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For the perfect dog-friendly holiday you need a great place to base yourself and some fine spots to explore. On Paws & Stay, you’ll find barns, bothies, treehouses, cottages and other great places that give you both. Your home will have a bit of magic about it, your dog will be warmly welcomed, not just tolerated, and you’ll be perfectly positioned to discover somewhere incredible, whether that’s hills and woodlands or white sandy beaches.

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A cottage on the coast

Dog-friendly cottages near the sea in South Cornwall

Written by Jem Brownlee


There are hundreds of reasons to love Cornwall, from the endless unspoilt countryside and the quaint country lanes to the great local food that can be found at every turn. But one of the more obvious reasons is the incredible coastline. Whether it’s beach walks, exploring harbour towns or little fishing villages, or even just a good ice cream – Cornwall’s seaside is without parallel. We've rounded up a selection of our dog-friendly cottages near the sea in South Cornwall.
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Deck chairs in a garden

Dog-friendly cottages with an enclosed garden in South Cornwall

Written by Jem Brownlee


South Cornwall is the identical twin sister of North Cornwall. Sure, they’ve a lot in common. There are beaches galore, ice creams at every turn, and a very strong stance on whether it’s cream or jam first. But there are some subtle differences if you look close enough. If you’re looking to explore this southern region with a happy dog in tow and work out what makes it special, then we’ve got the perfect spots for you to check out – best of all, they’ve got an enclosed garden for your four-legged friend to enjoy!
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Our favourite coastal dog walks in North Cornwall

Written by Jem Brownlee


Whether you want a light amble or a whole day hike, the South West Coast Path in North Cornwall has plenty of spectacular sections for every kind of walk. Dog walking in this area is thrilling, with beaches for your hounds to run on and spectacular views from craggy cliff tops. It always pays to be conscious of high cliffs, so keep dogs on leads for maximum safety when you’re walking up high, and always keep an eye out for livestock and shorebirds, which should never be disturbed. There are plenty of inland walks, too, if you’d rather head away from the sea breeze. But if you’re planning a dog-friendly holiday in North Cornwall, here’s where to walk while you’re on the coast.
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A dog looking at wine on a table

Our favourite luxury dog-friendly cottages in Cornwall

Written by Jem Brownlee


Treats aren’t just for dogs. Sometimes, everyone needs a little special something! And Cornwall is definitely a special treat for humans and dogs. Cornwall’s a world of its own, with azure waters, awe-inspiring coastal crags and huge swathes of moor and wild green spaces. This stunning county’s a treat just to visit – let alone when staying in some of the most decadent spots available. Here are a few of our favourite luxury dog-friendly cottages in Cornwall.
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Our favourite dog-friendly cottages in Devon near a pub

Written by Jem Brownlee


We could all pretend like we don’t love a stint in a local pub, but who would we be kidding? The dog settles in under the table before you’ve even ordered (in theory) and you all relax, surrounded by the smell of fresh local food, and the sound of the crackling fire or the warmth of sunbeams in a pub garden. So, if you’re a pub lover, taking the hound to Devon, here are a few of our favourites.
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Our favourite dog-friendly cottages in the Lake District and Cumbria near a pub

Written by Jem Brownlee


There aren't many distractions in the Lake District and Cumbria – just miles and miles of pristine countryside, lofty peaks that beg a climb and, of course, lakes. Lots of them. This area is amazing for getting away with the dog and simply enjoying the huge amount of open green space and outdoor activities on hand. But, once the day’s over, and you’ve had your share of paddleboarding, woodland walks and lakeside strolls – you've earned the right for a treat. And that means one thing: a proper pub. Here are our favourite dog-friendly cottages in the Lake District and Cumbria near a pub.
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Our favourite dog-friendly cottages in North Cornwall

Written by Jem Brownlee


Epic cliffsides and rocky crags, coastal walks galore. Award-winning beaches, miles of unspoilt fields, tiny market towns or seaside fishing villages. Cornwall looks like a postcard of itself. So stunning, the name itself immediately conjures a hazy afternoon spent by the sea, taking walks along the South West Coast Path, or taking on national nature reserves and national parks. North Cornwall is the perfect spot to bring the dog for a few days of dream downtime.
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Dog-friendly days out in North Cornwall

Written by Lottie Gross


Dog-friendly holidays should be about so much more than just nice walks and pub trips. Although North Cornwall has plenty of great places to eat and drink after a long hike, this picturesque region also has loads of exciting things to do – and so many of them are dog-friendly, too. From cider orchards to historic sights, there’s plenty to keep you entertained on your next trip, plus exciting attractions that’ll have both dogs and kids enthralled. Here’s what to do on your next dog-friendly holiday in North Cornwall.
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Our favourite dog-friendly restaurants in South Cornwall

Written by Lottie Gross


Walks around South Cornwall’s craggy coves and on its sweeping beaches are always best paired with a hearty meal, but if you don’t fancy heading to one of the county’s wonderful country pubs, it’s worth seeking out one of its many dog-friendly restaurants instead. If you’re planning a holiday with your dog in South Cornwall, here’s where to eat.
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Our favourite dog-friendly pubs in South Cornwall

Written by Lottie Gross


The south Cornwall coast is a wild, windswept place with tiny coves perfect for swimming, beaches of soft yellow sand, and countless quaint fishing villages and charming towns to explore. Along with all this, it also has a whole host of excellent pubs waiting to be visited. From riverside watering holes to weather-beaten pubs overlooking the ocean, there are plenty of delightful places to stop for a drink with your dog in this county, and these are some of the best in south Cornwall.
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Our favourite dog-friendly restaurants in North Cornwall

Written by Lottie Gross


There are pubs aplenty in North Cornwall, but where do you go if you fancy something, well, fancier? Thankfully, this county is so dog friendly there are plenty of local restaurants to feast in that’ll allow the dog to join you for dinner, too. In North Cornwall, you can devour excellent seafood, comforting classics and international dishes in a variety of upscale venues. These are the best dog-friendly restaurants in north Cornwall.
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Our favourite dog-friendly pubs in North Cornwall

