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Dog friendly days out with the family in the UK

The summer holidays are upon us, and by now you might be struggling for ideas of things to do that the whole family, including your dog, can enjoy. 

Luckily, there are plenty of dog friendly activities out there – so grab the lead and a handful of treats and get ready for your next adventure!

Family walks

Family walking a Border Collie

This one should come as no surprise. Family walks with the dog don’t have to be a plod around the block – upgrade walkies by heading to somewhere new, with plenty of things to see and do. Read our guide on finding exciting local walks or check out local beauty spots and nature reserves (just make sure you observe all the countryside code and at all times!).

Head to the beach

Boxer Dogs drinking water on the beach

Whilst many beaches restrict access for dogs, there are plenty out there that allow dogs year-round – so why not head to a dog friendly beach near you? Make sure you’ve stocked up on the essentials for your doggy pal – water, shade and poobags are a must!

Have a picnic

Boy running with dogs

There’s nothing more British than having your lunch al fresco, so why not head to your local park and bring your dog along for the fun. Just don’t forget to read our guide on having a dog friendly picnic first and remember to take all your litter home at the end of the day.

Attend a dog festival

Boxer at DogFest PitPat stand

Ok, so Covid-19 means that this year’s doggy festivals, like Dogfest, are cancelled, but you can still plan ahead to next year. You’ll get to take part in fun dog shows, visit the best businesses in the UK pet industry and meet all sorts of dogs and their owners – it’s a blast!

Visit a castle

Or a stately home, or a monument – the opportunities are endless! Whilst your pup won’t be able to go inside, the grounds of castles and stately home are wonderful places to wander and relax. Check their websites ahead of time to ensure your dog can join, keep them on the lead in the grounds and always clear up after them.

Hop on a steam train

The thrill of travelling on a steam train is great, and even better when you can take your pooch with you. Many steam trains have dog friendly carriages so you can bring your pooch along for the ride – make sure you check out the websites in advance of your visit to avoid disappointment.

Hop on a ferry

Spaniel wet at the beach

Lots of ferries welcome well-behaved dogs – so why not hop on a ferry and head to an island? The UK isles, like the famous Isle of Wight and the Isle of Man have dog friendly beaches in abundance and plenty of walks to enjoy.

The opportunities for enjoying a day out with the family and your dog are endless, but sometimes, a nice local walk and plenty of playtime in the garden are just right, especially if your pooch doesn’t take well to crowds or strangers. Don’t forget to use a PitPat dog activity monitor to make sure they get enough exercise and track their weight, calories and distance covered.

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