Dog-friendly caravan parks# Camping
A common thing that dog-owners have to deal with on road tripping adventures is trying to find a campsite that will welcome their furry companion. Traditionally, many campsites don’t allow dogs, but fortunately, that’s changing. Today, there are many dog-friendly caravan parks around the UK.
The ins and outs of travelling in a Campervan with dogs
Safety and comfort are priorities when travelling on the road with a dog. Before you even leave, make sure you have everything your dog needs including water and food bowls, an adjustable lead, favourite toys, a comfortable dog bed, and a seat belt harness if your dog is a jumper or likes to move around a lot while the vehicle is moving.
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While it’s legal to leave your dog in a Campervan or Motorhome while driving, it might not be the best idea in your situation. It depends on how well-behaved your dog is, but might be best to allow your dog to travel with you up front in your vehicle. Overall, it’s safer, and you can keep an eye on them.
Find a full packing list and more helpful tips and tricks for travelling with your dog in our guide on how to go camping with dogs.
Dog-friendly caravan parks – Where to go?
If you’re embarking on a road trip with a dog, it’s important that you have an idea of where you’ll be spending your nights. While many campsites allow pets, there are still some that will turn you away, and that’s the last thing you want to deal with if you’re seeking a place to stay at the end of a long day. A search online will give you an idea of what campsites accept pets at your destination. BringFido is a smartphone app that lists dog-friendly caravan parks, and each listing includes ratings and prices.
What should dog-friendly caravan parks look like?
When looking for dog-friendly caravan parks, some of the amenities you might want to have included are an on-site canteen that sells doggy treats, a special area where your dog can roam free off-leash, and a hose or cleaning area, so your dog can be washed after a swim or muddy hike.
You might want to consider booking a site that has plenty of shade during the day, and you’ll also want to settle down in a place that’s close to dog-friendly attractions such as beaches, parks, pubs, restaurants, and museums.
Once you’ve found a place to settle down for the night, be sure to follow the rules of the campsite. If your dog is not fully trained and doesn’t respond well to commands, ensure they are always leashed. Don’t allow your dog to roam freely around other campers and their dogs, and always make sure your dog is equipped with a collar and identity tag in case they get away from you. When roaming the areas away from your immediate campsite, keep your dog away from livestock and crops, as these are common sights in the countryside.
Great road tripping destinations with dog-friendly caravan parks in the UK
1. Lake District, England – Trains, Boats, and Walks
Situated in northwest England in the county of Cumbria, the Lake District is known for its natural surroundings consisting of rugged mountains, forest areas and, of course, many lakes. It’s also known for being a very dog-friendly place to go on a road trip. The Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway offer a seven-mile train excursion and not only is your dog welcome to go along for a ride with you, but they also get a doggy welcome pack and water breaks at every stop.
If an excursion on the water is more for your dog’s taste, you can take a cruise with Windermere Lake Cruises and hop on and off at leisure at various attractions around the lake. Other dog-friendly attractions in the area include Lowther Castle and Gardens, The Lingholm Kitchen and Walled Garden, and Muncaster Castle. Grizedale Forest is a great place to go for a stroll with your dog.
Local dog-friendly campsite
Bays Brown Farm Campsite is a wide-open space with great places to go walking with your dog.
- Open from April 1 to October 31
- No set pitches
- Campervans are allowed but no Motorhomes
- Natural camping spot: no electric hook-ups available
- Family-friendly campsite
2. Pembrokeshire, Wales – Sandy Beaches, Coastal Walks, and Fun Activities
Pembrokeshire is a county in southwest Wales known for having one of the most spectacular coastlines on earth. It’s also known for being a top road tripping destination with an abundance of attractions, many of which welcome dogs, including a high number of dog-friendly beaches. Carew Castle, Hilton Court Gardens, Colby Woodland Garden, Clerkenhille Adventure Farm, and the National Botanic Gardens are a few of the attractions in Pembrokeshire that you can enjoy with your dog.
At Whitesands Beach in St. David’s, you and your dog can embark on a Jetboat adventure to Ramsey Island Caves, and at Heatherton World of Activities dogs have access to a fun agility course. One of the best places to take a walk with your dog in the region is The Pembrokeshire Coast Path.
PaulCamper tip: After a tiring afternoon running along sandy beaches, take a midday break at The Stowaway Coffee Co. in Tenby, where wet and sandy pooches are welcome with open arms and no judgement.
3. Perthshire, Scotland – Castles, Vibrant Towns, and Sprawling Countryside
Located in Central Scotland, the county of Perthshire is full of history, stunning scenery with mountains, tall trees, and many attractions for the whole family, including the dog. Scone Palace is a must-see with your dog. With gardens and open spaces for dogs to run and play and drinking stations all around, It’s one of the dog-friendliest attractions in the United Kingdom.
Elcho Castle is another place that welcomes dogs and Perthshire has plenty of great places to go for walks including Kinnoull Hill Woodland Park, Loch Oldie Circular, Pitmedden Forest, and the Bridge of Earn Circular.
PaulCamper tip: At the Anglers Inn in Perth, Dogs are always welcome. In fact, the table is set with water and dog treats upon your arrival.
Local dog-friendly campsite
GG Belle’s is a dog-friendly campsite in Blairgowrie.
- Open from March 1 to November 30
- Exclusive dog park to hire
- Private fenced pitches, especially for anxious or reactive dogs
- No electric hook-ups available
4. Fermanagh, Northern Ireland
There’s no shortage of wide-open spaces to explore while on a road trip through Fermanagh County. There’s also no shortage of lakes, which are particularly appealing to any of your fellow road trippers who happen to be dogs! This county is also a land of spectacular scenery, outdoor adventures, and city escapes, with an abundance of dog-friendly attractions along the way.
When it comes to gentle walks in the countryside, The Fermanagh Lakelands, Castlecoole Lake Walk Trail, Florence Court, and Castle Archdale Forest are some top spots. Enniskillen Dog Exercise Park is a great place for your dog to let loose off-leash. Perhaps your dog fancies a day on the lake? Hire a dog-friendly boat from Erne Boat Hire and set out for an adventure on the water.
PaulCamper tip: After a long day of exploring, settle in for a hearty meal at Pat’s Bar where your dog is always welcome.
Local dog-friendly campsite
Castle Archdale Caravan Park is a dog-friendly campsite in Lisnarick.
- Open from March 1 to October 31
- Standard pitches with electric hook-ups
- Superior pitches with electric hook-ups, fresh- and waste-water connection
- Deluxe pitches with a hedge border for more privacy
- Free hot showers
- Free Wi-Fi
Need more travel inspiration for you and your four-legged friend? Check out these last minute dog-friendly short breaks! Everything else that you need to know about travelling with a dog in a Campervan such as packing lists, how to train your dog for travelling in a Motorhome and much more you can learn in our guide about how to go camping with dogs.
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