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UK's Top 10 Dog-Friendly National Parks

22 July 2015

UK - It is now easier to find the perfect holiday destination in the UK's National Parks for you and your dog.

A short break with your four-legged friend to a national park is great opportunity to experience the UK’s natural beauty.

There is also a wealth of pet-friendly rental accommodation of all sizes nearby.

Using its 'Pets Allowed' filter, has ranked the UK’s top ten National Parks in terms of the number of dog-friendly holiday rentals in the vicinity. 

1. Lake District (over 900 dog-friendly rentals) 

The poet and dog-owner William Wordsworth was born in the Lake District in Cumbria and was in love with its rugged charm. All 885 square miles of the expansive Lake District are aching to be explored. With some of the most beautiful views in the country, the Lake District offers a unique combination of breathtaking lakes alongside rocky mountains.

Highlights include seeing England’s highest mountain Scafell Pike and tasting the local produce (to name a few, Cumberland sausages, Kendal Mint Cakes and the delicious Grasmere gingerbread.)

2. North York Moors (over 600 dog-friendly holiday rentals)

With its fair share of dog-friendly holiday rentals, the North York Moors is steeped in history with remains from Iron and Bronze Age settlements. The ancient Yorkshire woodlands are a perfect place for a peaceful amble with the dog.

3. Snowdonia (over 500 dog-friendly holiday rentals)

Wales’ highest mountain Snowdon offers varied mountainous terrains to cater for novice and
serious walkers alike. But Snowdonia is much more than a mountain. Another highlight is experiencing the floral aromas of the paw-friendly National Trust-owned Bodnant Garden.

4. Pembrokeshire Coast (over 450 dog-friendly holiday rentals)

Pembrokeshire has over 50 beaches which all welcome dogs. Walking along the Pembrokeshire coast path from Amroth to St Dogmaels provides hours of exploration including limestone cliffs, off shore islands and quaint fishing villages.

5. Peak District (over 350 dog-friendly holiday rentals) 

The Peak District National park is perfect dog-walking country with its sprawling moorland, limestone dales and gurgling rivers.

6. Yorkshire Dales (over 300 dog-friendly holiday rentals)

The Dales offer some amazing spots to let you four-legged friends run free in the green pastures and it's likely you'll encounter a typical Yorkshireman (with flat cap and a whippet!). The Dales are also rife with wild swimming locations including rivers, lakes and waterfalls.

7. Exmoor (over 200 dog-friendly holiday rentals)

Exmoor, with its diverse flora and fauna, was the first National Park in England to be awarded the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism. The Heddon’s Mouth coastal walk in the National Park is a favourite among dog walkers (and was also once walked along by the Romantic poets Wordsworth Coleridge and Shelley).

8. Broads (over 200 dog-friendly holiday rentals) 

As Britain’s largest wetland, the Norfolk Broads boasts a beautiful network of waterways and windmills. It’s a great place to explore on boat (and luckily it’s possible to rent dog-friendly

9. Dartmoor (over 200 dog-friendly holiday rentals) 

Dartmoor, in the South of England, is iconic for its ‘tors’, which are rock formations formed millions of years ago. The park’s moorland is a haven for dogs and dog-owners alike to

10. Northumberland (over 150 dog-friendly holiday rentals)

Northumberland National Park is home to Hadrian’s wall. Walking along the wall with your dog, you will encounter an abundance of roman settlements, forts, small market towns. Of course, you’ll need to relax with a pint in the numerous cosy pubs along the way.

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