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Dog Friendly Holidays in Yorkshire: The Guide

Are you dreaming of a summer getaway where you can explore breathtaking landscapes, embark on thrilling adventures, and create lasting memories with your four-legged companion by your side? Look no further than Yorkshire and the Yorkshire Dales! This picturesque region in northern England is a paradise for dog owners seeking an unforgettable dog-friendly summer holiday. From its enchanting countryside to its dog-welcoming attractions and accommodations, Yorkshire offers an array of delights that will make tails wag and hearts soar. So, grab your leash, pack some treats, and join us as we delve into the reasons why Yorkshire and the Yorkshire Dales are the ultimate destination for an idyllic vacation with your furry friend.

Here at Yorkshire Escapes, we’re fond of our four-legged friends so we’ve put together an easy dog friendly guide, so you can explore Yorkshire in paw friendly territory.

Dog-friendly days out in Yorkshire

Brimham Rocks

Summerbridge, near Harrogate.

Brimham rocks is a great location for all the family. The winding paths take you on a trail across beautiful heather moorland while weird rock formations, including the Dancing Bear and Gorilla, showcase the rock’s weathered history. Providing great views over Nidderdale, it’s a stunning location to both explore and relax. Dogs are welcomed with open arms in the shop and  exhibition room, with water bowls filled with lashings of fresh water to keep your pet hydrated. Please do note, dogs should be kept on a lead between April and June to protect ground-nesting birds.

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Helmsley Walled Garden

North Yorkshire Moors.

This tranquil five acre garden surrounds the historic Helmsley Castle right at the foot of the North York Moors and welcomes dogs on leads into all areas of its inherent beauty. Providing an ideal base for a chilled day out, you can stop off at The Vine House Cafe where dogs are welcome to sit inside a small section of the cafe, or in the outside seating area.

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Wharram Percy


History seekers will love stepping back in time with their family and discovering a 16th century medieval village. Protected by English Heritage, the breathtaking beautiful Wolds valley site lets you explore without an admission charge. Welcoming dogs on leads, you can take in Wharram Percy at your leisure.

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Keighley and Worth Valley Railway


As paws get just as tired as feet, why not travel through Bronte country with your dog on a steam train? Take in spectacular views with your  best friend at your feet then stop off at Haworth’s quaint shops for a quick refreshment. You can even ramble across Penistone Hill to the famous Bronte waterfall where your dog will be sure to participate in a quick splash.

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Mother Shipton’s Cave


The oldest tourist attraction in England, Mother Shipton’s Cave is the birthplace of the famous prophetess and is situated next to the Petrifying Well.  Every year visitors from across the world are enchanted by the magical story, as they enjoy a new adventure in the great outdoors. Perfect for all the family, dogs on leads are welcome in all areas of the Mother Shiptons’ park, apart from the adventure playground which is signposted for ease.

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Where can you take your dog in Yorkshire?

  • Middleham Castle
  • Richmond Castle
  • Filey Bird, Garden and Animal Park.
  • Wolds Way Lavender, Malton.
  • North Yorkshire Moors Railway.
  • Fountains Abbey, Ripon.
  • Whitby Abbey
  • Burton Agnes Hall
  • Ryedale Folk Museum
  • Aldborough Roman Site

Dog friendly places to eat in Yorkshire

Take your pooch for a pint. Whether it’s a traditional pub in the heart of the dales or a craft beer by the seaside there’s plenty of places for both you and your waggy-tailed friend. Enjoy a well deserved drink while your playful pet rehydrates in these dog-friendly drinking dens:

  • The Old Glen House, Baildon Moor.
  • The Crown Hotel, Hawes.
  • The Craven Arms, Appletreewick.
  • The Woolpack, Shipley.
  • The Lister Arms, Skipton.
  • The Brown Cow, Bingley.
  • The Green Dragon, Hawes.
  • The Royal Hotel, Saltburn-by-the-Sea.
  • The Farmers Arms, Richmond.
  • The Crown and Cushion, York.
  • The World’s End, Knaresborough.
  • Brass Castle Taphouse, Malton.
  • The Royal Oak, Ripon.

Dog friendly National parks in Yorkshire

You can’t visit Yorkshire with a dog in hand without sampling the county’s national parks; The Yorkshire Dales National Park and the North York Moors National Park. Famed for it’s dry stone walls, limestone paths, and green scenery it’s the perfect location for walking, whether that be a long ramble or a more delicate scenic stroll.

Dog friendly beaches in Yorkshire

  • Saltburn
  • Robin Hoods Bay
  • Runswick Baby
  • Staithes
  • Fraisthorpe
  • Cayton Bay
  • Reighton

Beaches where dogs may be restricted

Restrictions for dogs on beaches are usually seasonal with bans taking place between April/May and September. Check the beach you’re visiting before to make sure.

  • Bridlington North/South Beach
  • Coatham Redcar
  • Filey
  • Granville Redcar
  • Hornsea
  • Lifeboat Station
  • Sandsend
  • Scarborough South/North Bay
  • Tunstall
  • Whitby
  • Withernsea

Beaches where dogs are banned

  • Scarborough South No.2
  • Spurn Head

Dog friendly cottage Yorkshire

Here at Yorkshire Escapes, we’ve got a number of suitable pet friendly options for a truly dog-loving staycation. Whether you get out and explore, or wind-down for a couple of days, we’ve got stone built cottages to open plan farmhouses for you to enjoy. Boasting wide open spaced gardens with panoramic views; there’s plenty of space for your dog to run free.

Our large luxury dog-friendly houses are fabulous for large get togethers and celebrations, while our renovated barns and cottages are idyllic for families or small gatherings. Whichever you choose, you’ll find plenty of amenities to keep stocked up on your dog’s favourite treats, from traditional shops, pubs and cafes to quaint market squares.

There’s never been a better time to staycation. 

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