Discover the Best Doggy Holiday Destinations

Discover the Best Doggy Holiday Destinations

Windermere Marina Village, a dog-friendly accommodation provider, has revealed that the Lake District is ranked third among the best dog-friendly holiday destinations in the UK. This comes as searches for 'dog friendly UK stays' have surged by 350% over the past five years.

To determine the best staycation spots for dog owners, Windermere Marina Village evaluated various factors centered around pet friendliness. These factors included pet-friendly accommodations, walking trails, vet availability, and dog-friendly pubs. The results were as follows:

Best Dog-Friendly Road Trips

Rank Location Score
1 Cornwall 2.4
2 Yorkshire Dales 2.3
3 Lake District 2.2
4 Cotswolds 1.7
5 Northumberland 1.4
6 Dorset 1.2
7 Peak District 1.1
8 Pembrokeshire 0.1


Google search data revealed a significant rise in interest for dog-friendly stays, with an impressive 350% increase in searches over the last five years. The luxury accommodation provider analyzed the most popular UK holiday destinations based on four key factors to identify the top spots for summer dog-friendly vacations.

1. Cornwall

Cornwall topped the list with an overall score of 2.4. Known for its exceptional dog friendliness, Cornwall offers 173 walking trails and 161 dog-friendly pubs. Its stunning coastline, picturesque fishing villages, and rich cultural heritage make it a prime destination for travelers seeking relaxation and adventure with their canine companions.

2. Yorkshire Dales

Coming in second with a score of 2.3, the Yorkshire Dales boast vast expanses of open moorland, rugged hills, and meandering rivers, providing endless opportunities for exploration with pets. The area features hundreds of dog-friendly accommodations, from charming bed and breakfasts to traditional country inns. With 473 trails, including the iconic Yorkshire Three Peaks and the tranquil paths around Malham Tarn, the Dales are perfect for outdoor adventures.

3. Lake District

Securing the third spot, the Lake District is ideal for dog owners. With numerous walking trails offering panoramic views of shimmering lakes, towering mountains, and lush valleys, it is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. The region is dotted with dog-friendly pubs and cafes, ensuring a warm welcome for both you and your furry friend.

"Our research reaffirms what we've known all along; the appeal of the Lakes extends far beyond its natural beauty and demonstrates true dog friendliness in all aspects of staycationing in the UK," says Dan Fairweather, General Manager at Windermere Marina Village.

"We’ve recently introduced our 'Pooch Pack' with every dog-friendly booking, containing Sir Woofchester's Sunday Roast Pot and a branded dog bag dispenser and sacks. Ensuring a warm welcome for both two-legged and four-legged guests is not just a courtesy; it's a commitment to creating truly memorable experiences for all who visit."

Alessandra Pacelli

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