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﹛﹛As a nation, we*re experiencing puppy love like never before. We*ve had more time to devote to bonding with our pets over the past year, and many of us even became first time dog owners.

﹛﹛It is estimated that the UK dog population has gone up by at least 10 per cent under lockdown, now totalling more than 11 million (that*s a lot of kibble).

﹛﹛Happily, now that restrictions on days out, overnight stays and dining have been lifted, there are countless dog-friendly adventures to be had. With a boom in staycations expected this summer, more of us are seeking doggy days out on home shores than ever before.

﹛﹛With that in mind, we have sniffed out the very best dog-friendly day trips to enjoy with a faithful companion.

﹛﹛Overnight stays

﹛﹛Bethnal & Bec Buntingford, Hertfordshire These luxury self-catering studios in the village of Cottered come with thoughtful amenities including dog biscuits, throws, towels, dog shampoo and room freshener. Each private garden has a wood-fired hot tub, and is fenced. Bethnal & Bec

﹛﹛The Bike & Boot Inn Scarborough, North Yorkshire This is a hotel for ※walkers, dogs, bikers and surfers§. The ski chalet-style facilities include a fully equipped dog-grooming room, and there is a free toy for each canine guest. There are scenic dog walks aplenty in the North York Moors National Park, and several nearby beaches to explore. The Bike & Boot Inn

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﹛﹛Fresh paws: Bethnal & Bec in Buntingford, Hertfordshire

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﹛﹛The Lygon Arms Broadway, Worcestershire The ※Nails and Tails§ package at this countryside-chic coaching inn in Broadway includes a spa experience for you, and a grooming session for the dog. Dog menus are on offer in the bar and lounge 每 well-earned after a walk in Broadway Tower Country Park. The Lygon Arms

﹛﹛The Eastbury Hotel & Spa Sherborne, Dorset Indulge in afternoon tea in the walled garden of this boutique Georgian hotel in Sherborne while your dog enjoys a bowl of chicken and rice, prepared in the kitchens of the hotel*s two AA-Rosette Seasons restaurant. The Eastbury Hotel & Spa

﹛﹛The Black Horse Inn Thurnham, Kent

﹛﹛At this 18th-century inn on the Pilgrims* Way from Winchester to Canterbury, dogs can stay with their owners in the en-suite bed & breakfast rooms and eat with them in the bar. There are numerous country walks that start from the pub, which provides route maps.

﹛﹛The Black Horse Inn

﹛﹛The Bell at Skenfrith Skenfrith, Monmouthshire

﹛﹛The relaxed ※dog and boot§ bar at The Bell is a hit with walkers and dogs sporting muck on their paws. In the rear garden is a Pooch Parlour, with a shower and metal bath. Muddy animals can also cool off with a swim in the adjacent River Monnow. Dog towels are available from reception, and dog biscuits are complimentary.

﹛﹛The Bell at Skenfrith

﹛﹛The Cider Barn Taproom Crewkerne, Somerset

﹛﹛North Down Orchard is a small, family-run working cider farm. The Cider Barn Taproom, currently open on Friday nights, is emphatically dog friendly. Smack bang on both the Liberty Trail and Monarch*s Way, it*s the perfect pitstop for a cider after a dog walk.

﹛﹛The Cider Barn Taproom

﹛﹛The Old Ferry boat Inn in St Ives, Cambridgeshire

﹛﹛The Old Ferry boat Inn in St Ives, Cambridgeshire?

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﹛﹛The Old Ferry Boat Inn St Ives, Cambridgeshire

﹛﹛This thatched hostelry dates back to 560AD and dogs have been welcome here for centuries. Located on the banks of the River Great Ouse in the hamlet of Holywell, you can explore the beautiful surrounding countryside 每 and keep a watchful lookout for the resident ghost.

