If you and your four-legged friend are looking for a holiday by the sea you will not be disappointed by the 870 stunning miles of coastline in Wales. Whether you want to explore a section of the Welsh Coastal Path, play fetch on the beach or simply enjoy the salty air and feel the sand between your paws there are numerous beautiful spots for you to enjoy. Beach lovers will love the three mile stretch of sand at Rhossili Bay on the Gower Peninsular. This picture-perfect spot is hard to beat for a day of building sand castles, playing rounders, catching some waves and letting your dog stretch his legs on the huge sandy beach.
Head around the corner to Pembrokeshire where you have a choice of over 50 beaches, coves and picturesque bays to explore. Arguably the best way to enjoy this spectacular coastal scenery is by exploring a section of the coastal path. Keep an eye out for seals, dolphins and nesting coughs, ravens and buzzards as you wind your way through pretty villages, dramatic cliff tops and vast stretches of sand.
Head further north to Anglesey and the Llyn Peninsula for a huge choice of dog friendly beaches. The pristine waters, wind-swept cliffs and infamous dog friendly pub on the edge of the beach at Morfa Nefyn is a popular spot for dog walkers. Or enjoy a dramatic walk along the coastal path at the tip of Anglesey at Cemaes Bay.
It’s not all about sea, sand and surf in Wales! The Brecon Beacon National Park in the south and Snowdonia National Park in the north offers miles and miles of breathtaking scenery and diverse landscapes. Hike through the rugged mountains and climb the tallest mountain in England and Wales, or explore forest trails, discover crystal clear lakes and learn about the myths and legends of traditional Welsh folklore. You can even explore underground at the National Showcaves Centre for Wales or enjoy the stunning mountain views from the comfort of a steam train on the Welsh Highland Railway.
Any adventure seekers will be spoilt for choice in Wales. Whilst the mountains and coastline provide numerous opportunities for hiking, mountain biking and surfing, you can also try your hand at kayaking, paddle boarding or swimming in the lakes and rivers. You can hire kayaks, wet suits and even dog life jackets from Bala Adventure and Water Sports on Llyn Tegid in Bala or hire a canoe and paddle from Glasbury to Hay-on-Wye with Want to Canoe. And you can’t come to Wales without visiting at least one castle. A trip to Harlech, Criccieth, Pembroke castles or the gothic masterpiece at Tintern Abbey all make fantastic dog friendly days out but there are numerous others to choose from as well.
If you want to get off the beaten track you should escape to the peace and tranquillity of mid Wales. The dramatic landscape of the Cambrian mountains, wonderful walks along Glyndwr’s Way, stunning coastline of Ceredigion and quaint market towns makes this a truly magical spot.
It’s time to lace up your walking boots, grab your dog’s lead and head west for your next adventure. The large number of footpaths to explore, activities to enjoy and dog friendly cottages to rent makes Wales a fantastic location for the perfect pet friendly holiday.