Heading off for a camping holiday and debating whether to take your pooch along for the trip? There is much to consider before deciding on a dog-friendly holiday — including where to go and choosing what things to bring along for your pet. Here, we’ve looked at the best camping sites to take your dog and the various points you must bear in mind before making the decision…
Where in the UK can I take my dog camping
There’s a huge selection of places you can take your dog on holiday in the UK. In fact, Cool Camping lists 787 dog-friendly campsites on its website — Campsites.co.uk expands on this number further by listing 981 such locations.
Check out these top places you can visit this summer with your pooch:
Opening dates: between 26 May and 3 September on weekends only.
Finding the site: Maxted Street, near Stelling Minnis, Canterbury, Kent CT4 6DJ
Contact number: 01233 750024
From glamping to the traditional tent, The Sunnyfield is a great campsite with a variety of accommodation options. Furthermore, each pitch is not only spacious but comes complete with its own campfire pit. You’ll also find hot showers uniquely designed inside horse boxes around the campsite, as well as a horsebox coffee shop, a straw bale breakfast café and a wood-fired pizza oven.
You should definitely take advantage of the stunning surroundings while you’re here with your dog, too. The historic city of Canterbury is a 15-minute drive away and the beaches of Folkestone, Dymchurch and Sandgate each sit within a 30-minute drive.
Size: six pitches available across eight acres of grassy space.
Main amenities for dog owners:
Each pitch based in a car-free meadow | Found in an area of outstanding natural beauty
More information: http://www.thesunnyfield.co.uk/
Dunstan Hill Camping & Caravanning Club Site
Opening dates: from 29 March to 5 November.
Finding the site: Dunstan Hill Camping & Caravanning Club Site, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 3TQ
Contact number: 01665 576310
This location is excellent for all types of camping holidays — whether you’re after peace and quiet or something a bit more exciting. The area plays host to breathtaking views and is frequently visited by an abundance of friendly wildlife. There’s also a selection of hardstand and grass pitches available, so it’s up to you how you’d like to set up camp.
If you head off site, you won’t be disappointed, either. Take the time to seek out Dunstanburgh Castle — which has the glorious Embleton Bay as its backdrop — as well as the amazing Bamburgh Castle and Alnwick Castle, the latter of which Harry Potter film fans will surely recognise as it was used to represent Hogwarts School in the movie franchise.
Size: 150 pitches
Main amenities for dog owners:
A mile from the North Northumberland Heritage Coast | Designated dog walk paths
Opening dates: until the end of October
Finding the site: Secret Valley, Cobbs Cross Farm, Goathurst, Bridgwater, Somerset, TA5 2DN
Contact number: 01278 671 945
Not a massive fan of tents and would prefer to try glamping? Located within the Quantock Hills of Somerset, all the accommodation options at this campsite are home to their very own fire pits — barbecuing or stargazing long into the night will never have felt so pleasant!
It’s recommended that you also pay at least one visit to the working organic farm nearby that offers views which can stretch across into Wales on clear days.
Size: space for the following accommodation: 1 Big Yurt, 1 Tipi, 2 Shepherds Huts, 3 Lodges, 3 Lotus Belle Tents 3 Yurts, 8 Big Chief Wigwams, 11 Small Wee Brave Wigwams
Main amenities for dog owners:
Communal barbecue | Horse Riding
Further information: https://www.secret-valley.co.uk/
Tips for taking your dog camping: before you book
Got an idea of where you want to take your pooch camping? The next thing you will want to consider is what to pack and, indeed, whether it will be wise to take your dog with you to a campsite or if it will be better arrange for them to be looked after at home by someone you know or checked into your nearby kennel.
Make sure your dog is fit and healthy
Long hikes and country walks might seem ideal for your dog — but are they fit enough, or will you have to cut your excursions short for them? Give your pet a trial run to ensure they are fit by taking them for a long walk around a local park or through a forest if you have one near where you live. Both experiences will also give your pooch an added opportunity to get used to the sights, sounds and smells of nature — aspects that they will need to get used to when camping.
Apart from keeping up with the pace, you should also check that their vaccinations are up-to-date before you go. Have they been wormed recently? If you have answered no to either question, you’ll want to get your dog booked into the vets prior to a camping holiday.
Ensure they won’t be a nuisance
Remember, a lot of people go to camping sites to get away from noise and stress — the last thing your holidaymaker neighbours want is a barking dog. If you feel that your dog needs to become more obedient, provide them with some training sessions before you go away.
If you can’t ensure that your dog will behave, it’d be wise to leave them.
A packing checklist for your pooch
Confident that your dog is fit and behaved enough for camping? Then here’s a checklist of what you might want to pack for them:
- Bed — extra comfort once your dog is at the campsite.
- Favourite toys —perfect for keeping them entertained during car journeys and can help distract them onsite.
- Collar that includes a tag with their name, address and owner’s mobile phone number — to prevent your pet from getting lost.
- Dog poop bags — to dodge getting slapped with a maximum fine of £1,000!
- Towels — help keep your pet clean and dry.
- Lead — UK rights of access guidelines state that you must use a fixed lead measuring no more than two metres long between 1 March 31and July (the period known as the ground-nesting bird season across the nation), as well as whenever they are near livestock.
This article was put together by Flogas, a leading UK provider of camping gas bottles.