Dogs welcome pine lodge holidays in national parks
Britain’s 15 National Parks offer 8,748 square miles of amazing breathing space. The United Kingdom is spoilt with wild coastlines, scenic beauty galore and mountainous splendour. In fact, wherever you are in the UK, you’re never further than an hour drive away from one of these protected areas of iconic countryside. The whole family can enjoy the outdoors here, just bring the dog and book into a dog friendly log cabin for a few days of bliss.
Pine lodges and log cabins are the ideal holiday homes for people with dogs. They are built to withstand the rough and tumble of holiday living, are naturally warm and fairly sound proof because of the wood that they are made of. The interiors are designed in such a way as to be comfortable and spacious and contain all necessary elements required for a family on holiday. There will be plenty of fitted cupboards in kitchens, bedrooms and possibly hallways. Wooden floors are appreciated by dogs - they're warm and gentle on their paws.
Another nice feature of many pine lodges and log cabins is a veranda or decking outside the accommodation where there will be a table and chairs and a hot tub if you are fortunate.
Top 10: Dog-friendly National Park highlights
Linhope Spout, Northumberland National Park
This hidden gem is well worth the 1.6 mile walk from its nearest road. A spectacular 18-metre waterfall that splashes into a popular spot for wild – rather chilly - swimming. Perfect for pooches that love a bit of river doggy paddling.
Harlech Beach, Snowdonia National Park
This picturesque dog-friendly beach is an all-round winner. Venture to the southern end for unspoilt white sands, treasure trove rock pools and stunning views that include the Rhinogydd mountain range, Harlech Castle and the Llyn peninsula.
The Two Moors Way, Exmoor National Park
Connecting Dartmoor and Exmouth, this 102-mile route follows the oldest footpath in Devon. The wild landscape is a wonderful mix of open moor, green lanes and deep wooded river valleys. Among this beautiful countryside you'll also discover ancient churches and panoramic views.
Inchmahome, Loch Lomond
Sitting pretty on an island of Scotland's only lake - Lake Menteith - you'll find this beautiful 13th Century monastery. A tranquil spot that was used to keep Mary Queen of Scots hidden in times of turbulence. These days you'll find charming ruins, magnificent swans and a haven that makes an ideal picnic spot. Dogs are welcomed.
The Waterfalls Area, Brecon Beacons
Nestled in the southern side of the Fforest Fawr, just west of Merthry Tydfil, you’ll find the magical Celtic rainforests. Stunning steep-sided tree-lined gorges with an abundance of tumbling falls. Discover a world of dramatic waterfalls, secret caves and charming forestry.
Ullswater, Lake District via steamer
There's no better way to relax and enjoy the loveliest lake in the beautiful Lake District than on a steamer. This splendid hop-on-hop-off voyage offers you three different points to disembark and explore. The boats are well stocked with refreshments and dogs are welcome on board for a very small fee.
Cuckmere Valley, South Downs
Follow the meandering River Cuck as it snakes through the valley out to the sea. This unspoilt walk that takes you to where the South Downs meets the English Channel, is a twitcher’s haven. Expect to see plenty of herons, geese, little grebes and oystercatchers.
Speedwell Cavern, Peak District
Explore the inner world of the underground cave system in the heart of the Peak District at Speedwell Cavern. Take a steep 106-stepped tunnel journey into the caves and then onto a boat, where you’ll get a guided tour of the caves. Dogs are very welcome to join in too.
Brimham Rocks, Yorkshire Dales
These amazing rock formations make great boulders for adventurous humans and dogs to leap from. The less adventurous can stick to the paths to explore. You get fantastic views of Nidderdale from this heather-filled moorland.
Marloes Sands Beach, Pembrokeshire Coast
Arguably one of the UK's finest beaches. Here you'll find an endless array of golden sand outlined by rocky outcrops that add wild character to this totally unspoilt area. Hollywood favours this beach too and Marloes Sands beach was recently used for the ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’ blockbuster starring Charlize Theron. Plus, it's totally dog-friendly all year round, so everyone can enjoy this beautiful coastal spot.