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Dog friendly Northumberland

dog friendly northumberland

Do you love a dog friendly break, or can’t bring yourself to leave your four legged friend at home? Then look no further, as we have rounded up some of the best dog friendly attractions in Northumberland so you can have a fantastic day out with your dog.


Ford and Etal is an excellent option for taking your dog on a day out in Northumberland. Nestled in the valley of the River Till, Ford and Etal Estates and the hamlet of Heatherslaw which lies in between are surrounded by staggering walking routes great for getting the dog out for a long walk. In the estate itself, there are a number of dog friendly attractions to make the most of such as Lady Waterford Hall, Etal Castle and Hay Farm Heavy Horse Centre. Dogs are even allowed on Heatherslaw Light Railway, the steam train that offers a great way of getting between the three villages.


Wallington Hall is the perfect place to walk your pooch, as although dogs aren’t allowed in the house itself, they are welcome year-round in the stunning surrounding landscapes there. The historical property has miles of woodland walks to explore and a picturesque walled garden to stroll, and well behaved dogs are allowed in almost all outdoor areas including the surrounding woodland, along the river and farm routes and in the walled garden.


Another fantastic dog friendly day out in Northumberland is a trip to Kielder Water and Forest Park. Kielder Forest is dog friendly throughout and there are so many sights, viewpoints and wildlife for you and the dog to enjoy en-route. Wonderful, waterside routes can be enjoyed along Kielder Reservoir, the biggest man-made lake in Northern Europe, and fantastic outdoor architecture structures are scattered throughout the forest just waiting to be admired and explored.


Treat your dog like royalty on a day at Bamburgh Castle as the grounds and Victorian Stables are completely dog friendly. The views from Bamburgh Castle’s grounds are second to none, as it offers an exceptional viewpoint for Bamburgh Beach and the everlasting Northumberland coastline stretching out into the distance. While you’re in Bamburgh, it’s worth exploring the village and stopping for a coffee in one of the dog friendly cafes, and head to the beach for a windswept walk.


Cragside House and Gardens is another spectacular dog friendly attraction that is not to be missed. Surrounded by acres of incredible landscapes, you can enjoy woodland, trickling streams and beautiful fauna while you explore. Dogs are not allowed inside the house itself, but are welcome in all parts of the estate, including the grounds, gardens, shop and tea rooms, where you can pick up a pot of doggy ice cream! Dogs must remain on leads at all times to protect the wildlife and for dog safety as there are steep drops and crags at Cragside.


Northumberland’s coastal castles are great for a day out with the dog in Northumberland as many of them sit along the Northumberland coast path, a perfect dog walking route. Warkworth Castle, Lindisfarne Castle and Dunstanburgh Castle all welcome dogs into their grounds, so you can delve into Northumberland’s history and admire our romantic ruins. As always, do be mindful of the coastal wildlife when walking your dog and follow local signage regarding lead walking and other potential guidance.


Take your dog out on a boat trip to The Farne Islands with Billy Shiel or Serenity Boat Tours, where well behaved dogs are welcome on board to admire the grey seals, puffins and sometimes even dolphins that can be seen from the boat. There are unfortunately no landings on the Farne Islands at the moment as the seabird colony was sadly devastated by bird flu last year. Nonetheless, seeing them from the comfort of the boat is a fantastic experience and you should be sure to explore Seahouses after your trip.


Relax and don’t worry about the route on a guided walk with Heritage Walks, who welcome dogs on their Northumberland routes. Ranging from the Pilgrim’s Path over to incredible Holy Island, to the fascinating Yeavering Bell in Northumberland’s countryside, there are a number of routes to choose from that your dog will absolutely love.


Northumberland’s beaches make for excellent dog walking routes, as most of them welcome well behaved dogs throughout the year. Staggering Druridge Bay and beautiful Budle Bay are just a couple of examples of pristine, dog-friendly beaches. There is a summer restriction for breeding shorebirds in the middle of Beadnell Bay, so make sure to observe signs and put your dog on a lead before you reach the site. Outside the AONB, there are restrictions at Blyth and Newbiggin, so again be sure to follow local signage. Please also take a look at the AONB’s guidance to bringing your dog to the coast.

So, now you are fully prepared to explore Northumberland with your dog, enjoy a dog friendly day out in Northumberland without worrying about whether your dog is welcome. Remember to always follow local signage and guidance in regards to exploring with your dog.

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