It's important for you and your pal to relax on holiday in Wales, but also to get some fresh air. With this in mind, it's a good job so many of the country's spectacular beaches are dog-friendly. Seemingly endless stretches of countryside and coast make Wales the ideal holiday destination for pooches, so from the Gower Peninsula to Snowdonia National Park, discover everything the country has to offer for you and your dog.
A trip to the beach
Broad Haven South in Pembrokeshire is perfect for dogs. This wide, sandy bay offers masses of soft sand, perfect for your pooches to sink their paws into! Broad Haven is backed by magnificent sand dunes, also great for exploring.
For a lengthy stroll along golden sand, Traeth Mawr (translated to Big Beach in English) in Newport, Pembrokeshire is the one for you. With almost a mile of flat sand to explore and the spectacular Pembrokeshire Coastal Path set above it, the beach is great for dogs with plenty of energy.
Conwy Morfa on the Llyn Peninsula has to be one of the most picturesque beaches in Wales. As a large, sandy bay, it's perfect for a long walk with your pet. In the historic town of Conwy, there are plenty of shops, cafes and restaurants to enjoy.
A visit to the pub
"We welcome kids, dogs and the occasional horse" muses The Black Lion , one of Wales' cosiest pubs. Set in Abergorlech between Llandeilo and Carmarthen, the pub is most welcoming to all dogs and has an excellent menu for humans, too! Try the Welsh lamb shank with red wine and rosemary gravy or the home made steak and Guinness pie. If you fancy a walk before or after your hearty meal and pint, the Brechfa Forest is moments from the pub.
The Kings Head in Llandudno is a beautiful pub with unspoiled old-world décor. While your dog can get comfortable in front of the open fire, you can enjoy sampling the pub's extensive menu. Tuck in to the fillet of local beef with braised ox tail, confit star anise carrot, dauphinoise potato and Wirral watercress, or the award-winning sausages with creamed mash potato and a rich onion gravy. After visiting the pub, explore the rest of this delightful seaside resort.
Treat your dog to a free bowl of delicious chicken when visiting The Bear in Crickhowell! Yes, really. Your pet will love relaxing in this famous pit-stop for travellers. Nestled among the pretty landscape of the Brecon Beacons, we're sure both you and your pet will enjoy it here. The Bear's mouth-watering menu includes Welsh rarebit on toasted ciabatta, lamb cawl, a tasty traditional stew or Black Mountain Smokery oak roast salmon with horseradish, crostini and watercress. There's also a hearty menu full of Welsh pub classics.
A step back in time
With a fascinating history steeped in myth and legend, it'd be a shame not to visit some of Wales' most iconic heritage sites. The best part about these is that your dog can walk with you through history! Beeston Castle , set on a rocky crag, is one of the most popular medieval castles in England. On a clear day you can look all the way out to the Pennines and Welsh mountains. As long as you keep your pooch on a lead, they can wander with you for the afternoon. We're sure they'll love the 40-acre woodland surrounding the castle, too.
Caldicot Castle and Country Park is another beautiful dog-friendly heritage site. Founded by the Normans, developed in royal hands as a stronghold in the Middle Ages and restored as a stunning Victorian family home, the castle has an intriguing history and more importantly, beautiful grounds for your dog to roam.
Hailed as a wonder of Wales, Pembroke Castle is one of our favourite dog-friendly heritage sites. Dogs are welcome to explore the castle grounds as long as they're kept on leads. You may be interested to know that Pembroke Castle was the birthplace of Henry VII, so it's worth exploring the castle's extensive history. On a sunny day, the castle's position on the river estuary makes it a perfect day out.
Where to stay
Top Of Lane Cottage is a truly idyllic cottage nestled in The Begwyns. With 580 acres of view, there's ample space for your dog to roam free. Inside the cottage, snuggle up in front of the roaring open fire and immerse yourself in the cosy atmosphere of this tranquil Welsh cottage. Top of Lane Cottage is perfect for couples and small families holidaying with pets.
The Lake House is a spectacular cottage just a few miles from the bustling market town of Hay on Wye. With space for 11 people and ample room for pets, The Lake House is perfect for large family gatherings or groups looking for a traditional Welsh escape. Inside the cottage, the décor is relaxed and rural, with a spacious kitchen and dining area and huge oak windows overlooking the lake. We're sure your pet will enjoy this grand cottage.
If you're looking for added luxury, Millbrook is perfect for small families, couples and pets. In a prime spot surrounded by the Brecon Beacons National Park, the cottage has a gorgeous hot tub to enjoy the views. With a large but fully enclosed garden, the cottage is ideal for pets, while inside the cottage, cool and cosy features make this the ultimate rural getaway. Your pooch is guaranteed to enjoy roaming the surrounding hill and mountains before taking a nap in front of the cosy wood burner.
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