Dog friendly days out in the Peak District

Days out, Pet friendly

Attention all dog lovers! Your canine companions need not despair because the Peak District is full of places for them to tag along to on your days out. These days a lot of tourist spots have become dog friendly to attract even more people, and the Peak District is no different. You may even discover somewhere new from our selection below by virtue of it being suitable for dog owners, too.

The Heights of Abraham

Perhaps the best of the high profile destinations is The Heights of Abraham , at Matlock Bath, which includes a maze of trails up Masson Hill, a pair of grand showcase caverns, and cable cars that span the valley presenting views to make you go ‘wow!’ Even your dog will be moved to pass comment! Most of the attractions are outdoor and dogs are permitted to walk on a lead around the hill top park. They are not permitted inside the caverns or any of the buildings on site. Be sure to keep your mate well-watered as the hills there mean business. The views are well earnt! It’s good exercise for all the family – both two-legged and four-legged.

Crich Tramway Museum.

Dog owners are not only welcomed but encouraged to visit Crich Tramway Museum. Your lovable pooches are allowed on all the trams and around the museum except for inside the cafes and children’s play areas. The museum has an admirable collection of operational and show trams within an authentic period setting. There’s more to the museum than the impressive trams though, there’s also a woodland walk with a sculpture trail – funded by the Countryside Trust. Crich is so good, it even has its own pub, The Red Lion, rebuilt ‘brick-by-brick’ from its original location in Stoke-on-Trent. Even better the pub has its own real ale exclusive to the tavern, brewed by Wentwell Brewery. So make sure you include a visit to Crich during your dog’s holiday to the Peak District.

Arbor Low Stone Circle and Gib Hill Barrow

Like most outdoor National Heritage sites Arbor Low Stone Circle and Gib Hill Barrow, ‘man’s best friend’ is welcome (on a lead). Arbor Low Stone Circle is a Neolithic age stone monument high up on the moorland. ‘Within an earthen bank and ditch, a circle of some 50 white limestone slabs, all now fallen, surrounds a central stone ‘cove’ – a feature found only in major sacred sites. Nearby is enigmatic Gib Hill Barrow, a large burial mound,’ – National Heritage. Gib Hill Barrow is accessible via stiles.

Peveril Castle

Close to Castleton, Peveril Castle is one of the UK’s oldest existing Norman buildings. Also managed by English Heritage, you and your furry pal can explore the grounds to your heart’s content. It’s a great spot to visit if you’re in the Castleton region as a climb to the top of the hill, on which Peveril Castle sits, yields really impressive views of the Hope Valley for all the family, including your dog!

Dog-friendly pubs

Derbyshire Life published a great list of six pubs that welcome dogs and their owners. One of them, The Navigation Inn in Buxton, has gone so far as to introduce a pub grub menu for our four-legged buddies. Have a quick look here and see if any are near your holiday cottage.

Lastly, if you’re heading to the Peak District soon, make sure you download our Dog Spot Beach Guide app to help you find essential information on beaches all over the UK – most importantly, if there are any dog restrictions!



Posted by Ed on 19th April 2017