Written by Lottie Gross


Great pubs are ten a penny in Cornwall, with seaside hideaways and proper country inns for sampling the local brews. But Cornwall is a big county, with some remote corners, so exploring them all would be impossible all in one trip. If North Cornwall is your dog-friendly holiday destination, though, we’ve got a few ideas. These are the best dog-friendly pubs in North Cornwall.
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How to train your dog to sleep in a new place

Written by Dogtor™ Adem


Many of us struggle to fall asleep that first night away from home and our dogs are no different. Whilst being in a special holiday spot can be exciting, it could also feel strange and confusing for our four-legged friends. Dog behaviourist and trainer, Dogtor Adem, gives us his best tips on training your dog to sleep in a new place.
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Dog-friendly Devon: five of the best things to do with your dog

Written by Lottie Gross


Devon is a dreamy destination for a dog-friendly holiday: beaches, coastal walks, country pubs and seafood galore. This county is rich with opportunities for exploring. But between all of those meals and walks and trips to the beach, what else is there to entertain everyone – including the dog – on your next trip? From steam trains to engaging museums, here are our favourite dog-friendly things to do in Devon.
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Our five favourite dog walks in Devon

Written by Lottie Gross


The daily dog walk takes on a whole new appeal when on holiday in Devon. With over 3,500 miles of footpaths to follow – some tracking the craggy coastline and along sandy beaches, others offering romps across lofty tors further inland – it’s highly likely there’s a walk for everyone, no matter how much energy you have, and no matter the weather. You could roam across the often misty hills of Dartmoor, or simply stroll through woodland on the English Riviera. Here are five of our favourite dog walks for your holiday in Devon.
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Five of the best dog-friendly pubs in North Devon

Written by Lottie Gross


With a spectacularly dramatic coastline and plenty of glorious sandy beaches, quaint fishing villages and the epic landscapes of Exmoor National Park, there’s a lot to love about North Devon when you’re holidaying with the dog. But in between all those coastal walks, trail hikes and days out on the beach, you’re going to need to eat, and North Devon has some excellent dog-friendly pubs that’ll set tails wagging from the moment you arrive. Here are five of our favourites, plus where you can go to sleep off all the fun afterwards.
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Eating your way around Devon: seven dog-friendly restaurants

Written by Lottie Gross


With a wild and craggy coastline giving way to deep seas and plenty of green fields for growing crops and grazing cattle, Devon is well-placed for excellent food adventures. Thankfully, this county loves their dogs – and yours – so dining out here with your pet is easy. From fish restaurants to fiery pizza places, here are the best dog-friendly restaurants in Devon.
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Tricks of the trade: Easy dog training tips from dog behaviourist, Dogtor Adem

Written by Dogtor™ Adem


There are a number of reasons why you should spend time training your dog. Firstly, it can help you and your dog to bond and learn each other’s ‘language’. It can also help you to enjoy more time together – if your dog is obedient and well behaved it means that you can trust them to join you on more adventures. Another excellent reason to consider training your dog is that it can help to keep them safe. Your dog understanding how to stay, perform an ‘emergency stop’ if asked, or simply knowing not to run off, can avoid harm when out and about. To help you get off on the right foot with your training, here are my top dog training tips.
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How to overcome your dog’s car anxiety

Written by Dogtor™ Adem


As a dog behaviourist, a common question I get from clients is tips on how to stop dogs from barking or whining in the car. There are many reasons why your dog may bark or whine whilst travelling by car, but one of the most common causes is anxiety. Your dog may be telling you that they find the situation overwhelming. Here are my tips for building your dog’s confidence when travelling by car, and how to help them to settle and enjoy the ride!
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Six brilliant days out with the hound in South Cornwall

Written by Lottie Gross


Holidaying with dogs in Cornwall is a dream: plenty of beaches for racing around on the sand, ample miles to be walked on the South West Coast Path and over pretty rural areas inland. But not all trips should be about just beaches and walking – when we travel without our dogs, we visit attractions and museums, so why not do the same with your pet by your side? These are the best dog-friendly days out in south Cornwall, so get planning your next adventure.
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Dog-friendly walks in South Cornwall

Written by Lottie Gross


There are plenty of dog-friendly walks in south Cornwall, as this part of the British coastline is blessed with one of the most spectacular trails: the South West Coast Path. This county has some pretty spectacular inland walks, too, though, so there’s a stroll for every kind of walker and their dog. From thrilling coastal jaunts with brilliant attractions to river valley adventures, here are the best dog-friendly walks in Cornwall.
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From coast to countryside: North Cornwall’s best dog-friendly walks

Written by Lottie Gross


Whether you are looking for coastal hikes or inland romps across rolling countryside, north Cornwall has footpaths and trails for everyone and their dog. Dogs are so well catered for in this corner of Britain, you’ll find many pubs and cafes enthusiastically welcoming them in with open arms, too, so you can end your walk with a well deserved pint or a cream tea, while the dog gets a gravy bone under the table. From walks with spectacular views to wheelchair- and pram-friendly trails, here are six of the best walking routes in North Cornwall.
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Dog-friendly beaches you need to explore in North Cornwall

Written by Lottie Gross


North Cornwall’s dramatic coastline is peppered with beaches large and small, from tiny coves backed by tall cliffs to sweeping sands that stretch as far as the eye can see. And, thankfully, many of these beaches are dog friendly, meaning you needn’t leave your four-legged friends at home when you’re planning a holiday in North Cornwall. From the crashing waves of Watergate Bay to the intimate and remote Lundy Bay, here are some of the best dog-friendly beaches in North Cornwall.
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Ask Dogtor Adem: how can I stop my dog barking at the pub?