﹛﹛The Old Ferry Boat Inn

﹛﹛The Canal House Birmingham

﹛﹛Dogs are treated to biscuits and well looked after in both the beer garden and indoor bar area at this warm, friendly canalside pub. It also has a kids menu and fun cocktails.

﹛﹛The Canal House

﹛﹛The Sheep Heid Inn Edinburgh

﹛﹛This 600-year-old pub nestled near the foot of Arthur*s Seat in Edinburgh is home to skittle alleys dating back to the 19th century. Dogs are welcome in the?bar and have historically been the mascots for skittle games.

﹛﹛The Sheep Heid Inn Edinburgh

﹛﹛Campsites for canines

﹛﹛Darnells Luxury Glamping Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire

﹛﹛This glampsite on a fourth-generation family farm is within walking distance of three dog-friendly pubs. The local walks are fabulous, whether you take the Wysis Way going up to May Hill or head across to Kempley Woods.

﹛﹛Darnells Luxury Glamping

﹛﹛Aaron*s Campsite Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire

﹛﹛Dogs will enjoy the relaxed, back-to-basics and spacious camping experience at this campsite near Hebden Bridge. An off-lead forest walk at Hardcastle Crags is a highlight.

﹛﹛Aaron*s Campsite

﹛﹛Darnells Luxury Glamping Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire?

﹛﹛Darnells Luxury Glamping in Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire?

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﹛﹛Sykeside Camping Park Patterdale, Cumbria

﹛﹛Dogs are welcome in the bunkhouse, on the campsite and in the bar, restaurant and shop at this campsite in the heart of the Lake District 每 the perfect base from which to explore Ambleside, Windermere, Grasmere and beyond.

﹛﹛Syke Side

﹛﹛Graig Wen Dolgellau, Gwynedd

﹛﹛John, Sarah and their two dogs left Brighton in 2006 to run this idyllic, pet-friendly campsite with cottages and a B&B in Snowdonia 每 terrier Gracie and lurcher Bryn love meeting new dogs.

﹛﹛Graig Wen

﹛﹛Heritage for hounds

﹛﹛Allan Bank Hexham, Northumberland

﹛﹛A National Trust property with a difference. After a damaging fire, this Lake District country house near Grasmere was reopened unfurnished and undecorated, so you can touch everything and sit on all the furniture. Dogs are welcome in every room, and in the gardens.

﹛﹛Allan Bank Hexham

﹛﹛The Brickworks Museum Swanwick, Hampshire

﹛﹛Dogs on leads are welcome to join a tour of this industrial museum, experiencing the authentic sights, sounds and smells of the last remaining steam-driven Victorian brickworks in the UK. It is a 10-acre site, so there is plenty of room to stretch four legs.

﹛﹛The Brickworks Museum

﹛﹛?God*s Own Junkyard London?Allan Bank in Hexham

﹛﹛The high-low:?Allan Bank in Hexham, Northumberland for quiet dogs and?God*s Own Junkyard in London for active hounds

﹛﹛God*s Own Junkyard London

﹛﹛This dog-friendly museum of lights features a vast collection of neon and vintage signs, old movie props and retro displays. It is the perfect spot for dog-owning film buffs, and snap-happy Instagrammers.

﹛﹛God*s Own Junkyard

﹛﹛The National Showcaves Swansea

﹛﹛Once voted Britain*s finest natural wonder, this attraction is squirreled between the Brecon Beacons National Park and Swansea. Dogs can venture deep underground into three caves 每Dan yr Ogof, Cathedral Cave and Bone Cave 每 and explore the dinosaur park.

﹛﹛The National Showcaves

﹛﹛Canine-friendly caf谷s & restaurants

﹛﹛The Stables Wokingham, Berkshire

﹛﹛This restaurant at the Cantley House hotel in Wokingham serves simple, modern British cuisine (think charred seabass and slow-braised pork belly). The setting is a charming 17th-century converted stable barn with exposed beams, an inviting log burner and a secluded courtyard garden.

