A family day out with your pup is one of the best things to do on a nice sunny weekend. Going on an adventure, maybe a road trip could be something everyone can look forward to.
Living in the UK you can reach unique and amazing places if you have a car. If you are tired of touring the noisy and crowded city, you might want to head to the countryside for serenity, tranquility and fresh air.
One such place in England is Wales. If you are coming from London it will take you around two and a half hours to reach beautiful Wales by car. Alternatively, you can take the train or bus, but if you’re arriving by car it’s most convenient to bring your furry friend with you.
Wales is divided into four regions: North, South, Central and West Wales. Each uniquely offers something for the whole family, including your furry best friend. Cash these dog-friendly excursions at various locations in Wales
If you are looking for one dog friendly place, you found it. Barmouth Beach will be a place your pup will love. They will have a great time roaming freely on the wide expanse of beach. If you come in the summer, the kids will have the best time playing on the trampolines, the bouncy castle and the pirate ships. Older adults will love Barmouth’s vintage charm as leisure facilities such as shops, cafes and pubs can be found a short distance away.
Colwyn Bay is a popular seaside resort on the north coast of Wales with plenty of super dog friendly restaurants. You and your pup can sample some fantastic Welsh specialties while enjoying a sunny view of the pier from the deck.
Most restaurants have al fresco dining with benches overlooking the beach and ice cream parlors where you and your best friend can enjoy a scoop with two of your favorite mint chocolate chips and their favorite custard. No chocolates for your pup.
- Glamorgan’s Heritage Coast
Spans the valley of Glamorgan and Bridgend in south wales, some of Wales’ best known tourist resorts including Barry and Porthcawl are here. But if amusement parks and noise aren’t your thing and you’re more after a quiet walk with your dog and a view, there are plenty of lovely dog-friendly spots to enjoy. Ogmore-by-Sea is dog-friendly with some of the most picturesque sunsets in Wales, or Newton Beach offers sandy views across the coast from Porthcawl. If you don’t mind a long walk, Kenfig Nature Reserve offers a challenging walk across the sand dunes to Sker beach.
Pembrokeshire has about 50 amazing beaches and the great thing is that many of them are dog friendly! Your furry friends can enjoy a pleasant stroll, stretch their legs after a long drive from the city and dip their paws in the fine golden sand while smelling the fresh air scented with pine trees. You can visit the cute cottages at Broad Haven, Marloes Sands, Newgale Beach and Barafundle Bay.
Located in West Wales, Aberporth Beach is a dog-friendly destination for the whole family. You will also enjoy spotting dolphins and seals along the shores of Cardigan Bay.
Although the trek to Aberporth can be tiring for little ones, your pup will get the best exercise hiking down steep hills and rocky cliffs. Don’t worry as there are plenty of picnic stops to rest your weary legs. The trek will be well worth it once you reach Aberporth’s golden sandy beaches.
Older children and adults can enjoy many water activities, including kayaking, bodyboarding, surfing, stand-up paddleboarding, sailing, windsurfing, skimboarding, rock jumping, and waterskiing. There are cafes and restaurants around the beaches of Aberporth, Dyffryn and Dolwen – dog friendly of course.
Harlech Beach in North Wales is renowned for its majestic views of the Snowdonia Mountains. The beach is dog-friendly most of the year except from April to late September. The kids can have the best time playing on the vast golden sand. The peaceful beach has huge sand dunes. The whole family can also enjoy Welsh specialties in the cafes and restaurants. Adults can also play golf at Royal St David’s Golf Club.
The soft, golden sands of Penbryn Beach will be a delight for your furry pal. You may have to go through some forested trails and moderately rough terrain to reach the majestic shoreline. But once you get to the beach, your pup can enjoy the miles of fine, golden sands. Bring binoculars as the night sky is perfect for stargazing. Your pup may not enjoy the stars as much as you do, but he will enjoy seeing and hearing the barn owls in the area.
Finding dog-friendly places today may not be as challenging as it used to be. But finding one that will please both your pup and your family could be a chore. It’s great that Wales can offer both. It is a place full of beautiful sights, culinary delights and warm hospitality. Whether you’re visiting North, South, West or Mid Wales, you’ll find a dog-friendly destination for you and your pup to enjoy.