Written by Dogtor™ Adem


Whether it's at the pub, in a café, at a restaurant or any other dog-friendly venue you’d like to take your dog to, no one wants to listen to their dog barking. Instead, you want kick back and relax and make memories with your four-legged best friend. In this blog, I explain how to stop your dog barking and teach them to settle in these environments.
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5 things to think about during a dog-friendly holiday

Written by Dogtor™ Adem


After my recent Paws & Stay holiday to the beautiful Peacock Cottage in Devon, it got me thinking about how I typically plan days out with Bertha, including the steps I take, and items I pack, to make sure that our time together is enjoyable for everyone, two- and four-legged! Here are my five top things to think about during your dog-friendly holiday.
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Dog-friendly walks for your next trip to Cornwall

Written by Jem Brownlee


As much as we’d love to offer up Cornwall as some kind of undiscovered gem of a region, it’s actually rather popular and entirely for good reason. With almost mediterranean beaches, moorland, and hidden waterfalls, surf – and shacks offering steaming specialty coffee – Cornwall is worth sharing with everyone else that’s turned up to see it. But despite its popularity, you can still find quiet tracks and wanders off the beaten path to enjoy with your four-legged friend. We’ve picked a few we think you’ll love.
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Dog-friendly Christmas breaks

Written by Lottie Gross


Whether you want to get away for Christmas day or you just fancy a pre- or post-Christmas escape, dog-friendly getaways at this time of year can be fantastic. Almost all of the UK’s glorious sandy and pebbly beaches are open for dogs during December, as summer restrictions lift every October. And hundreds of Christmas markets are set up around the country to tempt you into a mulled wine, gingerbread biscuit or German bratwurst. If you’re planning a dog-friendly holiday this Christmas, here’s where to take the hound.
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Dog-friendly museums you can visit in Britain

Written by Lottie Gross


Days out with the dog are often best spent outdoors, but here in Britain, we can’t always rely on good weather. And while dog walks can be enjoyed regardless of rain and wind, it can sometimes be difficult to tempt your pet – and the kids – out for a stroll when it’s soggy on the other side of the front door. Fortunately, there are plenty of exciting rainy-day activities to be enjoyed, and visiting a dog-friendly museum is one of them. Here are some of our favourites.
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Dog-friendly cinemas across the UK

Written by Lottie Gross


With an ever-increasing dog population in the UK, all manner of unusual activities and adventures are becoming dog friendly, from museums to steam trains – and even the cinema. If you fancy catching a flick but don’t want to leave the dog behind – there might be a cinema near you or near your dog-friendly accommodation. Check out some of these dog-friendly cinemas across the UK.
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Britain’s best dog-friendly afternoon teas

Written by Lottie Gross


Afternoon tea is a great British tradition. Whether it’s a simple cream tea with warm scones or a spectacular three-tier cake stand packed with tiny crust-less sandwiches and delicate pastries, it can be a brilliant way to celebrate any special occasion (and that includes your dog’s birthday). There are plenty of places across Britain where you can indulge with your dog. Here are some of our favourite dog-friendly afternoon teas.
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How to be a sustainable dog owner

Written by Jem Brownlee


640,000 tonnes of ropes, nets and lines are lost at sea or purposefully dumped every year. They’re called “ghost nets” and it’s this staggering figure that led Xavier and his business partner, Sam, to create Tangle, a company that recycles this fishing equipment into pet products. We sat down with Xavier Warburton, co-owner of Tangle to learn a little more about his business, his ethos, and his tips on being a sustainable dog owner.
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How to prepare for a dog-friendly holiday

Written by Dogtor™ Adem


We’ve partnered with Dog Behaviourist, Dogtor Adem, to help you and your dog have fun and stress-free holidays together. In this blog, Dogtor Adem shares his top tips for preparing for a dog-friendly holiday, from training tricks to a packing list.
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Team story: How to prepare for your dog’s first season by Leila & Ruby

Written by Leila Wright


When Leila met Ruby, it was love at first sight. However, having always grown up with male dogs, Leila was new to dealing with a female dog's first season. This is the story of how they got on and top tips on preparing for your dog's heat cycle...
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Team story: Mountain biking with your dog by Ruth & Raphie

Written by Jem Brownlee


Slowly but surely, more and more activities are becoming dog friendly – whether that’s paddleboarding and canoeing, a spot of yoga, wild swimming or even surfing – which has started to see an eager pup at the nose of the board. One of the most achievable sports with a dog, however, is mountain biking (MTB). Now, this will of course depend on a few factors, firstly, whether you’re fit enough yourself – MTB is no easy feat, and second, whether your dog is fit enough too. Supposing you’re both up for it, it can be extremely rewarding, so we asked our resident MTB how they get on getting chased on the trails.
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Introducing: Dogtor Adem x Paws & Stay

Written by Dogtor™ Adem


Taking your dog on holiday is a joyful experience, but it can also present a whole new set of challenges. We’ve teamed up with Adem Fehmi aka Dogtor Adem who is an expert Dog Behaviourist and Trainer with his own training centre, Dog-ease. Trips with your dog should be stress-free, and fun, so we’ll be asking Adem for his best tips to make the most of your time away with your canine companion!
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What does 'dog friendly' mean at Paws & Stay?

Written by Jem Brownlee


What 'dog friendly' means to us is no easy topic, and we certainly can't cover it in just a few sentences. The longer you sit with it, and the more people you ask -- the harder it gets. The fact is, it's not the same for everyone, but here's what it means to us (clue: dogs are truly welcomed!).
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Dog-friendly wedding venues (and where to stay nearby)

Written by Lottie Gross


Dogs at weddings might sound like a chaotic idea, but having your dog join you for your special day is a beautiful thing. After all, a wedding day is all about sharing your love with family and friends, and most of us dog owners consider our pets to be part of the family too, so why shouldn’t they be invited? Even if you don’t own a dog yourselves, having your family and friends’ dogs at your wedding can be a brilliant addition to the guest list – they’re a great icebreaker when in a room full of people who may not know one another. When I took my dog, Arty, to a friend’s wedding in 2022, I met lots more of her family than I’d anticipated, because they all wanted to know about the dog. Plus, dogs look great in wedding photos, too.
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Team story: How to overcome dog car sickness by Helen & Odin

Written by Jem Brownlee


We love to think of dogs in human terms. We talk about their facial expressions, moods and favourite toys. But it may surprise you to learn they also get a few of the ailments that bother us too! Dogs can get allergies, hay fever and even suffer from car sickness, as team member Helen messily discovered when she started travelling with her bordoodle, Odin. We asked her for a few tips on getting through those long car journeys as smoothly as possible.
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The most dog-friendly National Trust places to visit

