Well known for its rugged coastline and traditional English countryside, the West Country offers a diverse array of breathtaking landscapes. Whether it’s pristine beaches, picture-perfect villages or dramatic river valleys, between them, Devon, Cornwall, Dorset and Somerset offer some of the UK’s most stunning scenery.
A varied landscape where mountains tower above lush river valleys and glassy lakes, interrupted only by charming towns, villages and many historic castles. The stunning coastline offers 750 miles of flawless beaches and hidden coves, and Cardiff offers a vibrant atmosphere and plenty of cultural discoveries.
Scotland is a land of real diversity. Revel in the vibrancy of Edinburgh and Glasgow or enjoy solidarity on the peaceful islands of Skye or Lewis. Walk beside gentle lochs or rushing rivers, climb towering mountains and discover hidden beaches and ancient battle grounds. Not only that but Scotland is swathed in historic castles, stately homes and attractions to suit just about anyone.
From the huge open skies and vast beaches in Norfolk to the traditional seaside charm in Essex, the East of England is a varied holiday destination. Taking in Suffolk, Lincolnshire, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire, you can also enjoy stunning countryside, cultural cities, historic castles and several Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Encompassing the likes of The Cotswolds, Oxfordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire and Warwickshire, a holiday in the Heart of England guarantees a traditional English break. Get lost in the stunning countryside, explore cultural cities, market towns and picture-perfect villages. Not only that but you can discover stately homes, peaceful gardens and beautiful castles.
Home to some of the UK’s most loved Victorian seaside towns, the South Coast promises perfect family memories full of fish and chips and ice cream! Head slightly inland and you can enjoy the likes of the New Forest in Hampshire, the South Downs in Sussex and cultural cities like Canterbury in Kent.
There are many contrasting landscapes in the North of England, from the unspoilt mountains in the Lake District to the vast rolling countryside of Yorkshire. If you’re more interested in the coast then Northumberland’s stunning beaches and Yorkshire’s popular fishing villages will not disappoint.
With so many beautiful places in the UK designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this is a testament to just how special much of the country’s landscapes are. Choose from the peaks of Snowdonia, the honey-coloured villages of the Cotswolds, the unspoilt wilderness of the Cairngorms.
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Beaminster (3mls N), Dorset
Crewkerne (2mls SW), Somerset
Shaftesbury (7.5mls NW), Somerset
West Bay, Dorset
Lyme Regis (8mls N), Devon
Isle of Purbeck, Dorset
Lyme Regis, Dorset
Beaminster (3mls W), Dorset
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Dogs are considered part of the family and we feel that they shouldn’t miss out on any family activity, especially a holiday! Bring your four legged friend along and enjoy a stay in one our dog friendly cottages. They’ll have a blast exploring the fantastic beaches, hills and attractions that you find across the UK, particularly Dorset. It’s often cheaper to bring them along as well and you won’t feel guilty about them missing out on all the fun.
If one of your concerns is your dog wandering off in an unfamiliar location then one our properties with an enclosed garden would be perfect for you. These come in all sizes with everything from a romantic cottage for couples looking to getaway for some quality time together, large cottages to holiday in a group or family friendly cottages to ensure that the children are entertained throughout the stay.
Dogs love splashing around in the sea and running around on the soft sand or pebbles. There is no shortage of beaches to enjoy while on holiday in Dorset with one of the most popular areas being around Lulworth where you’ll find the world famous Durdle Door along with Lulworth Cove and Man ‘O’ War beaches, dogs are allowed throughout the year on these beaches. Dorset’s largest town Bournemouth has long stretches of golden sand that is perfect for enjoying your day at the beach. Be sure to check the restrictions that are in place during the summer months here, but there is still ample room for your pooch to enjoy. Similar restrictions apply in many of the other beaches across the county including the ones in; Poole, Bridport, Christchurch, Lyme Regis and Weymouth. For unrestricted access all year round, head to Abbotsbury beach where you’ll be treated to stunning views over to Weymouth and Portland.
You’re spoilt for choice on where to take your dog for a walk while in Dorset. As has been mentioned the beaches are a fantastic way to get some exercise for you and your dog while on holiday in Dorset and it’s hard to discuss great walking routes without mentioning the South West Coast Path. Starting in Poole harbour the route hugs the south Dorset coastline passing great coastal towns including Wareham, Swanage , Charmouth, Eype and West Bay and features some of the most dramatic and breath-taking views along the World Heritage Site known as the Jurassic Coast.
There is plenty more of the county to see other than the coastal locations. Head inland and enjoy walks through the rolling countryside that is found across Dorset. By The Way in Wimborne, found on the outskirts Bournemouth, is large open space that dogs love running around on, they can even take a dip in the lake. Much of the land in the north of the county is largely rural with routes in and around towns such as Shaftesbury and Blandford Forum and this area is perfect for taking your dog for a long countryside ramble, there will be plenty of wildlife to see on route as well.
Browse through our carefully selected dog-friendly cottages in Dorset, and get ready to discover the miles of dramatic Jurassic coastline, the tranquillity of the scenic countryside, and everything else this beautiful county has to offer. With so much space to run free and so many great places to go for walks, not forgetting the dog-friendly pubs on offer, Dorset is a great destination for a pet-friendly holiday.
Find even more inspiration for your holiday by taking a look through our pet-friendly accommodation and holiday homes above.
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