Paw-some Days Out With Your Dog

Northumberland is home to a diverse landscape of beautiful coastal and rural areas for you and your dog to discover. Wherever you choose to stay in Northumberland, you are never far from a great day out for all the family, both at the coast and in the countryside.

Northumberland is one of the most welcoming dog-friendly locations in the UK. We are no exception, and offer a lovely selection of dog-friendly holiday cottages for you and your faithful companion, some self-catering properties also go the extra mile and include welcome goodies for dogs, blankets and towels.

Explore over 30 miles of dog-friendly sandy beaches along the Northumberland coast and the dramatic landscape of the vast Northumberland National Park, filled with valleys, hills, streams and woodlands.

Our Top Recommendations for Dog-Friendly Days Out in Northumberland

  • Explore the expansive sandy beaches and scenic coves in Northumberland. The vast majority of beaches in Northumberland are dog-friendly with little or no restrictions imposed. Holy Island, Bamburgh, Beadnell, Embleton, Low Newton, Alnmouth, Warkworth and Low Hauxley all welcome dogs throughout the year. Great fun can be had by your furry friend paddling in the sea, running along the beach and of course a spot of doggie-digging!
  • Visit the iconic Hadrian’s Wall and walk part of the 73 miles of this impressive site. Walk past the iconic tree in the dip at Sycamore Gap and enjoy regular stops in the pubs along the way where dogs are more than welcome to join you for refreshments.
  • Discover new heights in the Northumberland National Park and climb to the top of the rugged Cheviot and Simonside Hills exploring dramatic views for miles around of the surrounding landscape.
  • Northumberlandia- ‘Lady of the North’ is a country park like no other, with woodland trails, a visitor centre and a giant landscaped sculpture in the shape of a reclining lady carved into the hillside. There are a series of pathways around so that you and your dog can explore the contours of this unique sculpture (dogs must be on a lead). There are some lovely lakes too to stroll around at the foot of the sculpture. Not far from here, you can visit the Northumberland Cheese Café. Try their delicious cheese lover’s afternoon tea or simply a cheese sandwich, made using a variety of cheeses they produce on site. Dog are welcome to join the owners in the outdoor sitting area.
  • Visit England’s largest forest and northern Europe’s largest man-made lake, Kielder Water and Forest Park, there are miles of waymarked trails to follow of varying lengths and dogs can enjoy a well-earned break from exploring, inside the Boat Inn restaurant where dogs can enjoy a refreshing drink.
  • The National Trust and English Heritage have many sites where dogs are welcome to join you in exploring the wonderful outside grounds including Warkworth Castle, Wallington Hall, Cragside Estate, Belsay Hall Estate, Dunstanburgh Castle, and Lindisfarne Castle.

Wherever you decide to explore in dog-friendly Northumberland, please always ensure that dogs are kept on leads in the grounds of attractions where requested, in protected landscapes and around livestock to ensure everyone can enjoy Northumberland at its very best throughout the year.

After a day exploring, all the family can expect a warm welcome into the many dog friendly cafes, restaurants and bars in Northumberland to enjoy a well-earned rest and some delicious Northumberland food and drink before retiring to your holiday cottage for a good night’s sleep before the next day of adventures begin.