Written by Lottie Gross


From castles to country house estates, the National Trust has some fascinating properties all over Britain, telling the stories of aristocrats, farmers, landscapers and well-to-do families from our history. Cultured dogs can join their owners on many a visit, too, exploring vast estates and even enjoying a cream tea in the onsite café, too. Here are the best National Trust properties to visit with dogs.
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Rainy day activities for a dog-friendly holiday in the UK

Written by Lottie Gross


We can’t always rely on good weather when we’re on holiday abroad, but at home it can be even more unpredictable. Whether you travel with your dog in summer and have a few unseasonal downpours, or you take your dog-friendly holidays outside of peak season when it might be a little soggier, here are a few ideas for things to do with your dog when it’s raining.
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Garden centres you can visit with your dog

Written by Lottie Gross


Whether you need some new plants or you simply fancy a day out doing something a little bit different with the dog, hundreds of garden centres across the UK welcome our pets with open arms (and treats at the till). If you need to stock up on succulents and hardy perennials, these are the best dog-friendly garden centres to visit. Top tip: if you’ve got a dog who scent marks, remember to keep an eye on them around plants displayed close to the ground – no one wants to buy a bush that’s already been “claimed” by your pet!
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Eight dog-friendly cabins for a cosy getaway

Written by Jem Brownlee


As the leaves are falling from the trees, the nights feel cooler, and the scarves are no longer on offer in the shops, your four-legged friend is likely looking forward to some weather better suited to their lovely coat. There's no better time to be considering a getaway to celebrate. If you’ve never taken a trip with your dog, this is the way to do it right the first time – with four walls steeped in hygge and perhaps a rocking chair or two, or a veranda to watch the shades of autumn creep in.
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Seven cosy dog-friendly cottages for your next trip

Written by Jem Brownlee


It’s hard to escape the pull of a cottage on a cosy day, somehow it just feels right. What the beach house is to a hot sunny day, the cottage is to colder weather – and the season’s closing in fast. Whilst our four-legged friends probably don’t know it’s coming, they’ll sure be thrilled for some cooler weather when it arrives. Maybe it’s the falling leaves, or the overheard call of birds flying south – maybe it’s just the increasing urge to watch The Holiday – but the call of traditional flagstones and roaring fires can’t be ignored. We rounded up a few of our favourites for this cosy season.
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Travelling on public transport with your dog

Written by Lottie Gross


Going car-free with your dog is not only better for the environment, but it’s also part of the adventure. Trains, buses and ferries can provide a window on the world as you travel across the seas, along rivers or on the tracks through big cities and remote countryside. I’ve travelled thousands of miles with my dogs over the last five years, taking sleeper trains all the way down to Cornwall and up to the Highlands of Scotland, and hopping on buses and ferries to reach far-flung British Isles, from Shetland to the Isle of Wight. I’ve even taken my dog on a small plane to the Isles of Scilly in Cornwall. Based on my learnings from years of adventuring with dogs, here's what you need to know about travelling with dogs on public transport.
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Group holidays with dogs: how to handle bringing the whole pack

Written by Lottie Gross


Holidays are when we make some of our fondest memories, and many of us want to make those memories with extended family and friends. Whether you’re travelling with grandparents, parents, kids, friends or extra dogs – or all of the above – there are a few things you should consider before taking a group holiday with your dog. Here’s what you need to know.
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Dog friendly shopping centres

Shopping with dogs: where to go for retail therapy with your pet

Written by Lottie Gross


Shopping isn’t traditionally a dog-friendly activity – our pets probably much prefer running around on brilliant beaches or exploring our national parks, and many shops don’t allow dogs inside. But shopping with your dog can be a great way to socialise your pet in busy environments, and to reinforce any training you’ve done. Plus, you might get to pick up a little treat for yourself along the way, and where’s the harm in that? Contrary to popular belief, there are plenty of places across Britain where you can take your dog shopping. Here are some of our favourite dog-friendly shopping spots. Top tip: if you’re unsure of whether a store is dog-friendly, it’s always best to ask. If you’ve a small dog, it’s polite to carry them inside to find out, while with larger dogs you’re best off sending a friend inside to check first.
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Team story: Getting a rescue dog by Raquel & Rhia

Written by Jem Brownlee


It will come as no surprise that many, if not most of our team are dog owners. And dogs, much like people, have wildly different backgrounds, personalities, and stories to tell. One such story is of Raquel, our very talented Operations Coordinator, and her corgi-chihuahua, Rhia. We chatted to Raquel and found out how the two met and how they became the inseparable duo that we see working and wuffling around the office.
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How to be a responsible dog owner

Written by Lottie Gross


In a bid to help everyone be the best owner they can be for their dog, here are some of the top things I’ve learned to become a responsible dog owner.
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Dog-friendly restaurants in Cornwall

Written by Lottie Gross


Cornwall is one of the most popular dog-friendly holiday destinations in Britain. It has a coastline lined with sandy beaches – many of which are dog-friendly year-round – and a coastal path that’s begging to be walked on a daily basis. In amongst all of this is fascinating mining heritage, tiny fishing villages and towns, and a whole host of excellent pubs and restaurants for refuelling after big adventures. Here are the best places to eat in Cornwall with your dog...
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Moving house with dogs: tips to help them adjust

Written by Lottie Gross


Moving house can be stressful for dogs, but there are plenty of ways you can make it anxiety-free, rather than a traumatic experience. Preparation is absolutely key, says professional animal behaviourist at So Help Me Dog, Emma Barnett, who has offered this advice on how to help your pet cope with the packing process. From moving day to settling into the new home.
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Forthglade's dog-friendly holiday guide to Devon

Written by Forthglade


Devon is all about enjoying the great outdoors, look no further to find somewhere to adventure with your dog this summer. We've teamed up with Forthglade to create a guide for your next dog-friendly holiday in Devon.
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The top towns & regions to visit in Scotland with your dog

Written by Lottie Gross


Scotland is a truly thrilling destination for dog owners. This vast and varied country has immense and impressive landscapes that’ll have you lingering for hours, a culture of dog-friendly pubs where live music and jaunty ceilidhs spring up at a moment’s notice, and a coastline that’s sprinkled with tiny, remote bays, fringed with soft white sand. Here are some of the best places to visit in Scotland with a dog – and why we love them.
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Tips for getting out with your dog on the water

