It's official. Camping season has started! If you're thinking of taking a weekend break to take advantage of the good weather, you may be concerned about whether you can take your dog with you. A camping trip is one of the best and most fun experiences you can share with your dog. Dogs love being outdoors, and they will have so much to discover and sniff, that you'll have a happy pet at the end of the day. We've found some of the best campsites in the UK for you, that are also dog friendly. Read on. If you are in the US, be sure to check out our recommendations for dog friendly campsites in the US.
Old Oaks, Somerset
Extremely dog friendly, Old Oaks has a 300 meter fenced dog exercise area, which makes it fully secure, thus allowing your dog to run about freely without a leash, while you take a stroll or have a seat with a book. They have a doggie poop bag dispenser to make clearing up messes easier, as well as a washing machine and dryer just for washing dog blankets and bedding. You and your dog couldn't be more comfortable at Old Oaks.
Wolverley Club Site, Worcestershire
Surrounded by the spectacular Worcestershire countryside, it is the ideal location for hiking and cycling. You can also venture through 16 miles of glorious countryside aboard steam trains operated by Severn Valley Railway. The Staffordshire and Worcestershire canal is just 60 metres from the site, and canal-side walks with your dog are a must do. Springfield Park is also in close proximity to the canal, so your dog can explore the vast fields and enjoy hours of tail-wagging fun playing Frisbee and fetch, while enjoying the fresh air.
Cofton Country Holidays, Devon
Just a mile away from the beach and nestled in a peaceful valley, Cofton has 80 acres of woodland areas, meadows and orchards for you and your puppy to explore all day. In the evening, when puppy is tired out and relaxing, you can relax in the indoor or outdoor pools, sauna, steam room or gym.
Norman’s Bay Club Site, Sussex
The East Sussex coast is a favorite among walkers and nature lovers. The site has 200 pitches and is adjacent to the beach, and if your dog loves to swim, he will be kept entertained and hopefully out of trouble. There are plenty of walks to be had on the South Downs Way trail, as well as other dog friendly parks and gardens around to give your dog a lot of stimulation and outdoor fun.
Setthorns Campsite, New Forest
If you want to feel like you've stepped into a fairy tale, Setthorns Campsite is the place to go to. With hidden pathways and woodlands, the campsite is huge and you can take off with your dog in any direction to have an adventure. Your dog will have a ton of space to explore and lots of things to see and smell. There is even a disused railway line nearby, and we guarantee your dog will have fun there.
Dunstan Hill Club Site, Northumberland
A popular destination for dog lovers, the Dunstan Hill site is spacious and your dog will likely find other dogs to befriend and play with. There is a woodland walk nearby that leads to a beach where puppy can play in the sand or enjoy a swim. Just an hour away on foot, is the village of Craster, which makes for a great walk with plenty for your dog to explore en route.
Hollands Wood, Brockenhurst
Set amongst 22 hectares of oak woodland, giant oak trees surround the pitches at the tranquil Hollands Wood. Set up camp here and enjoy the beautiful walks awaiting you on your doorstep. One of Hampshire’s most postcard-perfect places, there’s such a peaceful atmosphere surrounding this site that you’ll be planning your next getaway as soon as you head home!
Bala Club Site, Wales
This is a dog friendly camping site, with a small dog walking area on site, and lakeside paths just a short distance away at Bala Lake. If you'd like to visit a pub, there are plenty of dog friendly ones in the area both of you can go to. Mount Snowdon is also nearby if your dog is used to hiking and climbing with you. If not, Bala Club Site is the perfect place to spend your weekend.
Rivendale, Peak District
Looking to try something different? Why not spend the night in a yurt? The beautiful views of the Peak District national park will surround you, and your puppy can spend his time exploring everything on offer. There is a dog friendly cafe called Stables and they provide fresh water for dogs, making them a must visit destination for your puppy and the homemade treats make it enticing for you.
The Meadows, Cornwall
There's plenty to explore in South Cornwall, and the Meadows campsite makes a great base and starting point. Nearby are beaches and meadows. Also accessible are the Lost Gardens of Heligan and the famous Eden Project. When you and puppy are done exploring and taking in all the sights, sounds and smells, you'll be greeted on your return back to the campsite by the 'head of security', Harvey the King Charles, who is the camp dog. What's not to love here?
Holidaying with your dog should be a great experience. And it will be for you when you choose one of the many dog friendly campsites listed here.