﹛﹛The Stables

﹛﹛Buffers Caf谷 Pwllheli, Gwynedd

﹛﹛This eatery inside Pwllheli Station on the Ll?n Peninsula is a fun place to enjoy a relaxing, hearty breakfast before a day out at the nearby dog-friendly beach. Canine visitors are featured on the Buffers Caf谷 Instagram account (@bufferscafepwllheli) every week.

﹛﹛Buffers Caf谷

﹛﹛Caff豕 Rojano in Cornwall?Smith & Whistle bar of the Sheraton Park Lane hotel in London*s Mayfair

﹛﹛Happy place, happy dog: Sarah Rodrigues and Zeus relax at the Smith & Whistle bar of the Sheraton Park Lane hotel in London*s Mayfair; The humble?Caff豕 Rojano in Cornwall

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﹛﹛Queens of Mayfair London

﹛﹛This classy London caf谷 opened last summer serving coffee, cocktails, cakes, lunch and evening nibbles. It*s?all?mirrored brass countertops and banquette seating; look out for the co-founder Grace Sheppard and her cockapoo, Sir Stanley.

﹛﹛Queens of Mayfair

﹛﹛Caff豕 Rojano Padstow, Cornwall

﹛﹛Michelin-starred chef Paul Ainsworth*s restaurant Caff豕 Rojano in Padstow (Cornish seafood in a stylish Italian restaurant with outside tables) and his Mariners pub in Rock are dog-friendly. His boutique hotel Padstow Townhouse has two dog-friendly bedrooms.

﹛﹛Caff豕 Rojano

﹛﹛Beaches for sandy paws

﹛﹛Chapel St Leonards, Lincolnshire

﹛﹛At this seaside village near Skegness, you will find long sandy beaches, dunes,?and plenty of space for dogs to enjoy themselves. Dogs are welcome at?the Admiral Benbow beach bar 每 ※the?most dog-friendly pub on the East Coast§ 每 which has a menu featuring treats such as ※Pawsecco§ and ※Snuffle Dog Beer§.

﹛﹛Admiral Benbow Beach Bar

﹛﹛Freshwater East,?Pembrokeshire

﹛﹛A sweeping, sandy family beach and?dog-friendly bay, backed by sand dunes and sheltered by the headland of?Trewent Point. Stay in the luxury geodomes (with wood-fired hot tubs) at the nearby Dewslake Farm campsite or?the dog-friendly glamping spot The Little Retreat, which is set within the walled garden of the old castle site in Lawrenny. Each dome is equipped with a doggie shower.

﹛﹛The Little Retreat

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﹛﹛Running on sand:?Chapel St Leonards in Lincolnshire amd Bamburgh in Northumberland

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﹛﹛Bamburgh, Northumberland

﹛﹛There are dozens of dog-friendly beach walks along the Northumberland coast, from Druridge Bay to Fisherman*s Haven. The sandy Bamburgh Castle walk near Alnwick 每 in the shadow of a majestic former Norman stronghold 每 is a favourite.


﹛﹛Woolacombe, Devon

﹛﹛Woolacombe boasts a three-mile stretch of glorious sand. There are well-signposted dog-friendly zones, and nearby eateries the Beachcomber Caf谷 and the Puffin Caf谷 welcome dogs. For a good long walk, head past Putsborough to Baggy Point, towards Croyde.

﹛﹛Ferring, West Sussex

﹛﹛There are no restrictions on dogs at Ferring, where you will find sand, shingle, candy-coloured beach huts, wooden groynes, rock pools at low tide, and the dog-friendly Bluebird Caf谷, serving fish and chips and ※breakwater breakfasts§.

﹛﹛Bluebird Cafe

﹛﹛Recommendations by Mary Hughes, founder of Can We Take the Dog; Adele Pember, founder of Dog Furiendly; Kate Taylor, founder of Dotty4Paws; Pets Pyjamas; Cool Camping; and Driving with Dogs

﹛﹛Four legs afloat

﹛﹛Rutherford*s Punting Cambridge ?

