Since 2003, The Dog Friendly Awards have happened each year and have showcased the very best dog friendly businesses, employers and places… as nominated by the public.
As this is a travel blog, and as we occasionally focus on dog friendly travel, we decided to round-up the winners that fall within travel-related categories.
When travelling and visiting new places with your dog, it would be wise to start with these amazing 2018 winners!
Dog Friendly Beach: Perranporth Beach, Cornwall
“This is one of the best beaches in the country. It is dog friendly, clean and there are lovely dunes.”
Found just 16 minutes north of Newquay, Perranporth Beach really is outstanding. You’ll find miles and miles of sandy beach, decent waves for bodyboarding and surfing, and large sand dunes that offer magnificent views across Perranporth. Dogs must be kept on leads in July and August from 9am-5pm, otherwise, it’s fair game for them throughout the rest of the year!
Dog Friendly Hotel / Place To Stay: Bumble’s Barn, Scotland
“A very dog friendly place to stay – fully recommended for any size of dog.”
Found halfway between Edinburgh and Glasgow in Scotland, Bumble’s Barn is a charming little garden property, referred to as ‘The Barn’. It has its own entrance, as well as decent parking and private garden, complete with 7 foot high fence. Pets go free. And the best bit? The owners have Irish Wolfhounds themselves so they don’t discriminate against large and giant dog breeds!
Dog Friendly Day Out: Canine Dip and Dive, Norfolk
“A small unique business which provides pool facilities just for dogs and, if required, their owners. Fun, exercise, therapy and bonding. What more could you want? My friend’s dogs love it.”
With a 32 foot swimming pool for dogs, floating ramp and diving platform, Canine Dip and Dive promises plenty of fun for water-loving dogs. They even cater for doggie birthday parties! You can choose from different sessions, such as group party sessions, solo adventures or even ones for puppies and seniors who need a slightly slower-paced level of fun.
Dog Friendly Camping & Caravanning: Blue Hills Touring Park, Cornwall
“Brilliant place to stay for humans and dogs. Plenty of space for walks for both. An amazing field just for dogs which is on the site is worth its weight in gold. Definitely a place to go with your dogs.”
Cornwall has long been a favourite of ours when it comes to dog friendly places to visit and places to stay, which is why we’re definitely not surprised a Cornwall caravan park snapped up this award! Blue Hills Touring Park can be found in St Agnes and offers a 30 pitch site for tents, touring caravans and camper vans. For dogs, they’ve got lots of facilities, such as a playing field, hose down area, plenty of dog bowls and even spare poop scoops and poop bags. And hey, they’re clearly doing something right as they’ve won this coveted award on four consecutive years!
Dog Friendly Great Outdoors: Dartmoor National Park, Devon
The UK is home to a number of stunning national parks that are excellent places to take dogs. This year’s ‘great outdoors’ winner was Dartmoor National Park, which offers lots of variety when it comes to dog walks, such as forests, rivers, wetlands, tors, fields and hills. Their requests for dogs and their owners is pretty standard for places in nature: keep your dog on lead during the lambing season, don’t let your dog chase the wildlife and leave no trace.
Dog Friendly Town / City: Malton, North Yorkshire
“We love Malton – such a dog friendly town in North Yorkshire. Situated between York and Scarborough it’s got lots to do around it from stately homes to the beach. Malton itself has lots of dog friendly hotels.”
Found within North Yorkshire, Malton is a considered to be a very worthy winner of the most dog friendly town in the UK. Many of the town’s businesses are dog friendly, such as the Talbot Hotel and No.46 Cafe:Bar of Malton. The town even hosts events to support Ryedale Dog Rescue such as a cookery school. Angela Egan, a volunteer with RDR, says: “There is a massive sense of commitment to the canine community in Malton. It has almost become obligatory to have a dog friendly policy, so we’re encouraging people to vote and make our pro-puppy stance award-winning.”
Dog Friendly Europe Area – Place To Visit: Argelès-sur-Mer, France
“Plenty of dog friendly places to stay, beaches to visit and things to do.”
Offering plenty of variety when it comes to dog friendly beaches, campsites and hotels, Argelès-sur-Mer, on France’s Mediterranean coast, has been voted as the best dog friendly place to visit within wider Europe. A trip here is sure to be a treat for both canine and human pal.
Dog Friendly Europe Area – Place To Stay: Le Grenier, France
“We came here for much needed rest and relaxation and that’s exactly what we got! Lazy days and cosy evenings. We really enjoyed our stay at Le Grenier as did our 2 dogs Zip and Lizzie. The house has a welcoming friendly feel about it. Thank you for letting us share it!”
Found in the stunning Loire Valley in France, Le Grenier offers dogs and their friends a charming holiday home housed within a 13th century farmhouse, which overlooks the valley, forests and fields. There are additional charges for dogs (£30 for one, £50 for two), but this is great value for money if you’re intent on staying here for a week or two. Plus, France is known for being very dog friendly, which makes for the ideal pet vacation!
Dog Friendly Pub / Bar: Fox & Hounds, Berkshire
“There isn’t a place more dog friendly than the Fox & Hounds in Theale. Dogs are not just tolerated; I truly believe that this is the very best dog experience you can receive – from the moment you walk in to the moment you leave with your furbies. You get the luxury of doggy beds.”
Found on the outskirts of Theale in Berkshire (near Reading), Fox & Hounds has won multiple dog friendly pub and bar awards over the years. Jayne Tilsley, Fox & Hounds General Manager, says: “Dogs are not pets, they are family, and to us this means they should join you everywhere, be it just for a drink or dinner too.”
Dog Friendly Cafe / Restaurant: Paws for 5, Durham
“I’ve never come across a cafe like it – it’s wonderful! My dogs love it; they get treated like royalty. Prices are great and so is the food for humans and dogs alike – well worth a visit.”
Paws for 5 is completely dog-oriented, promising dogs a chance to be off-lead, meet new friends and sample delicious treats from the dog friendly menu. Personally, we can’t wait to try this cafe… should we ever find ourselves in Durham.
Have you found somewhere you want to visit with your dog? I’d love to know where you’re planning on going together! So feel free to jot a few thoughts down in the comments below…
Are you looking for more top dog friendly places? You can see all of the Dog Friendly Awards winners here.