Written by Lottie Gross


Water is a bit like Marmite for dogs, they either love it or hate it. Some take to it like a duck (or rather, dog) to water and others will try to run away as soon as they get sight of a hose. Travel writer, Lottie Gross, has had both types of dogs and had various experiences on being out on the water with them. So, if you want to get your dog out on or in the water, here are her handy tips.
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The best dog-friendly days out in Herefordshire

Written by Tracey Davies


Nothing quite says “perfect staycation” than a scamper around cider country. Herefordshire is a brilliant place to bring our four-legged fur pals. Not only are there hundreds of great scenic walks, from the castle ruins along the Mortimer Trail to a muddy meander along the Wye Valley Walk, but most of the country pubs warmly welcome our waggy tailed friends. Whether you want to splash around in the River Wye, romp along the Gruffalo Trail at Queenswood Country Park and Arboretum or explore the magical ruins of Goodrich Castle, good dogs and their humans are simply spoilt for choice. Here are some of our favourite things to do on a dog-friendly holiday in Herefordshire.
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A car-free guide to the Lake District with your dog

Written by Campaign for National Parks


In peak times, The Lake District's narrow roads are a sea of bumper-to-bumper traffic, causing damage to the environment, restricting local communities and, let's face it, making it a much less fun place to visit. Since 1936, Campaign for National Parks have been fighting to keep our national parks safe and open to everyone. For the next few years, they've made transport one of their key battlegrounds and so they've created this handy guide for getting to and around The Lake District with your dog but without a car.
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Layers of meaning - the creation of our overtourism imagery

Written by Naomi Sandercock


Natacha de Mahieu is a Belgian photographer and videographer, whose recent series of composite images set out to spark a conversation about overtourism. After she’d been out working in St Ives, The Lake District and Durdle Door for us, we chatted to her about the nature of her work, the reaction she’s had and the long hours of editing.
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What we've learnt as part of our overtourism campaign

Written by Naomi Sandercock


We always knew that overtourism was going to be a complex issue, especially for a travel company, but we knew we had to take action. Our policy of capping the number of places we work in destinations affected by overtourism was a beginning, not an end. We have learnt, and are always learning, how nuanced the issue is and how to approach it more effectively. Here’s our progress so far and a little about our plans for the future.
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The best towns and villages to visit in Cornwall with your dog

Written by Tracey Davies


Buttery sand beaches, blustery coastal paths and the scent of freshly baked Cornish pasties around every corner, a holiday in Cornwall is heaven for hounds. Packed with hundreds of dog-friendly beaches, pubs, cafes and restaurants, you're always assured a wet nose welcome and a belly rub (dogs too). From a salt-whipped romp along the Camel Trail in Padstow to snuffling through the Lost Gardens of Heligan in Mevagissey, here's our pick of the best towns and villages in Cornwall for a dog-friendly holiday.
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Our dog-friendly guide to North Cornwall

Written by Tracey Davies


Jam first or cream first? Miss Babs doesn't care, just hand over the scone. There are a million and one reasons why North Cornwall is one of our favourite doggy destinations, and the abundance of Cornish clotted cream teas is just one of them. From salt-whipped romps along rugged coastal paths, sandy scampers across vast Atlantic beaches to the many attractions which warmly welcome our four-legged friends. North Cornwall is one of the most dog-friendly counties in the country. Most pubs, cafes and restaurants allow dogs and will happily dish out water bowls, treats and belly rubs on demand. Whether it's sniffing out Merlin's Cave at Tintagel Castle or learning to surf on Fistral Beach, here's our guide to the best dog-friendly things to do in North Cornwall.
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Our dog-friendly guide to South Cornwall

Written by Tracey Davies and Miss Babs


Meandering coastal paths, vast sandy beaches and cosy country pubs to hunker down in with a pint of Cornish cider and a sausagey snack, you simply can't beat Cornwall for doggy staycation. One of the most dog-friendly counties in Britain, our four-legged friends are welcome everywhere from the Eden Project to the Lost Gardens of Heligan making south Cornwall a perfect base for your next fur family holiday.
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The Caledonian Sleeper Train: What it's like to ride a dog-friendly night train

Written by Lottie Gross


Travel writer Lottie Gross hit the rails with her Manchester Terrier Arty to find out what it’s like to travel on an overnight train with a dog.
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Unusual things to do with your dog on holiday

Written by Lottie Gross


Travelling with dogs in the UK can be highly rewarding: new memories made together strengthens your bond and will help build your dog’s confidence and trust in you. But sometimes, it can be tricky to know what to do while you’re away with the hound, especially when the weather isn’t great. Holidays should be about more than just a lovely place to stay and a good pub with a walk nearby (though I love all those things, too), so I’ve dedicated the last three years to finding the best activities for my books on dog-friendly travel. Here are some of my favourite unusual activities you (probably) didn’t know you could do with your dog.
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Tips for going on holiday with a nervous dog

Written by Lottie Gross


My dog hasn’t always been anxious, but as he has grown older his confidence has waned, and today, he can be a little skittish and nervous around new dogs and strangers. This has certainly made travelling a little more challenging – gone are the days we can rock up to any dog-friendly beach and set him free to run about in the height of summer – but it doesn’t make it impossible. And I’ve had a lot of fun seeking out the more remote and quiet places for us to enjoy together on research trips for my dog-friendly travel books. I’ve now been travelling with an anxious dog for around two years and I’ve learned a lot, so here’s my best advice for you and your travels with a nervous pup.
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Considerations for your dog’s health this summer

Written by Lottie Gross


Summertime often means longer walks and more adventures for us and our dogs, as the evenings are lighter and the school holidays approach. But with more activity comes more risk, and there are some important health issues you need to think about when travelling with your dog in summer. Here’s what you need to know.
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How to build a meaningful relationship with your dog

Written by Forthglade


If you're reading this article, chances are you really care about your dog... but, it can be easy to take love for granted when life gets busy. We know first-hand the amazing love and support that a dog can provide and the benefits that they have on our mental health. Their unconditional love are just what we all need in life, but equally they crave our love and energy no matter what's going on. We've partnered with Forthglade, who share their top tips on creating a meaningful, long-lasting bond with your dog!
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What you need to know about changing your dog's food

Written by Forthglade


Do you always give your dog the same food? It’s common to stick to one brand, but it’s crucial to know when a change may be needed. We asked our friends at Forthglade to share their top tips on when to consider changing your dog's food, and how to go about transitioning over to new grub.
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How to help your dog overcome separation anxiety

Written by Forthglade


Helping dogs overcome separation anxiety can be a challenging process for both dogs and their humans. Understandably, some four-legged friends become so reliant on human company that they struggle to cope when left alone, even for short periods of time. There are many reasons why dogs experience separation anxiety, but equally, there are many ways to overcome it - which our friends at Forthglade explain in this blog...
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What makes a holiday perfect for dogs? Here’s Milo’s holiday wishlist.