﹛﹛Dogs are a frequent feature of tour group Rutherford*s punting experiences in Cambridge. It recommends booking a private punting adventure so that your dog has more space 每 and don*t forget to pack a picnic.

﹛﹛Rutherford*s Punting

﹛﹛Dragonfly Day Boats Brecon, Powys

﹛﹛You and your dog can cruise along the waterways of the Brecon Beacons National Park on a public boat trip or on a private hire trip. The Monmouthshire and Brecon canal hugs the mountainside above the valley of the River Usk, offering fine views in all seasons.

﹛﹛Dragonfly Day Boats

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﹛﹛Dogs on a boat:?Rutherford*s Punting in Cambridge ?

﹛﹛Canterbury Historic River Tours Canterbury, Kent

﹛﹛Explore historic Canterbury via an award-winning, dog-friendly guided tour along the River Stour by boat, discovering the city*s secrets along the way.

﹛﹛Canterbury Historic River Tours

﹛﹛Windermere Lake Cruises Bowness, Cumbria

﹛﹛A leisurely boat ride is the perfect way to see the Lake District when you are tired of exploring on foot and there are daily services on both historic steamers and modern launches. For a day out to remember, combine it with a dog-friendly steam train ride at the nearby Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway.

﹛﹛Windermere Lake Cruises

﹛﹛Woodfarm Barges Stowmarket, Suffolk

﹛﹛These Dutch sailing barges on the Rivers Deben and Orwell have been transformed into quirky holiday barges, welcoming up to three dogs in each.

﹛﹛Woodfarm Barges

﹛﹛Barks in the park and grr-eat gardens

﹛﹛Cotswold Wildlife Park Burford, Oxfordshire

﹛﹛One of the only wildlife parks in the UK that allows dogs, Cotswold Wildlife Park in Burford is a zoo with more than 260 animal species to discover and over 160 acres of parkland to explore on-lead. It also hosts an annual charity dog show. Where else could you have a photo taken of your dog next to a giraffe?

﹛﹛Cotswold Wildlife Park

﹛﹛Trebah Gardens Mawnan Smith, Cornwall

﹛﹛Dogs are welcome to visit this magical sub-tropical garden near Falmouth, along with the beach on the beautiful Helford river, and the Mediterranean-style terrace. There are also designated doggie tables at the Trebah Kitchen.

﹛﹛Trebah Gardens

﹛﹛Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway Exbury, Hampshire

﹛﹛Dogs are welcome at the idyllic Exbury Gardens in the New Forest (including Mr Eddy*s restaurant, where canine ice cream is served), so long as they are kept on a short lead and ※leave nothing behind but paw prints§. There are 200 acres of woodland and 22 miles of pathways to explore, with strategically placed water bowls and bins.


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﹛﹛A running field:?Cotswold Lavender in Snowshill, Worcestershire

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﹛﹛Cotswold Lavender Snowshill, Worcestershire

﹛﹛Enjoy an aromatic day out with your dog at a lavender and camomile farm. Photographer Sophia Hutchinson (Pets by Sophia) runs 20-minute photography sessions, capturing the memory of your furry family member among the lavender fields.

﹛﹛Cotswold Lavender

﹛﹛Westonbirt Arboretum Tetbury, Gloucestershire

﹛﹛Dogs are allowed to roam off lead in Silk Wood, which makes up around two-thirds of the arboretum. It is a magical ancient woodland adventure for nature lovers near the pretty town of Tetbury, featuring 2,500 different tree species from around the world.

﹛﹛Forestry England

﹛﹛Sunflowers at Rhossili Rhossili, Gower

﹛﹛The Gower peninsula in south-west Wales is home to one of the country*s most famously glorious swaying sunflower displays (in full bloom from late July until late August), with views over to the Worm*s Head tidal island. Rhossili offers year-round access for dogs.

﹛﹛The National Trust

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