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A guide to a coastal holiday with your dog

June 3, 2020

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When travel bans are lifted, there will be many of us who cannot wait to get away and enjoy a beautiful coastal getaway as a family. A relaxing holiday not too far from home is often the most practical way to enjoy a change of scenery, especially with so many scenic coasts across the country to choose from, where our whole family can make the most of the beaches and warm weather.

For a lot of families, furry companions are a must to bring along when holidaying locally within the UK, so in order to keep your hound happier than ever on your next coastal trip, be sure to consider these tips to keep their tails wagging.

Choose a dog-friendly location

There are many stunning coastal locations across the UK, with the southern coast of Devon being a popular hotspot for many families and dog lovers to enjoy, with a selection of national parks, dog-friendly pubs, and beaches to explore. The South West Coast Path is a great day out with a selection of different walks to choose from, making each visit unique. Here, it is guaranteed that our dogs will get the exercise they need and is an easy way to keep my whole family entertained with spectacular views of the coast and countryside.

A man and a dog walking on a beach

Dog-friendly accommodation

For the ultimate coastal getaway, Sweetcombe Cottage Holidays offer dog-friendly accommodation throughout Devon to suit any size family, along with some gorgeous beach chalets located in Branscombe on the sea edge itself for an authentic beach retreat. Here, you can bring along up to two furry friends to enjoy your sea-view stay.

Stay prepared while exploring

Ensure that you pack a few essentials that your pooch will need throughout the day if you are planning a long walk or a full day out in the sun. Items such as poo bags, water, a collapsible bowl, and treats will be needed to keep your dog happy and hydrated as they play and enjoy their adventures.

A dog sitting on a beach

Plan ahead

No matter how long you are going for, planning my family’s daily adventures will save me a lot of hassle that may occur if plans are left until the last minute. By planning your trip ahead of time, arrangements can be made for those places where dogs may not be allowed, such as restaurants, to ensure that they are not left too long on their own. If you have children and a dog, choose to explore areas that will entertain the kids as well as stretch everyone’s legs, like local parks, gardens, and sandy beaches for a picnic. If you get to your destination with an outline of where you are planning to visit each day, it will be one less thing to think about each day and give you more time to relax.

  • Georgina @ Culinary Travels June 3, 2020 at 5:50 pm

    I cannot wait for travel bans to be lifted for a holiday abroad. But, when I holiday in the UK I always take my dogs, this post will be really helpful

  • Samantha Donnelly June 4, 2020 at 11:04 am

    This is such a great idea, I have noticed that dogs are becomming welcome in more places now, which is great if you find it hard to have someone else look after them or want them with you

  • Liam | Whatthedadsaid June 4, 2020 at 11:13 am

    Some excellent tips and advice, little doggies loves there holidays aswell, and you have to plan for them also.

  • Kara Guppy June 4, 2020 at 11:27 am

    You have to be careful when visiting beaches with dogs and do your research – our beaches have a dog ban between May – September

  • Kristine Nicole Alessandra June 4, 2020 at 1:21 pm

    In my country, it is difficult to find dog-friendly hotels or accommodations. However, I know if I do more research, I can find one. My dog has never been to a beach. I am just thinking about how he would react if we took him there. Thanks for your guide. It is really helpful. Bookmarking this for future reference.

  • Rhian Westbury June 4, 2020 at 4:26 pm

    I think so many of us will purely be doing UK holidays for a while, but it’s nice as there’s the option to take your dog away with you. I think it’s all about the preparation x

  • MELANIE EDJOURIAN June 4, 2020 at 4:40 pm

    Planning ahead is key to making sure any holiday runs smoothly. Great for those with dogs. I’m sure many will find this useful.

  • Rachel Craig June 25, 2020 at 6:38 pm

    Dogs. I do love dogs. Dog Friendly and Friendly Dogs. Responsible Dog Owners.
    With Coronavirus (covid 19) Pandemic :- Locally dogs and dog owners have been so, so good. Dogs on leads. Dogs under the control of Responsible Dog Owner. Only one seen in a garden and no owner present, the garden secure with gates and fencing, the dog friendly, keen to say hello in it’s doggy way :- Come towards us wagging it’s tail. We have seen the dog before, with it’s doggy friend. This dog tends to be shyer, just viewing us at a distance.

    Evidence is owners seem to be protective / caring in respect to their dog/s and people. Well Done! And Thanks! I do love well behaved dogs. Thanks for the information, as dogs within the family.

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