Written by Lucy Thackray


While a human’s hit list may include a rustic cabin, lovely views and manageable driving distance, it’s important to make sure your holiday ticks lots of boxes for your furry best friend, too. After all, who is better at letting you know what brings them instant joy than a dog? Milo the springador has his own wishlist for a great holiday and if he could talk, this is what we think would be on it:
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The best dog-friendly days out in Northumberland

Written by Tracey Davies


One of the most welcoming, dog-friendly counties in England, Northumberland has a million and one attractions to make your tail wag. Scamper up and down the sands of Bamburgh Beach, scoot along Hadrian's Wall or sniff out one of the many medieval castles which line this craggy north coast. There’s a bone-shaking ride on the Heatherslaw steam train, boats to the Farne Islands, or gentler pursuits like a wet-pawed wander (if you time it for low tide) over to Lindisfarne Priory, where curious hounds can mug up on the area's Viking history. Here are some of our favourite things to do on a dog-friendly holiday in Northumberland.
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The best dog-friendly beaches in Northumberland

Written by Tracey Davies


Splashing through the surf, scooting up sand dunes and chasing salty sticks of driftwood across the sands, the Northumberland Coast is quite rightly listed as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and a brilliant destination for a dog-friendly beach holiday. The beauty of the beaches along the Northumberland Coast is that they are mostly sand, which is gentle on paws. Most of the beaches along this stretch allow dogs all year round, but it's worth checking for signs; as there's the odd spot like Beadnell Bay, which is designated a Special Protection Area for birds, where access maybe restricted around nesting time. Although most of Northumberland's beaches tend to slope gently into the sea, currents can be strong, so even if your pooch loves a doggy paddle don't let them get beyond their depth. Of course, most pubs and cafes along this glorious stretch of coastline warmly welcome a sandy paw or four, so there's plenty of opportunity to rest and refuel. Check out our favourite dog-friendly beaches in Northumberland.
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The best dog-friendly walks in Northumberland

Written by Tracey Davies


With dramatic hills, medieval castles and miles of wide sandy beaches, Northumberland is a dream holiday for adventurous dogs and their humans. Watch red squirrels in Northumberland National Park, doggy paddle through Kielder Water or splash in the waves at Seahouses. There's plenty to make a tail wag on a dog-friendly holiday in Northumberland. Most of these walks are livestock free, but there are some areas where dogs must be on leads for safety. Best of all, whether you're bouncing through the sand dunes of Bamburgh or racing up the Cheviot Hills, there's usually a cosy dog-friendly pub or two along the way...
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The best dog-friendly pubs in Northumberland

Written by Tracey Davies


Wide sandy beaches to dig, mountainous dunes to climb and sea-battered castles to sniff, the Northumberland Coast is a joyful playground for happy dogs. And inland is just as enchanting. Romp along Hadrian's Wall, explore the forests of the Northumberland National Park and swim in the vast lakes of Kielder Water. Of course, all this romping works up quite a thirst – for hounds and their humans. Luckily, Northumberland is not short of a fine boozer or two, where soggy paws and waggy tails are always allowed. Here are a few of our favourite dog-friendly pubs in Northumberland...
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Keeping muddy paws clean on holiday

Written by Lottie Gross


Whether you’re going romping out in the rain or you’ve got a dog that just loves a muddy puddle – Golden Retrievers, we’re looking at you – sometimes you can’t help having a mucky pup. At home, this usually involves a careful clean up operation: perhaps it’s an outside tap and hose, or a wipe down with a towel in the porch before heading up to the bathroom for a proper wash. When on holiday, though, we can’t always guarantee there will be the right kind of cleaning equipment provided, so you’ll need to come prepared for all eventualities. Plenty of Paws & Stay properties have an outside dog wash station, such as the fabulous Owl House in Shropshire and Lymore Orchard in Hampshire, but when you don’t find what you need, here’s how to keep your pet clean on your next dog-friendly holiday.
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Things we wish we knew before our first dog-friendly holiday UK

Written by Lottie Gross


Taking the dog on holiday can be richly rewarding. Whether it’s their first trip to the beach or their fiftieth, it’s always enjoyable to watch your dog explore new surroundings, sniff new smells and settle down with you for the evening in your bothy, or a treehouse, or a luxurious cottage. But dog-friendly holidays aren’t always the simplest – you have to consider how far you’re travelling, where you might be able to walk them, and what the rules of the road are. We’ve made plenty of mistakes on our dog-friendly adventures and now, so you don’t have to do, here are our top tips for travelling with your four-legged best friend.
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Tips for long car journeys with your dog

Written by Lucy Thackray


Setting off on a long drive with a dog? While many dogs find time in the car comfy and stress-free, it varies from pet to pet. Here’s what to consider when heading off on an hours-long journey with your canine companion.
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Winter coat, summer coat – all-season outerwear for your dog

Written by Lucy Thackray


If you’re anything like us, you spend a bit of time putting various coats in and out of a bag when you’re planning to go away. The heavy quilted parka for a midwinter break, the comfy fleece for nights round the campfire, light waterproof for, well, pretty much every season here in the UK. But what about your dog? Whilst our four-legged friends are often more than happy to go au naturel, there are plenty of options to give you a canine coat conundrum to match your own. Here are some of our recommendations for cutting-edge fabulousness and function in dog outerwear.
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Dog-friendly holidays: etiquette for pets on the road

