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Five Dog Friendly Places You Must Visit in Northumberland

Northumberland is famous for having more castles than any other county making it the pawfect destination for pups that are used to being treated like Royalty.

The North East also has more than 30 miles of stunning beaches plus breathtaking forests, woodlands, parks and valleys for your four legged friends to explore.

Pet blogger Rachel Spencer lives in Newcastle with her terrier Patch and shared her top five dog friendly destinations.

Beautiful beach walks in Bamburgh

Gorgeous Bamburgh Beach below Bamburgh Castle in Northumberland was voted Britain’s best beach for dogs in the Kennel Club awards in 2017.

Dogs are welcome all year round, it’s super clean and as well as chasing balls and splashing in the rock pools, your dog will find plenty of pups to play with.

Despite winning many awards, whenever we visit it is never overcrowded, so if you have a dog who might not be confident around other pets and people, this is perfect.

In Bamburgh you’ll find most of the pubs are dog friendly. The <href=”https:”=”” target=”_blank”>Lord Crewe Hotel has a dining room dedicated for dogs and their humans although they aren’t permitted to stay in the bedrooms.</href=”https:>

Dogs are allowed in the grounds of iconic Bamburgh Castle which is simply breathtaking and home to 2,000 artefacts dating back to the 11th Century.

Find out more about Bamburgh on the Visit Northumberland website.

Savour fish and chips at Seahouses

A short drive from Bamburgh is Seahouses, a delightful harbour town and seaside resort filled with quirky shops and dog friendly places to eat and drink.

There you can enjoy the beach or take a short boat trip to the Farne Islands to see the puffins, kittiwakes and seals.

Dogs aren’t allowed on the nature reserve but can stay on the boat and Hanveys Boat Trips allows well behaved dogs on board.

The Bamburgh Castle Inn on the harbour’s edge allows dogs to stay overnight and you’ll find dogs are welcome in many of the bars, restaurants and cafes and the fish and chips are a must.

Learn more about Seahouses here.

Experience a waggy tailed welcome in Alnmouth

Your dog will be fussed over everywhere they go in this super dog friendly village. There’s even gravy bones in a giant sweet jar in the Post Office.

Alnmouth is a glorious market town dating back to 1152, with stretching sands and a coastal path making it perfect for dogs and like Bamburgh, the beach is stunning but quiet.

For great home cooked food and striking views over the estuary try the Red Lion and if you’re looking for somewhere special to stay, the St Valery B&B is luxurious and very dog friendly.

From the beach you can enjoy an eight mile walk to Boulmer, a fishing village, or there’s a 12 mile walk to Warkworth, where you’ll find Warkworth Castle where dogs on leads are welcome.

Learn more about Warkworth Castle here.

Explore the forest at Kielder

When you approach Kielder Water and Forest Park for the first time you will be mesmerised by the sheer magnitude of this stunning forest, the largest in England.

At 250 square miles or forest and 27 miles of shoreline there is so much for your furry friend to sniff and explore and the on site Boat Inn is dog friendly.

You’ll find activities for all the family like cycling and den building, plus a nature reserve and bird of prey centre and Kielder Water reservoir is ideal for dogs who love swimming.

If you’d like to stay in the forest, you can camp, park up in a caravan or stay in a dog friendly lodge or try of the many dog friendly holiday cottages nearby.

Discover dog friendly things to do in Kielder Forest here.

Step back in time at Lindisfarne

There is so much to see and do for dogs and their owners on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne and the shops, pubs, cafes and holiday homes welcome dogs.

Take a walk around the ruins of Lindisfarne Priory and Lindisfarne Castle which has been restored to its former glory in a £3 million project by the National Trust.

Dogs aren’t allowed in the 16th century castle but staff will watch them while you browse the rooms and check out the artefacts.

You can walk all the way around the castle and if you look out to sea, you might see puffins, seals and dolphins.

Other attractions are a walk around the old lime kiln tracks from the Island’s mining past and the Gertrude Jekyll Garden, voted Garden of the Year by Countryfile Magazine.

Lindisfarne is a mile off the mainland and is cut off by the tide twice every day so don’t cross during a rising tide or you face being marooned.

Learn about Lindisfarne’s rich heritage on the National Trust website.

The North East has so much to offer for dogs and their owners. If you’re thinking of visiting, take a look at our dog friendly accommodation in Northumberland.

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