Thanks to a wag-worthy assortment of dog-friendly walkies, attractions and hotels, it’s easy to bring four-legged members of the family on holiday in Yorkshire.
Here are six of the best dog-friendly hotels in Yorkshire, selected by the Good Hotel Guide.
For a dog-friendly holiday that’s not completely focused on walkies, head to The White Swan, a friendly 16th-century coaching inn in the historic market town of Pickering, gateway to the North Yorkshire Moors. Dogs are welcome in the cosy, traditional bar and in the lounge, which has board games, books and a log-burner. The Hideaway bedrooms are perfect for pets, with stone flooring and a porch for doggy kit storage and towelling down. For a break from canine-centric activities, take a trip on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway; tickets for dogs are £3.
Dogs are “very much a part of the ambience” at this Georgian house hotel in the Yorkshire Dales National Park – prime dog-walking territory. If you need a quick amble somewhere closer to your bed for the night, The Traddock has one and a half acres of grounds to roam (there’s a dog bin in the car park). And if it all gets a bit muddy, there are dog-washing facilities outside, and you can borrow a towel to dry your hound. Fortunately, facilities for dog owners are more sophisticated: some of the well-appointed bedrooms have a rolltop bath, and chef Thomas Pickard’s imaginative menus, built around local and wild ingredients, are varied and delicious.
This is the sort of place where well-walked dogs can flop in front of an open fire! The Blue Lion is an 18th-century coaching inn with flagstone floors, sturdy oak tables and chalkboard menus in the dog-friendly bar area. Dogs can stay in the country-style bedrooms across the courtyard. Keep close tabs on your room key though – it’s attached to a cricket ball that might just prove too tempting a toy for your pooch! On the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, the inn has several circular walks from its door, or you can go for a romp around nearby Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal; there are long trails through the gardens and deer park, and dogs on short leads are allowed in the abbey.
Stylish Yorebridge House is living proof that dog-friendly hotels don’t necessarily skimp on panache. Two of the 12 rooms in this Victorian Grade II-listed former school and headmaster’s house are dog friendly – and they have a hot tub. Rangali has wooden floors, a large wet room-style shower and a sizeable private terrace so Rover can sniff around outside while you have a lie-in. Book African lodge-style Kariega for a private riverside garden with views of the Yorkshire Dales. There are ample grounds for more leg stretching and walks, and dog-friendly pubs in every direction. Dogs aren’t allowed in the hotel’s communal areas, but room service is available and staff have been known to dish out dog treats.
Rainy days won’t get in the way of walkies at this chic dog-friendly pub-with-rooms on the edge of the North York Moors. Dogs can stay in the Garden rooms, which have a drying wardrobe for soggy kit, seating area, super-king-size bed and private terrace with views over the Vale of Mowbray. Pooches are welcome in the bar area of the appealingly rustic pub too; it has flagstones, low beams, wooden settles, a log fire in cool weather, local beers and hand-pulled ales. Tuck in to reasonably priced, hearty, county-showcasing dishes, such as roast rack and slow-braised shoulder croquette of Yorkshire lamb.
For town-based adventures, stay at this modern, dog-friendly establishment on a smart parade facing leafy Harrogate Stray – that’s 200 acres of dog-walking heaven on tap, as far as your pet is concerned. It’s also near the Nidderdale Greenway, a converted railway line linking Harrogate and Ripley that’s perfect for longer walks or bike rides. The West Park Hotel is a slickly converted Victorian coach house with a lively brasserie, a courtyard for alfresco drinks and smart bedrooms with a large bed, coffee machine and bathroom with underfloor heating and speakers. Dogs are welcome in the bar area, three double rooms, one superior room and one suite.