog will love to curl up in their basket in front of a log fire at the end of the day. Every dog looks very cute curled up in their basket after a long day exploring.

Dog exercise areas
Most forest areas request that dogs are kept on leads to ensure wild creatures and birds are kept safe as well as other forest visitors. However, some places (such as at Center Parcs on pet-friendly breaks) offer designated dog exercise areas where your dogs can be let off the lead. Your dog can enjoy the freedom of running, jumping or playing in these dog exercise areas.

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Oak Tree Cottage: A Hidden Gem on a Welsh Nature Reserve Where Your Dog is Always Welcome

Off the beaten track, nestled in the heart of the beautiful Welsh Wildlife Centre & Teifi Marshes Nature Reserve in North Pembrokeshire, visitors both human and canine will find a recently refurbished getaway called Oak Tree Cottage – or the ‘Cwtch’ as it’s known to the locals.

Dog Friendly

A self-catering holiday cottage that’s perfect for those wanting to relax in comfort whilst surrounded by our amazing Welsh wildlife, and surprisingly, despite the vast and changeable spectrum of creatures that inhabit the beautiful Teifi Marshes, the reserve remains infinitely accessible to dog owners. The cottage itself is small and perfectly formed, and perfect for a small family or a couple, and is the ideal holiday retreat for those who are looking to disconnect from the rush of the world, and get back to nature.

There are no distractions to be had at Oak Tree Cottage. Itself set in the immediate compounds of the impressive Welsh Wildlife Centre, once the park is closed to visitors, the inhabitants of the cottage are given unique and unfettered access to the entire reserve and all it has to offer.

Watch otters at dawn, badgers and deer at dusk, kingfishers on the river and a wealth of flora and fauna during the daytime. Lulled to sleep by nature on the edge of a wood, in the heart of the nature reserve, you will have it all to yourself once the visitors have gone home. And with all of this fantastic, natural resource as your playground, comes winding walks through paths and walkways that your dog will love as much as you will.

Dog Friendly

The Cilgerran site is part of the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales, a regional section of the UK’s overall Wildlife Trust network, and a large part of the South and West Wales Trust’s ongoing commitment is to encourage a ‘dogs permitted’ policy. Whilst the Trust encourages diligence in order to help minimise distress and disturbance to local wildlife, it is quintessentially a welcome hub in North Pembrokeshire for families and visitors who want to take their dogs with them to this unique and captivating space.

The cottage is run and managed by on-site volunteers and trustees, and bookings at Oak Tree are handled by FBM Holidays, a well-known local holiday letting agency. A welcome hamper is provided with each booking, as are fresh brown eggs from the hens that live next to the cottage when available.

To enquire further or to book your dog-friendly break in the absolute heart of North Pembrokeshire’s most enchanting and inviting natural area, please visit https://www.fbmholidays.co.uk/cwtch