With over 1,400 miles of footpaths, you and your four legged friend will be spoilt for choice with the number of beautiful walks in the North York Moors. Perhaps the most famous, the Cleveland Way National Trail, spans 109 miles across heather moorland and spectacular coastline passing through fishing villages, tiny coves, market towns and impressive historical sites.
You will find the charming hillside fishing village of Robin Hood Bay on the coastal section of this trail. The cobbled streets, quaint alleyways, sweeping views and dog friendly cafes make this a perfect spot for a lazy morning. Pop into Paws of Robin Hood’s Bay where you will find a wide selection of doggy delights! After lunch head down to the dog friendly beach for a spot of rock-pooling and beach-combing or follow the Cleveland Way along the beautiful coastline to Boggle Hole or Ravenscar. Further up the coast, still on the Cleveland Way, you will pass through Whitby and the pretty seaside village of Runswick Bay. This is another great spot to let your dog run free on the beach, splash about in the sea and simply admire the breath-taking views.
For something a little less wind swept, head inland to Dalby Forest. Kids will love hunting for the Gruffalo as they explore the forest trails, or follow the footpaths through the open countryside and moorland to the Jurassic sedimentary rocks at Bridestones. Alternatively, the 400 acre ancient woodland at Raincliffe Woods is a perfect place to enjoy wildflowers and native trees. The carpets of bluebells in Spring are simply stunning.
If you are looking to give your legs a rest, why not enjoy the stunning scenery of the North York Moors from the comfort of a steam train with North Yorkshire Moors Railway. You and your dog can hop on and off the train to explore pretty villages, historic attractions and the famous Harry Potter ‘Hogsmeade’ Station in between Pickering and Whitby. Or simply enjoy the ride and the surrounding beautiful countryside.
History lovers shouldn’t miss the infamous Whitby Abbey or take a step back in time at Ryedale Folk Museum. If you are looking for a dog friendly market town to explore head to Helmsley. Visit the divine Walled Garden, imposing Helmsley Castle or the impressive ruins at Rievaulx Abbey before heading back to one of the many dog friendly cafes and pubs in this picturesque town.
The choice of moorland, forests or coastline, long exhilarating hikes, gentle strolls to the pub or blustery seaside walks makes Yorkshire a great place for dogs. Whether you fancy staying in a former fisherman’s cottage, a countryside retreat, or in the middle of a pretty village, we have an excellent selection of dog friendly cottages to rent in this diverse and beautiful part of the country.