Written by Lottie Gross


Holidaying with your dog is an immensely rewarding experience for both of you: making memories and strengthening your bond in new places, while trying new things, is what it’s all about. But in order to have a safe, stress-free holiday, there are a few things you need to know. This pet etiquette for dog-friendly travel will see you through your adventures together.
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How to help your dog stay happy on holiday

Written by Lottie Gross


A dog’s first holiday can be a daunting and confusing time for them. Not only are they going to be sleeping in a new place, but their days will likely be filled with extended walks, new environments and new acquaintances – both human and animal. All those new smells might make them a little anxious, but there are plenty of ways you can build up their confidence and help keep them calm and relaxed while you’re away so you can all have a brilliant holiday.
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The best dog-friendly places in the UK

Written by Lottie Gross


Be it dog-friendly beach holidays to city breaks with your pet, the UK has some spectacular places to visit with your dog. But not all destinations are made equal for travelling dog owners, and some places are more welcoming for dogs than others. Those with the most dog-friendly cafes, pubs and restaurants, year-round dog-friendly beaches and have plenty of attractions that welcome your hounds – are by far the best places to bring the dog for an adventure. But where are they? Right here:
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Ten of the best dog-friendly pubs and restaurants in the UK

Written by Lucy Thackray


There are many reasons dog owners book a UK break with their trusty hound: the health benefits of walking in nature or being by the sea, to visit friends nearby, or seeing local landmarks, among others. But one of the biggest highlights of a weekend away is good old-fashioned British food, be it in a must-visit restaurant in the area, or a raved-about local pub. These delicious lunch stops should be booked well in advance, perhaps as a gourmet pit stop after a long walk, or dinner out after a day at the beach. Far from being any old boozer you’d stumble on while out on a walk, each of these dining spots is a destination – and they’ll welcome your four-legged companion with a smile and scratch behind the ears.
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How to get your dog to settle in the pub

Written by Lottie Gross


There is no stop more rewarding at the end of a dog walk than the pub, but for many dogs, it can be a challenge to settle in such a busy, food-rich environment, especially when there are lots of other dogs around. In turn, this creates a frustrating and often stressful experience for owners who are forced to spend their time adjusting the dog’s behaviour rather than enjoying that well-earned pint. There are, however, plenty of ways to keep your pup entertained in the pub and there’s preparation you can do at home to help them master relaxing in a restaurant – no matter how many steaks go by on plates. Here are our top tips for helping your dog to settle in the pub.
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Hiking with dogs: what you need to know

Written by Lottie Gross


Dog-friendly holidays offer an opportunity to enjoy some much bigger and better dog walks than you can do at home. But hiking with a dog isn’t as simple as picking up the lead and heading out the door. If you’re taking to the trails – be it a coastal path in Cornwall or a mountain pass in Scotland – here’s what you need to know about hiking with your dog.
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The best dog-friendly pubs in Sussex

Written by Tracey Davies


After a muddy romp across the South Downs, there's nothing nicer than settling down with pint of local ale, usually called something like Wibble's Water or Butt Scratcher, and a tasty Bonio biscuit in a dog-friendly pub. Luckily, Sussex is blessed with an abundance of such drinking holes, usually tagged onto the end of a good long walk and where wet noses and muddy paws are always warmly welcomed. Naturally, we've road-tested a few and here are some of our favourites for dog-friendly holidays in East and West Sussex...
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What to do if your dog gets ill on holiday

Written by Lottie Gross


While your dog-friendly holiday will likely go as smoothly as a whippet’s short-haired coat, sometimes accidents do happen. When you’re away from home, there are just as many – and sometimes more – risks for your dog, which could result in injury or illness, so being prepared for such eventualities is important. Whether it’s a sickness bug, a pulled muscle or something more serious, here’s what you need to know.
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The best dog-friendly beaches in Sussex

Written by Tracey Davies


Digging in the sand, chasing pebbles or splashing about in the shallows of the briny English Channel, you simply can't beat a scamper around the seaside. Sussex has some of the best dog-friendly beaches along the South Coast. And unlike the sandy shores of Cornwall, Devon and Dorset, Sussex beaches are largely of the shingle variety, so no damp sandy paws to deal with. From Hastings to Bognor Regis, Camber to Climbing, we've picked our favourite dog-friendly beaches to explore with your four-legged friends.
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The best dog-friendly walks in Sussex

Written by Tracey Davies


Sussex is a dream place for dog walks, just ask any four-legged rambler. Rolling hills lined by sturdy, well-marked paths, easy looped walks and some of the finest views along the South Coast. While most of these suggestions are largely livestock-free and safe for dogs, it's always good to mug up on the Dog Walking Code. And whether it's a romp around Cissbury Ring or a crawl up Ditchling Beacon, most of these dog walks involve at least one dog-friendly country pub along the way...
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Dog-friendly walks around Sussex vineyards

Written by Tracey Davies


There's only one thing that can make a romp across the South Downs even better, and that's if there's a glass of locally grown sparkling wine waiting for you at the end. From the stunning white cliffs of the Seven Sisters, the wooded playground of the Ashdown Forest to the rolling hills and valleys of the South Downs, Sussex is perfect for a dog-friendly holiday. In recent years, the counties of East and West Sussex have drawn herds of thirsty wine enthusiasts thanks to the raging success of its home-grown fizz. Lying around 90 miles from France's Champagne region, the chalk-rich soil and maritime climate – both the secret to good fizz – means this corner of England could be the new Épernay. In West Sussex, the South Downs is covered with thousands of acres of ribbed-green vineyards, many within a stone’s throw from the sea. While the vineyards of East Sussex are peppered with villages of pink thatched cottages and Norman churches, often rolling down to the beach. And both are blessed with some excellent walks, dog-friendly cottages, and wine tasting experiences. Take a look at some of our favourite vineyards to visit with your dog.
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Eight dog-friendly castles to visit in Scotland

Written by Lottie Gross


Castles are almost ten-a-penny in Scotland, thanks to the country’s rich clan history, whereby rich and powerful families built themselves grand homes and fortifications with which to hold onto their money. Today, while many of the clans – and the feuds that happened between them – have been disbanded, their mighty ramparts still stand across the country. Many of these are now stately homes or even royal residences, and others are preserved in a dramatic state of ruin, making them fascinating, atmospheric places to explore with the dog. These are a few of the best castles in Scotland to visit on your dog-friendly holiday.
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Dog-friendly things to do in Scotland

