Dog friendly pubs near great walks in the UK

By DogDialog Team on 03 August 2017

There’s something quintessentially British about a bracing countryside walk before calling in at a cosy watering hole for a pint and a packet of crisps. And if your pub of choice actively welcomes walking companions that have fur and four paws? All the better. Get to know some of the best dog friendly pubs in the UK.

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THE WEST COUNTRY

Marvel at the views across the dramatically beautiful North Devon coastline from the top of Great Hangman on this moderately challenging 4.5-mile walk from Combe Martin . Afterwards sup a pint at The Sawmill Inn, an inviting country pub formed of three 13th century cottages.

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THE SOUTH EAST

There are rivers that meander. Then there are rivers that coil like a pre-charmed snake. The River Cuckmere belongs to the latter camp – as you’ll see on this stunning 2.5-miler along the flood plains of the South Downs. Then it’s off to The Cricketers’ Arms for well-earned libation in the floral and poetically quaint beer garden – with a fresh bowl of water for your dog. One of the most stunning dog friendly pubs around.

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WALES

You’re spoilt for choice in Wales for dog friendly pubs and stunning scenery. Snowdonia and the Brecon Beacons are two of the most beautiful parts of the UK. Plot your co-ordinates for Precipice Walk in Snowdonia for lakeside woods, meadows and superb views down the Mawddach Estuary. Afterwards a cask ale in the Grade II listed Royal Ship will hit the spot.


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LONDON AND THE HOME COUNTIES

Gaze across a stunning sea of green on the 4.5-mile ramble through Whipsnade and Dunstable Downs in Bedfordshire, tracking a route along the ancient Icknield Way past Whipsnade Tree Cathedral. Watch your head afterwards on the 14th century beams of The Old Farm Inn, where you can rejuvenate with a hearty lunch while your pup makes friends with resident pooch Monty.

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THE MIDLANDS

Carding Mill Valley is home to arguably the best views of the Shropshire Hills AONB. Avoid the crowds and venture along Long Mynd to find your own piece of solitude. There’s even a stream for your pup to play in. Just make sure they’re dry before visiting The Kings Arms in Church Stretton, one of the oldest dog friendly pubs in the area and well accustomed to refreshing weary walkers with fantastic cask ale. The resident Collie is called Poppy.

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NORTH WEST

If you go down to the woods today, you’re in for a calm 3.5-miler around beautiful mill ponds, rivers and streams with envious views of the Goyt Valley. More good news? The Oddfellows in Mellor was listed in 2014’s Michelin Guide and rewards well-behaved pooches with fresh water, biscuits and a lie down by the fire.


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NORTH EAST

The beauty of New Bridge attracts many a walker. But if you are prepared to push on you will likely be rewarded by having the beautiful valleys of Hardcastle Crag all to yourself. This 5-miler features tumbling streams and rocky paths alongside Hebden Water. If you are not wearing a smile afterwards at The Crown Inn you can hold us personally responsible.

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SCOTLAND

Where do you start in the Highlands? Try this 5-miler on the Black Wood and Dun da Lamh circuit. The remains of the Pictish fort are special. But it’s the jaw-dropping views of the Spey Valley that steal the show. And if all that stomping stokes the appetite, hop in the car to visit The Tipsy Laird in Kingussie – a traditional village pub with a penchant for local produce.

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NORTHERN IRELAND

Frondescent, tranquil and exceptionally beautiful, this stroll around the Hillsborough Forest Lake allows for Fido to take the occasional dip. You can always wander off into the neighbouring forest if you’re feeling adventurous or want a longer walk. Once you’ve taken it all in, pop into town to The Hillside – a rustic pub with ample charm in the Georgian village of Hillsborough.

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To find more and to understand if your dog may be suffering from travel sickness see our infographic: 7 SIGNS YOUR DOG MAY BE SUFFERING FROM MOTION SICKNESS

Disclaimer: The information in this post is the opinion of the writer and not that of Zoetis UK Limited. Clinical information provided on this site is intended solely for educational context and is not a substitute for the views, advice and recommendations of a veterinarian. For advice on animal health, please consult a veterinarian.

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