Dog-Friendly Yorkshire

Dog Days are over in Yorkshire: Best Places to Visit with Your Pup

Our vast amount of dog-friendly cottages in Yorkshire is representative of how pup-crazy this county is. The heritage coastline is home to lots of dog-friendly beaches and coastal paths and there is certainly no shortage of countryside for your furry friends to roam free in. From the heather-filled fields of the North York Moors, to the sandy shores of Whitby, where you’ll see about one dog to every person, don’t hesitate to bring your canine companion to Yorkshire. To help you decide where to travel with your dog, we have created this guide to some of the most dog-friendly spots in God’s Own County. 

Dog wearing a denim jacket, sitting on a chair in a cafe

Dick Turpin’s Dog Walk

Famed as the spot where the world’s most infamous highwayman would walk his dog Little Nell, this 1.5 mile circular trail is a great way to take in historic York. The route is fully tarmacked, so is easy to do in all weather conditions and can be done at a nice gentle pace.

Eateries nearby: Plush Cafe and Parlormade Scone House

Dog resting on its owner in the Seabirds free house garden

Flamborough Head

This 3 mile walk is a fantastic way to see one of the Yorkshire coast’s most iconic natural landmarks. Leading you across Flamborough’s white cliffs, the sea breeze will be bracing but definitely worth it. Maritime history enthusiasts will be pleased to know that the walk also goes past the old and new Flamborough lighthouses. Loved by humans and dogs alike and a great spot to get those all important ‘pupstagram’ pics!

Eateries nearby: Ship Inn and Restaurant, Thornwick Bay Cafe and The Seabirds Inn.

Long-exposure photo of Aysgarth Falls

Aysgarth Woods and Falls

Inspirational to artistic giants Wordworth and Turner, Aysgarth Falls have been admired for their beauty for centuries. As part of the James Herriott Way deep in the Yorkshire Dales, Aysgarth Woods and Falls are a great place to venture on your Yorkshire holiday. The best part for dogs? They are allowed to roam lead-free as long as they stay calm and don’t disturb wildlife. 

Eateries nearby: Aysgarth Falls Hotel, George and Dragon and Mill Race Teashop.

Cottages perched on the hillside overlooking Runswick Bay

Runswick Bay

Beloved by our Regional Manager’s dog Betsy, Runswick Bay beach is one hundred percent dog friendly! Just eight miles outside Whitby, this quiet sandy bay is also a top spot for fossil hunting and rockpooling. There are also lots of secret coves hidden among the rocks that are ready to be explored by inquisitive pets and humans alike! 

Eateries nearby: The Royal Hotel Pub and Runswick Bay Tea Gardens.