Written by Lottie Gross


From sea lochs to mountain peaks, Scotland is an outdoors adventure playground – making it perfect for dog-friendly holidays. And while there is indeed always an excellent walk to be had here, be it up a Munro or along a glistening loch, there’s lots more to love, too. Expect wildlife-watching boat trips, glorious gardens and historic homes to explore, plus a little art and culture for the more discerning dogs among us. Here are a few fabulous things to do in Scotland on your next dog-friendly holiday.
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Dog-friendly family holidays in the Cotswolds

Written by Lottie Gross


When you’ve got both kids and dogs in your pack, it can be a little complicated planning a holiday. The Cotswolds though, is a superb family-friendly, dog-friendly holiday destination, with plenty of activities for both kids and dogs that will entertain all. From wildlife encounters to toy museums, there’s far more than just a few nice dog walks for families. If you’re plotting a Cotswolds escape with the family, these are the top things to do with kids and dogs.
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The best cosy Cotswold pubs for your next dog-friendly holiday

Written by Lottie Gross


Dog-friendly pubs abound in the Cotswolds and it’s almost as if this gorgeous, bucolic region was made for hiding away inside centuries-old inns after long walks. Whether you want classic British pub food or something a little finer – perhaps small plates or delicately prepared pastries – these Cotswold pubs have it all, and they’ve got snacks for the dogs, too.
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The best lochs in Scotland to visit with your dog

Written by Lottie Gross


Around 100,000 years ago, during the last Ice Age, what we now know as Scotland was awash with enormous, hulking glaciers. As the climate changed over millennia, these sheets of ice melted and carved the dramatic landscape we see today, leaving behind thousands of lochs, or lakes. Today, there are around 30,000 lochs in Scotland, creating a natural, watery adventure playground for both humans and dogs. From the shores of Loch Ness to smaller lochans in Glencoe and beyond, these are the best lochs in Scotland to explore with your dog.
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Dog-friendly distilleries to visit on your Scotland holiday

Written by Lottie Gross


It’s not really a holiday in Scotland without a visit to one of its hundreds of exciting distilleries – this country’s economy is partly fuelled by whisky, after all – but what do you do when you’re bringing the dog? While only service dogs can join you for tours of the whisky-making process – where mashing, fermentation, distilling and ageing are all explained – there are a few distilleries in Scotland that welcome dogs into their bars, shops and cafés. If you fancy a wee dram with the dog by your side on your next Scotland holiday, these are the top dog-friendly distilleries.
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Harry Potter destinations to visit with your dog

Written by Lottie Gross


Scotland and Harry Potter are almost synonymous, with so many of the film franchise’s most epic scenes filmed across the country. With the Gothic architecture of Glasgow rather reminiscent of Hogwarts and some of Edinburgh’s narrow, twisting closes not dissimilar to that of Diagon Alley, it’s no wonder this country attractions fans from all over the globe. But serious Potter heads will want to seek out the real Harry Potter filming locations in Scotland – many of which are dog-friendly.
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Our favourite dog walks in bonnie Scotland

Written by Lottie Gross


From munro bagging to lochside rambles, Scotland has a wealth of walks for all abilities. And with open access rules across the Scottish countryside, you can wander almost anywhere – within reason. It’s always a good idea to carry a map and compass on any cross-country rambling, but if you don’t fancy that, here are a few easy or waymarked dog walks with brilliant scenery.
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Dog-friendly dark sky areas to see the northern lights in Scotland

Written by Lottie Gross


Stargazing is a naturally dog-friendly activity anywhere in the world, but in Scotland it’s especially captivating, not least because between September and March each year, you’ve the added possibility of seeing the northern lights, or aurora borealis. This dark sky phenomenon can be seen all over Scotland during the autumn and winter months when electrically-charged particles travelling into the atmosphere create a spectacle among the stars, with green, pink and purple bands of light waving across the sky. These are the best places to see the northern lights in Scotland with the dog.
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The best time to visit the Cotswolds with a dog

Written by Lottie Gross


There really is no bad time to visit the Cotswolds with your dog. This idyllic Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which stretches from Worcestershire in the north to the edges of Wiltshire and Somerset in the south, has appeal year-round. With cosy pubs to hole up in over winter and plenty of trails for walking when the weather’s on your side in spring or summer. Picking the best time to visit the Cotswolds will depend on what you want from your dog-friendly holiday, of course, so here’s our guide to the Cotswolds through the seasons.
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The best Cotswolds dog walks

Written by Lottie Gross


Dog walking in the Cotswolds is fantastic. There are big hills, quaint villages, brilliant gardens and endless footpaths crossing the lush, green countryside that characterises this AONB. But not all walks in the Cotswolds are dog friendly, as difficult-to-tackle stiles and vast numbers of sheep make some strolls less than ideal. It pays to know where to go, and where’s safe to let your dog run free off the lead. These Cotswolds dog walks are some of the best in the region – they’re stile-free and largely livestock-free, with areas where dogs can be let off lead safely for a runabout before you retire to a gorgeous Paws & Stay property.
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Outdoor activities in Wales you can do with your dog

Written by Jem Brownlee


Wales and dogs go hand in hand. This country is much loved for its endless outdoor adventures, be it sea swimming, kayaking or hiking in the mountains, and so many of the outdoor activities here are dog-friendly. There are spectacular beaches on its coastlines throughout Pembrokeshire to the south and Anglesey in the north, and precipitous mountains to tackle from the Brecon Beacons to the lofty heights of Snowdonia’s ranges. Make the most of the outdoors on your next dog-friendly holiday in Wales with these brilliant outdoors pursuits.
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Dog-friendly castles to visit in Wales

Written by Chris Elmes


Castles abound in Wales’ towns, cities and countryside, all built by lords, princes and kings to protect their precious land from invading forces. Towers, turrets and drawbridges have fortified noble homes against invaders for centuries, but today you can stroll in with the dog on your next holiday. From earthwork castles with motte and bailey structures to spectacular labyrinthine stone castles that still stand today, these are the best dog-friendly Welsh castles for your next adventure.
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