For most of us, getting away on holiday is a real treat. It is great to be able to relax and have a break from your day-to-day responsibilities. The trouble comes when it is time to think about what to do with your dog while you are away. Boarding kennels can be expensive and your dog is a member of the family too, so why should he get left behind?
One great option is to stay at a dog-friendly campsite. There are plenty to choose from in the UK, but it is important to find the best one to meet your needs.
Croft Farm Holiday Park
This site is situated in an idyllic spot in Cornwall. You will not be far from the coast and the famous Eden Project is also within fairly easy reach. You will have access to toilets and showers, a kitchen, laundry facilities and a games room. You can bring up to two dogs with you at no cost and there are plenty of scenic walking areas nearby.
Located in Pembrokeshire, Celtic Camping is located in the heart of the beautiful Welsh countryside. This campsite in Pwll Caerog is just 500 metres away from the nearest beach, so it is the perfect location for a summer getaway. There are, however, plenty of things to do when the sun isn’t shining. Facilities include a shower and toilet block, a games room and electric hook-ups for those who need them. The site’s owners can arrange a variety of activities for you to enjoy, such as rock climbing, surfing, archery and boat trips.
Wild Rose Park
Wild Rose Park is situated in the scenic Eden valley near the Cumbrian town of Appleby-in-Westmorland. The picturesque Lake District and Yorkshire Dales are both nearby, so there will be plenty of opportunities to walk your dog amongst some of the country’s finest scenery. There are a variety of facilities on-site, including a games’ room, a mini-market, an outdoor swimming pool, a play area and a golf course. There are also showers and toilets, laundry facilities and free Wi-Fi.
Dogwood Cottage Camping and Caravan Site
Situated near the historic towns of Hastings and Battle, Dogwood Cottage Camping and Caravan Site has lots to offer. The nearby countryside is perfect for dog walking, as is the ancient Brede High woodlands nearby. You will also be in an excellent place for star gazing, as there is minimal light pollution in the area. In addition, you can arrange to go wine tasting or kite surfing, or to do some fishing.
Ruberslaw Wild Woods Camping
Ruberslaw Wild Woods Camping is a site that allows you to stay in any part of its 500 acres, much of which is untamed Scottish wilderness. This is the ideal place to stay if you want to get back to nature. It’s perfect for wildlife watching and you can hope to see roe deer, rabbits, hares, foxes, badgers and red squirrels, to name but a few. There is also a whole host of different birds of prey in the area, including kestrels, buzzards, sparrow hawks and hen harriers. If you don’t want to go completely native, there is also a hub with showers, toilets, a kitchen and a small shop.
No matter where in the UK you want to visit, you are bound to be able to find a dog-friendly campsite and these are just a handful of the best ones. Whether you want to have plenty of activities to do and lots of home comforts or just relax and have a more rustic experience, there will be a campsite that is just right for you.
Be sure also to think about dog insurance before you leave on your trip. It is vital that your dog is covered for any eventuality. If he gets injured or becomes unwell while you are away, you won’t have to dip too deeply into your holiday funds.
Article by Louise Mayne-Flower a proud owner of a Jack Russell called HarveySHARE