A weekend camping trip is one of the best experiences you can share with your four-legged chum. All that exciting outdoor space to discover and sniff means there’s plenty to keep your pup’s tail wagging, and bringing your pup along for your break has a ton of benefits for us humans too. Solo campers get a great rambling companion and a furry little guard to keep an eye on things, while families will have a lively playmate to help wear out the kids before bedtime. So what are you waiting for? We’ve picked out the top dog-friendly UK camping spots to head to this summer…
1. Old Oaks, Somerset
Campsites don’t get much more dog-friendly than Old Oaks. Their 300m dog exercise area is fenced and fully secure, which means your dog is free to run around off their lead while you stroll at your leisure or take a seat on a bench and enjoy the fabulous hillside views. The doggy poo bag dispenser is a great touch here, and there’s even a washing machine and dryer dedicated to washing dog blankets and bedding.
2. Cofton Country Holidays, Devon
Tucked away in a tranquil valley, and only a mile away from the beach, Cofton Country Holidays has an impressive 80 acres of meadows, orchards and woodland for you and your pet to explore. Plus, when your pooch is all tired out, humans can relax in Cofton’s indoor or outdoor pool. There’s massage jets and hydrotherapy bubble loungers, as well as a sauna, steam room and gym. Hungry? Head to Cotton’s very own fish and chip shop for a truly tasty tea.
3. Wolverley Campsite, Kidderminster
Relax in the heart of the Worcestershire countryside at the Wolverley Campsite. With a canal towpath just 60 metres from the site, you and your pooch will love the scenic morning walks here. Plus, the pup-friendly Lock Inn pub, adjacent to the canal and a couple of minutes walk from the site, provides a brilliant resting spot to enjoy a pint while Fido glugs from the water bowl.
4. Headiton Holidays, Banff
Headiton is a small, family-run holiday caravan park in The north east of Scotland. Head out to the nearby picturesque fishing villages with your pup in tow, and Grab a bite to eat while they have a good sniff around. Be sure to make the most of the sandy beaches during your stay, too. There are plenty of coastal walks on offer for you and your pet to enjoy – and you may even be lucky enough to spot a dolphin while out exploring!
5. Setthorns Campsite, New Forest
The secluded Setthorns Campsite makes you feel like you’ve stepped into a fairy tale. Hidden pathways intertwine with the surrounding woodlands and, beyond the pitches, you won’t know where the campsite ends and the forest begins. Take off with your pup in any direction and you’ll soon be in the midst of your next adventure. With direct access from the campsite, the nearby disused railway line is a great place to start.
6. Hollands Wood, Brockenhurst
Set amongst 22 hectares of oak woodland, giant oak trees surround the pitches at the tranquil Hollands Wood. Set up camp here and enjoy the beautiful walks awaiting you on your doorstep. One of Hampshire’s most postcard-perfect places, there’s such a peaceful atmosphere surrounding this site that you’ll be planning your next getaway as soon as you head home!
7. The Meadows, Cornwall
The Meadows Campsite is a great base for discovering South Cornwall. As well as plenty of beaches and meadows a short trip away, you’ll have easy access to the Lost Gardens of Heligan, Mevagissey and the famous Eden Project. Back on site, camp dog and ‘head of security’ Harvey the King Charles will no doubt greet your pooch with a warm welcome too!
8. Great Langdale, Ambleside
The Lake District is one giant playground for pooches, and the National Trust site of Great Langdale Campsite offers the perfect starting point for a weekend of fun right outside your tent. And, just like a playground, there’s something to suit every personality. More active pups can run freely through the valley of Elterwater, while those of a gentler disposition will enjoy a stroll through the picturesque paths of Lingmoor and Little Langdale.
9. Rivendale, Peak District
For a camping experience with a difference, why not opt to spend the night in a cosy Rivendale yurt? Tucked away in a traditional canvas yurt, you and your pup will be surrounded by the beautiful views of the Peak District national park. Following an afternoon spent exploring all that’s on offer, make sure to visit the dog-friendly Stables Cafe. There’s fresh water bowls provided all year round, plus tasty homemade treats for humans.
10. Family Teeny, Lincoln
Looking for a more luxurious camping trip that doesn’t mean your pup has to be left behind? Family Teeny provides a unique glamping pod that features an outdoor hot tub and a wood fired BBQ. Dogs will love the lakeside location, and the historic city of Lincoln is just 5 miles away.