There’s something special about the Yorkshire Dales, and once visitors discover the region, they find themselves returning again and again. Stone villages wait to welcome new faces, steam trains chug their way over sturdy viaducts, and ancient landscapes change colour as the seasons come and go. So, we can’t think of a better destination for that pet friendly holiday.
Pet friendly days out in the Yorkshire Dales
The Yorkshire Dales may be beautiful, but they’re also home to a unique collection of attractions and pet friendly days out. One of the county’s most recognisable landmarks makes an ethereal place to spend time, and dogs are welcome to wander Whitby Abbey with their owners. The inspiration for Dracula, the abbey ruin sits high atop a cliff, and it’s quite the spot for a family picnic.
Helmsley Castle’s another favourite with dog owners looking for somewhere different to take their pet, or there’s the beautiful Rievaulx Abbey. Make sure you take your camera if you visit this atmospheric ruin, as it’s one of the prettiest places we’ve ever seen.
Pet friendly places to eat and drink in the Yorkshire Dales
Let’s face it, stopping off for food and drinks during those long days out with the family and the dog is one of the best things about a holiday, so here are a few of our suggestions when it comes to those pet friendly places to eat and drink.
The Green Dragon Inn in the village of Hardraw is every inch the traditional Yorkshire pub. With acres of land that include a waterfall, this friendly pub serves up good food and treats for the dogs. For £2.50, you can make your way up to the waterfall behind the pub, and it’s the highest single drop waterfall in the country. The George, in Skipton offers a warm Dales welcome to humans and pets, and it’s got everything from great food and beer, to a dog bowl right beside the open fire…bliss.
Pet friendly Yorkshire Dales walks
The lovely thing about walking the Yorkshire Dales is that you can find every kind of walk. If you’re going to be taking young children, a pushchair or using a wheelchair, you’ll find a selection of Access for All walks with easy terrain. Or, if you’re not too confident on the Dales yet, you can join one of the many guided walks that take place all year round.
Wensleydale, the Ribblehead Viaduct and the Three Peaks remain some of the Dales’ most popular areas for walking, so it’s just a question of choosing what you’d like to see and then planning your route. It’s an idea to go for one of the special Miles without Stiles routes if you don’t think you can lift your dog over stiles, as much of the region is dotted with them.
Pet friendly things to do in the Yorkshire Dales
If you have Harry Potter fans in the family then there’s one hugely exciting pet friendly thing to do in Yorkshire, and that’s visit Malham Cove. The setting for the camping scenes in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, this National Trust site welcomes pets along, and that means you can take the kids for that all-important Harry Potter selfie.
Over in the village of Hutton-le-Hole, the Ryedale Folk Museum welcomes dogs, and it’s all open-air. Historic buildings house collections, offering a glimpse into what rural life was like in days gone by. Lastly, if there’s one thing you must do during your time in the Yorkshire Dales it’s go and have a look at the Victorian marvel that’s the Ribblehead Viaduct. Part of the Settle-Carlisle Railway, it’s stunning.
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