The beauty of a cottage holiday in Britain is not just the freedom on offer for you but also the wealth of beautiful expanses of greenery and coast for your four-legged friends. With thousands of cottages accepting pets across the country, it is goodbye to the kennels and hello to thousands of walks across Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty throughout the length and breadth of Britain. To help narrow down your choices we are going to focus on three stunning parts of the country to visit and enjoy with your pet.
The Gower Peninsula
South Wales is blessed with some of the most stunning coastal walks in the country, but there is something special about ‘The Gower’. This beautiful part of the country was in fact Britain’s first designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. With very convenient links to the border with England, the Gower Peninsula offers a rural retreat with rolling green countryside set alongside golden beaches, many of which offer year round access for dogs. Indeed, in a recent poll in The Times, Rhosilli was voted Britain’s number one dog friendly beach, and it is not hard to see why. This Atlantic bay, over-looked by the Rhosilli Downs which offers amazing views leading down to a three mile stretch of sand, is just an idyllic setting to exercise pet and Owner alike.
Across the Bristol Channel lies our next pet friendly destination. The Quantock Hills undulate from Taunton and then on up to the Somerset coastline. Also a designated area of area of natural beauty, the Quantocks have literally hundreds of walks across moorland, valleys and ancient woodland. This part of the world is rich in both heritage and wildlife and, perhaps not surprisingly, was a favourite haunt of the poet Samuel Coleridge. With the added benefit of having neighbouring Exmoor National Park and a landscape that offers a combination of steep and gentle walks, the Quantock hills ranks highly amongst Britain’s top pet friendly destinations.
The Lake District
Coleridge was not the only poet to immortalise The Quantocks; William Wordsworth too fell in love with this timeless part of the country, however he will be forever synonymous with his beloved Grasmere in the Lake District. The National Park offers a myriad of options from the most adventurous to the most timid dog walker, and, like most villages in the Lake District, the conservation area of Grasmere has walks direct from the village. Very soon you will find yourself immersed in the beautiful views that touched the soul of one of Britain’s best loved poets. On a walk towards Easedale Tarn the view looking back towards Grasmere on clear summer’s day is simply breathtaking. With a plethora of pet friendly local hostelries, what better way to reflect on which beautiful Lake District walk to choose next!
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