Summer has officially arrived, making walking the dog much more enjoyable for us and our pooches. The North East is a dog-lover’s paradise, with many pubs and cafes welcoming our four-legged friends with open arms (and a biscuit or two). Here’s where you should take a pit-stop to rest those weary feet and paws, as compiled by Feedem, a retailer of grain free dog food.
Time for walkies
The North East is home to some great dog walking routes, leaving the rest of the UK envious! With a selection of beautiful beaches and great outdoor spaces, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to the destination of your next dog walk — why not try one of these?
South Shields Beach & The Leas
Your dogs will love it at South Shields. With an extensive stretch of beach to explore, fearless dogs can take a dip in the refreshing North Sea — so make sure to pack a towel. If your dog is more reserved, stick to The Leas, a 2-mile expanse of green space along the beautiful North East coastline. You’ll love the view and your pooch will love exploring.
Unfortunately, dogs are not permitted on Sandhaven Beach between 8am and 6pm from 1st May until 30th September. Don’t worry — your pooches can wander until their heart’s content on Littlehaven and Marsden Beach at any time of the year.
Herrington Country Park
If your pooch prefers grass to sand, head to Herrington Country Park, set just opposite Penshaw Monument in Houghton Le Spring. With loads of green space for your dog, plenty of winding paths and lots of woodland to explore, this walk will last around one to two hours and is sure to tire them out!
Jesmond Dene Park
Jesmond Dene Park was made for fetch. It has a combination of flat and hilly green spaces, creating a challenging fetch arena! You’ll be able to take in the gorgeous waterfall and historic buildings too.
Refreshments are always on hand in the huge selection of dog-friendly pubs in the North East. Here are some of our favourites:
The Sand Dancer Beach Bar (The Crab Shack)
Step off the beach and into The Sand Dancer Beach Bar. It’s a great local pub and restaurant, with a dedicated dog-friendly area. Pop in for an ice-cold refreshment and grab a table near the windows to take in epic views of the coast. There are plenty of water bowls on offer too to keep the dog happy!
After all that exploration in Herrington Country Park, visit The Stables nearby. Dogs are welcome in the designated area. Water is available to help them rehydrate after all that running, while biscuits are dished out to help them keep their strength up!
The Brandling Villa
The Brandling Villa, located in Gosforth, Newcastle, is one of the region’s best dog-friendly pubs. If you are in the area — or even if you’re not — this place is a must-visit! Not only is it fully dog-friendly, the pub offers a special doggy menu, including everything from Sunday lunch to pig ear tacos and even dog beer! There’s even a special birthday menu, so if you’re celebrating, why not spoil them with a cake?
When you — and your dog’s — stomach starts to rumble, head to one of these pooch-perfect cafes.
Located in Seaburn, Sunderland, Doggie Diner perfectly caters for both man and dog, with a Hound Menu and a Human Menu. While you snack on a tasty toastie, sandwich or panini, your furry friend can take their pick from Woofin muffins, Pupcakes and Ice Cream Cookies. Or, for a special treat, how about afternoon tea? They’ll get cheese chunks and sausage amongst a selection of biscuits and a tennis ball — perfect for a post-lunch game of fetch!
Tynemouth is a paradise for dog-lovers — and the selection of bars and restaurants is no different. The Surf Café is one of our favourites, as it hosts regular live music acts and serves both food and drinks. End your walk along the coast there.
Get your dog and get out there and explore all that the North East has to offer.