2022 looks set to be another bumper year for dog-friendly holidays in the UK. Although it’s getting easier to travel to other European countries, there is still some confusion over covid regulations and vaccination requirements for trips abroad. So a lot of dog owners are likely to opt for a staycation again this year.
But there’s nothing wrong with that. There are many incredible holiday destinations to visit in this country and staying closer to home is so much easier when travelling with a four-legged friend.
Holidaymakers have a huge range of dog-friendly locations to choose from in all corners of the country. Our selection of top destinations to visit for a dog-friendly holiday in 2022 include some popular hotspots and some quieter places which are all ideal for trips with a canine companion.
Each of the destinations on our list would be perfect for time away with the family pet. But those who are unsure where to go can use our brand new multi-location search tool which allows searches for dog-friendly properties in several destinations at once.
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Home of the Dales, the Moors and a stunning coastline of cliffs and sandy beaches, Yorkshire regularly tops the list of venues for a dog-friendly holiday. Whether you like long strolls or short ambles, there are limitless options for walkies all over this large county. As well as spectacular countryside to explore, there are scenic villages and towns to visit. Popular holiday destinations in Yorkshire include Whitby, Scarborough and Grassington, which have a range of attractions, activities and restaurants where dogs can visit too.
In 2022, we expect West Sussex to become an increasingly popular choice for dog owners. Not only does it have a diverse range of landscapes to explore, but it is also one of the friendliest locations for visitors with dogs. This year, the region even has its own festival for dogs called Paws in the Park. Top places to stay in West Sussex include Worthing and Bognor Regis on the south coast, while the quiet villages in the South Downs are perfect for a peaceful escape in the countryside.
There has been a lot of buzz around the Lake District again this year as more people opt for adventurous trips over beach holidays. And the Lakes certainly has its fair share of adventures for every man and his dog. Most holidaymakers come here for scenic lakeside walks and mountain hikes. But those who want less strenuous excursions can board one of the pleasure cruisers on Windermere or Coniston Lakes, or stroll around town and enjoy the cafe culture in Keswick or Ambleside, where dogs are most welcome.
Cornwall regularly tops the polls of the most popular holiday destinations in the UK and it’s easy to see why. With 422 miles of scenic cliffs, stunning sandy beaches, picturesque coastal towns and a range of family-friendly activities and attractions, it’s a wonderful place for a dog-friendly holiday. Most dog owners come here for walks on the beach and the South West Coast Path, but there are some amazing forest trails, moorland paths, historic sites and gardens to explore with a four-legged friend. Plus many of the county’s pubs and eateries welcome dogs too.
Not many people will know this Welsh county by name but they will certainly have heard of the must-see areas and holiday hotspots it contains. Because Gwynedd is home to the mighty mountains of Snowdonia National Park and the spectacular beaches of the Llŷn Peninsula. Hotspots include Abersoch, Criccieth, Barmouth and Aberdovey for beach breaks; while Dolgellau and Blaenau Ffestiniog are good for exploring the mountains, lakes and dog-friendly visitor attractions in Snowdonia.
Devon is another top dog-friendly holiday destination with plenty of first-class attractions to entice visitors. With glorious, sandy beaches on the north and south coasts, some beautiful rolling countryside and access to two hilly national parks, Devon is a firm favourite for holidaymakers who want to enjoy the outdoors. The English Riviera towns of Torquay, Paignton and Brixham are particularly popular with people who want to spend time by the sea, while the north coast communities of Clovelly, Coombe Martin and Lynmouth offer some spectacular coastal scenery to explore with a dog.
Norfolk is a perennial favourite for dog owners looking for a relaxing break. Most people head to Cromer, Wells-Next-the-Sea and Sheringham for coastal holidays in Norfolk. But there are some lovely rural villages in the countryside with plenty of walks nearby. Dog-friendy attractions include piers at several seaside resorts, boat trips on the Norfolk Broads, nature reserves and trails through Thetford Forest.
Isle of Skye
The dramatic scenery of the Isle of Skye is a big attraction for holidaymakers who want to get away somewhere remote and unspoilt. While covid is still around, more people are expected to seek space and solitude on their time away. With an array of cross-country trails and mountain hikes, Skye is a dog walker’s paradise. There’s a good selection of dog-friendly accommodation on the island, including properties in the main hub of Portree and in Uig and Staffin in the north of the island. All of these locations are close to Skye’s iconic landscape attractions, including the Old Man of Storr.
Northumberland is another area we expect to attract a huge number of visitors with dogs in 2022. It’s a large region with a diverse range of dramatic landscapes to explore. Most people base themselves on the coast around Seahouses for beach walks and visits to Bamburgh Castle and Holy Island. But dog owners also have the option to explore the rugged terrain of Northumberland National Park, Kielder Water & Forest Park and stretches of Hadrian’s Wall.
Located right in the middle of the country, the Peak District is easily accessible for a lot of visitors. It’s a beautiful area of rolling countryside, high mountains and limestone crags, with a wide choice of marked walking trails. The High Peak Trail is a favourite for dog owners as it offers relatively flat, easy walking along the route of a former railway line. The Peak District’s highest mountain Kinder Scout offers a more challenging hike with breathtaking views. Dog-friendly attractions in the area include Chatsworth House ground and gardens, the Heights of Abraham cable car ride and the Treak Cliff Cavern.
Book a Dog Friendly Holiday in 2022
These are lonely a few of the superb dog-friendly destinations to visit for a holiday in 2022. There are loads of other locations with spectacular scenery where pets are welcome. Just head over to our search page, type in your desired destination or pick several locations, and see the huge range of dog-friendly properties available for a holiday with a four-legged friend.