Holidays are for all the family, most importantly your furry friend!
With dog-friendly beaches, stunning historic sites and lots of pubs and cafés fit for humans and hounds, the North York Moors has got everything you need for a dog-friendly holiday.
To help you get started, here's our simple four step plan that is sure to get your tail wagging!
1. Choose your dog-friendly accommodation
The North York Moors offers a fantastic range of dog-friendly accommodation options to choose from, including B&Bs, self-catering, camping and glamping. For extra woof factor, luxury options like the Spa Hotel Saltburn have dog-friendly rooms with French windows for direct access outside and on to the beach. They even sell Woof dog beer (non-alcoholic!). If its dog sitting you're looking for, the team at Star Paws Pet Services offer dog boarding so that you can enjoy your accommodation even if your dog can’t! Cross Country Canines will come to your accommodation to pet sit or walk, should you want a dog-free day.
2. Visit historic attractions and beautiful beaches
Popular beaches such as Skinningrove, Runswick Bay and Robin Hood’s Bay offer year round access for your four legged friend. Some beaches do have access restrictions during the summertime: Saltburn, Whitby and Sandsend don’t allow dogs on certain areas of the beach so please look out for the signs before letting loose. If unrestricted runarounds are what you’re after, opt for a winter visit as many beaches allow dogs off the lead. See Walking with dogs for more great suggestions, including advice about where and when to use leads to keep everyone happy! Remember to take all waste from you and your dog with you.
Organisations such as English Heritage and the National Trust allow dogs on a number of their properties, be sure to check first! Enjoy a stroll through the historic splendour of Whitby Abbey and Rievaulx Abbey. Explore the unique rock formations at Bridestones, on the edge of Dalby Forest. Discover a bygone era at Ryedale Folk Museum in pretty Hutton le Hole.
Helmsley is a great town to visit for all things dog-friendly. Your pooch will be warmly welcomed through the door/dog flap of many shops, cafés and hotels, including Crema Coffee House and Lazenby Visuals Gallery. Helmsley Walled Garden welcomes dogs on leads and there’s usually a gravy bone on offer at the kiosk.
Castle Howard welcomes dogs in their grounds (not in the house), outdoor seating areas at all of their cafés and inside the Courtyard Café where water bowls are provided. Free bones are available from the Farm Shop (subject to availability). The Garden Centre has a great range of gifts, treats, and equipment for pets (and their owners) and animal themed products, so find that perfect pet present!
3. Enjoy a pet-friendly café or pub together
There's lots of restaurants, cafés and pubs in the North York Moors that welcome dogs (and well behaved owners too!).
- The Bay Hotel in the Dock at Robin Hood’s Bay marks the end of the Coast to Coast walk. It offers hearty, home cooked meals and is literally a stone’s throw away from the beach.
- The White Horse and Griffin located in Whitby’s traditional east side transports visitors to a bygone era. It welcomes dogs in the bar area as well as offering dog-friendly rooms.
- The magical woodland at Maybeck gives you the opportunity to tire your dog out – after that you can reward yourself with a cake at the idyllic setting of Falling Foss Tea Garden.
- The River Garden Café in Ruswarp is renowned for its Whitby Crab sandwiches and scones with jam and cream. It boasts steam train viewing opportunities and satisfies green-fingered visitors with a garden centre too.
- Sandside Café offers traditional homemade, locally sourced food with an amazing view. Enjoy the outside decking area, with a glass of wine in hand!
- The charming village of Ravenscar joins up two fantastic walks in the Cleveland Way and the former Scarborough to Whitby railway line (the 'Cinder track'). The Ravenscar Tearooms offers a perfect pit stop.
- After some Whitby quirk and charm? Rusty Shears welcomes dogs in the quaint courtyard and inside their vintage tea room. Offering over 160 gins and doggychinos - what could possibly go wrong!?
4. Reward your furry friend
The Fuzzy Dog Bakery in Whitby produces homemade, non-artificial treats to satisfy even the fussiest of canines.
Ice cream isn't just for humans! Frozzys for Dogs is a lickable frozen yogurt, lactose free and comes in four flavours. Sold in The Victoria Hotel, Robin Hood's Bay, YHA Boggle Hole and at Betsy & Bo in Staithes, who specialise in traditional sweets.
While in Staithes visit Upstairs with Miss Kitty who stock Urban Pup dog clothing. Its range of t-shirts, jumpers, harnesses and bandanas are sure to make your dog the most stylish yet comfortable whilst on holiday.
A newcomer to the dog scene is Paws of Robin Hood's Bay. It sells British-made doggy luxuries including Pawsecco and Beer. It's half way up the infamous bank so it's a great excuse to have a pit stop and spoil the loved one(s).
Wags & Whiskers Pet Boutique in Saltburn offers a range of luxury treats for dogs, including beef suppers and bow ties. Their sister store, Canine Café is just half an hour away and serves up woofins and tea - as well as a menu for owners too!
Castle Howard has many pet presents in the Garden Centre and also serves doggy ice cream in the Boathouse.
5. Get the perfect holiday shots
Local photographer Polly Baldwin offers something a little different - Dog-ography! Her experience behind a camera and love of dogs guarantees a fun day for all, in any location special to you. Experience packages include Beach Hounding and Picnic Walks.
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