Sustainability is an ever-important issue and we as a society are becoming more and more eco-aware. With this in mind we have compiled a number of places to visit that are both eco-conscious and dog-friendly. So whether it’s a day by the coast or a wander through woodland, we have a few suggestions of places to visit with your four-legged friends.
Dog Friendly National Trust Sites
The National Trust is a leading charity in the UK that works to protect and manage over 600,000 acres of countryside and 700 miles of coastline. As both a charity and a business they aim to promote sustainable tourism; actively supporting local economies by promoting and using local produce, improving public transport and increasing awareness of the impact of tourism. So whether you’re looking for beaches or countryside there are some lovely, dog-friendly, National Trust spots to consider.
Dogs are welcome all year round at Studland in Dorset, a vast expanse of sandy beaches, perfect for humans and canines alike. A beautiful landscape with stunning views.
Hardcastle Crags in West Yorkshire is popular with dogs and owners, perfect for leisurely woodland walks.
Or perhaps Clumber Park in the Midlands will take your fancy. There are 3,800 acres of woodland to explore here and dogs are welcome in all outdoor areas. There is also a dedicated indoor space where pets can relax after their mini adventure.
The list doesn’t stop here and we’d definitely suggest heading over to the National Trust website for more information and ideas for dog-friendly days out. It is also worth noting the fantastic volunteer programme; a great way to get more involved with the National Trust’s work and some of the activities are suitable for dogs and children to come along to as well!
The Eden Project
A popular visitor attraction in Cornwall, The Eden Project is made up of two large Biomes which house diverse species of plants form around the world, as well as an outdoor botanical garden, home to many plants native to Cornwall and the UK. The Eden Project is an active and successful sustainability project; they use rainwater as an energy source and are currently raising money to develop a geothermal power plant.
Whilst dogs aren’t allowed in the Biomes, they are welcome in the miles of open spaces and gardens. There are dedicated dog waste bins, outdoor undercover dining areas and water is provided for all four-legged friends.
The Devonshire Arms Hotel & Spa
If you are looking for an overnight stay with your dog, then consider The Devonshire Arms Hotel & Spa. Not only is The Devonshire Arms one of the finest country house hotels, it is also renowned for being dog-friendly. There are a range of facilities for your dog, including dog washing, a pet concierge and even their own dog lounge! Situated in acres of countryside, there are miles of country walks to explore and a host of dining options in the vicinity.
Owned by the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire and situated on their Bolton Abbey estate, the hotel is a Gold Award Winner for “Green Tourism”.
We hope that you have found our guide to responsible places in the UK useful, as well as educational when it comes to why you should visit them. We understand the importance of being eco-conscious, and want to help encourage a more caring lifestyle when it comes to the planet and its inhabitants. Spread the word and take your friends to visit these amazing locations.