North Yorkshire is a great place to spend time with family – both the 2-legged and the furry 4-legged kind. With rolling hills, gorgeous beaches, friendly local establishments and a staggering amount of trails, there is always something to do that the whole family can enjoy.
Cote Ghyll is home to North Yorkshire’s finest family-friendly caravan park within the incredibly dog-friendly region that is North Yorkshire. The beautiful thing about North Yorkshire though, is that these places don’t jump out at you or shout their appeal from the rooftops. They are nestled just slightly off the beaten path (except for the trails, I suppose), waiting to be discovered.
We’ve put together a list of great spots and activities in North Yorkshire that humans and dogs can all enjoy.
There is nothing like the English coast, and there sure is a lot of it. However, not all beaches are open to the public and out of those, not all of them are dog-friendly.
Popular close-by beaches like Runswick Bay, Robin Hood’s Bay and Skinningrove allow access to dogs and to people all year round. Beaches in Saltburn and Whitby allow dogs in certain areas so please keep an eye out for signs before letting your dog off the lead. Most nearby beaches allow dogs during the winter but it is mostly during the busy summer hours when restrictions apply. The beaches offer a perfect opportunity for your dog to let off some steam before relaxing in one of the finest dog-friendly holiday caravans in North Yorkshire for the night.
Moving inland, Whitby Abbey and Rievaulx Abbey are great spots to take in some history with your dog, as you are both allowed to stroll through the grounds at your leisure.For some natural history, Dalby Forest and the unique rock formations at Bridestones are lovely spots to explore.
The local town of Helmsley is well-known for its dog-friendly establishments. Most shops and restaurants have even installed doggy-doors within their entrances, which is adorable in its own right but most importantly, a great sign as to how welcome dogs are. Helmsley Walled Garden welcomes dogs as long as they’re kept on their lead and they’re usually welcomed with a treat on arrival. Roseberry Topping offers some wonderful trails for families and dogs as well. The view from up there is incredible and well worth the trek.
There are a number of pet-friendly pubs and cafes scattered across North Yorkshire. After a walk on the beach in Robin Hood’s Bay, enjoy a home-cooked meal at the Bay Hotel by the Dock or take in a meal at the White Horse and Griffin in Whitby. Both welcome dogs and both are excellent places to eat.
The White Swan in Pickering makes dogs more than welcome by providing water bowls for thirsty pups so they can enjoy a drink while you do as well. After visiting the dog-friendly Ryedale Folk Museum in the North York moors National Park, you and your pooch can take a rest at the Crown Inn at Hutton-le-Hole.There are so many local establishments close to Cote Ghyll that welcome dogs so don’t think you have to limit yourself to these choices. Call ahead to any local pub to learn their policies on dogs.
All this walking is sure to build up an appetite. Wags and Whiskers Pet Boutique in Saltburn has a wide range of luxury dog treats and specialty suppers. Paws of Robin hood’s Bay provides lots of British-made dog treats that include Pawsecco and doggy-beer (non-alcoholic, of course) for the more distinguished canine.
There is also an ice cream shop that caters to dogs in Staithes. Betsy & Bo sells four flavours of frozen yogurt for dogs, which is also lactose-free. They also sell ice cream and fudge for lucky owners.
As mentioned above, there are loads of places in North Yorkshire that cater to dogs and humans alike. We’ve listed a handful here but feel free to look around and if any place catches your eye, make sure to reach out and ask about their policies on dogs.