The Ultimate List of Dog Friendly Things to Do in Yorkshire

From its quaint country villages and charming seaside towns, to its rolling moors and rugged shores, Yorkshire is one our favourite destinations for a dog-friendly holiday. Whether you want an arty excursion or a historic day out with your hound, here’s our list of the best dog-friendly things to do in Yorkshire.

1. Walk the North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales

Covered with hundreds of acres of upland countryside, England’s largest county includes the Yorkshire Dales, the North York Moors and the Peak District National Parks. Little wonder then, that it’s been dubbed ‘God’s Own Country’ and is a veritable dog walkers’ paradise. Whether you fancy a serene stroll along the shoreline or a day-long hike in the hills, there are thousands of miles of paw-friendly paths to discover. Take a peek at some of our favourite dog-friendly walks in Yorkshire here.

2. An Arty Amble Around Yorkshire Sculpture Park

For a dog walk with a difference, sniff out some art and culture at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. While dogs can’t join you in the indoor galleries, they can enjoy the leisurely stroll around the outdoor sculpture park, where you can set your sights on works by leading contemporary artists before paw-sing in the dog-friendly café for a sit down and snacks. 

3. Ride the North Yorkshire Moors Railway 

north york moors railway with dog

Mix walking with wonderful views from your window seat, on an old-fashioned steam train ride on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. Dogs are welcome onboard the journey between Whitby and Pickering – where the 1930s-themed station also welcomes dogs in its vintage tea room. There are plenty of places to alight and paws for walkies along the 18-mile route, including Newtondale Halt in the heart of the moors. And if you’re a Harry Potter fan you might recognise Goathland Station, which became Hogsmeade in the first film. 

4. Fossil Hunting at Boggle Hole, Robin Hood’s Bay

With plenty of dog-friendly beaches, Yorkshire is right up there with our favourite coastal destinations to go on holiday with your hound. Base yourself in Robin Hood’s Bay and strike out at low tide, following the shore to Boggle Hole – where mythical hobgoblins with healing powers were once said to have lived in caves. While you might not spot these mischievous little goblins (or find any contraband hidden by smugglers for that matter), you can bound along the shoreline for miles and search for belemnites and ammonites in the fossil-rich sands.

5. Follow in the Footsteps of Dracula at Whitby Abbey

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Of Yorkshire’s heavy crown of heritage landmarks, the iconic Whitby Abbey is one of the most famous. Lucky then, that your four-legged friend is welcome at your side as you follow in the footsteps of Count Dracula, up the 199 steps to unveil the legends and history of these gothic ruins. As well as being keen for walkies in the moors and coastline that you clap eyes on from the cliff-top location, dogs will also love a day out in the idyllic harbour town of Whitby below, with its cobbled streets, pooch-friendly pubs and necklace of sandy bays. There are plenty of dog-friendly places to stay in Whitby, so it’s one the best bases for a holiday with a dog in Yorkshire.

6. Four-Legged, Green-Fingered Fun at Helmsley Walled Gardens

Humans and canines alike benefit from a day in the Great Outdoors, and garden lovers with dogs will reap the therapeutic benefits of this hound-friendly horticultural paradise. Head out from your cosy cottage towards the five-acre walled gardens where pooches are welcomed with a biscuit on arrival, and there are plenty of water bowls dotted around the beautiful borders which sit in the shadow of Helmsley Castle. The onsite Vine House Café also allows dogs inside and out, making the perfect spot to tuck into homemade fare after a hearty dose of green-fingered fun. 

7. Pad Around Peasholm Park in Scarborough

Photo Courtesy of Peasholm Park
Photo Courtesy of Peasholm Park

While Scarborough has long been known as a kiss-me-quick British seaside resort, it’s lesser known as being a great destination for a dog-friendly day out and a great place to stay. Your canine companions are welcome at many of the town’s attractions, including the Italianate terraces of South Cliff Gardens and Peasholm Park. The latter boasts 14 hound-friendly hectares of outdoor fun, where you can take your furry friend on the champion tree walk, boat across the lake, and pad along the pathways past oriental-themed ponds and plantings.

8. Wander to the Waterfalls on Kettleness Beach

If you’re looking for an adventure away from the most obvious beach hotspots, why not seek out the remote cove of Kettleness – one of the most northern beaches on the Yorkshire Coast? Tucked just a pebble’s throw east of the better-known beauty Runswick Bay (and a beautiful spot to stay in), it’s well worth the scramble down a steep track to see a mighty waterfall tumbling down the cliffs onto golden sands. Aside from the spectacle of the falls, this curvy bay is quite a sight to behold, and it’s the perfect spot to play fetch and frolic in the sea foam far from the crowds. 

9. Discover the Aysgarth Falls

You don’t have to walk for miles to discover some of Yorkshire’s most dramatic natural sites, such as these three-step cascades tumbling down the River Ure. Featured in the Hollywood blockbuster Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, Aysgarth Falls is just a short walk along a buggy-friendly path from the National Park Visitor Centre, making it a great attraction for little legs and tired paws. And if you fancy a longer walk, there are plenty more trails that start here – including the 52-mile/ four-day circuit of The Herriot Way.

10. Jaunt Around the Jungle Gardens at Burton Agnes Hall

In the heart of the Yorkshire Wolds (often overlooked in favour of the Moors and the Dales), awaits the stately Elizabethan façade of Burton Agnes Hall. While dogs aren’t allowed within the walls of the grand hall itself, they are welcome to yomp around the award-winning walled and jungle gardens, and to hoover up the crumbs of your cake on the terrace of the Courtyard Café. The highlight for hounds and humans – we think – is the mile-long woodland sculpture walk, which is festooned in snowdrops during February. 

Book a Dog-Friendly Break in Yorkshire

Tempted to try some of our favourite dog-friendly days out in Yorkshire? Check out our collection of dog-friendly cottages in Yorkshire and book your next break in this beautiful destination. 

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