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Editor's Pick - The best campsites for dogs

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These dog-friendly campsites and touring parks across the UK are the ideal choice when you want to take your dog away on holiday with you.

When a dog is just as much a member of the family as everyone else, you don't want to have to leave your pet at home when you go on holiday.

Why we love dog-friendly campsites:

  • Dog exercise areas on site or nearby
  • Sites are often located near beaches or the countryside
  • Handy dog showers available on some campsites
  • Most importantly, your pet is just as welcome as you are
 

Wiltshire
Green Hill Farm Holiday Village

Green Hill

(Photo courtesy of Lovat Parks)

Green Hill Farm is set in the New Forest National Park, a wonderful location to explore nature with your furry friends. Enjoy dog showers, canine treats and pet friendly accommodation at the campsite, which offers a range of accommodation from brand-new holiday homes to safari tents and camping pods.

You can also pitch up on spacious, well equipped touring pitches for tents and motorhomes. We’d recommend Lyndhurst Heath’s three-and-a-half-mile circular walk before calling in at the nearby Rockingham Arms.

Green Hill Farm Holiday Village  

Cornwall
Parbola Holiday Park

Parbola

(Photo courtesy of Lovat Parks)

Parbola Holiday Park is surrounded by acres of greenery and mature grounds, the perfect spot for dogs to stretch their legs and venture through the woodlands. With dog showers, snack bars and exercise areas, this pet-friendly holiday park has everything to keep your canine companions happy.

The campsite offers a range of accommodation from brand-new caravans to spacious, well equipped touring pitches for tents and motorhomes.

Parbola Holiday Park  

Norfolk
Waxham Sands Holiday Park

Waxham Sands

(Photo courtesy of Lovat Parks)

Waxham Sands Holiday Park, in Norfolk, is wonderfully situated for a back-to-nature camping and touring escape with all the family – including four-legged ones. The dog-friendly campsite features a doggy snack bar and a dog shower to clean off after a long day exploring Norfolk’s dog-friendly beaches. Wander the walking trails and waterways of the Norfolk Broads, just four minutes away from the campsite – nature on your doorstep.

Waxham Sands  

Cornwall
Sun Haven Holiday Park

Sun Haven

(Photo courtesy of Lovat Parks)

There’s no place like Sun Haven Holiday Park, Cornwall, for reconnecting with the outdoors. This dog-friendly campsite is situated just a 15-minute stroll through woodland to the golden sands of award-winning, dog-friendly Mawgan Porth Beach. The campsite offers a range of accommodation from brand-new holiday homes and lodges to spacious, well-equipped touring pitches for tents and motorhomes. Sun Haven features a doggy snack bar, a stick library and a dog shower to clean off after a long day exploring Cornwall’s rugged coastline.

Sun Haven Holiday Park  

 


Cornwall
Padstow Holiday Village

Padstow

(Photo courtesy of Lovat Parks)

Padstow Holiday Village, Cornwall, is perfect for a doggy-staycation. Located just a 15-minute stroll through fields to the charming harbour town of Padstow and all of its culinary delights. The campsite offers a range of accommodation from brand-new, pet-friendly holiday homes and lodges to spacious, well-equipped touring pitches for tents and motorhomes.

Furry friends can stretch their legs on the dog agility course and then cool off in the dog shower. There is also a stick library and canine camper stations for dog treats galore. Toys and eco-friendly doggy poop bags are also provided, so be sure to stock up before a day of adventures.

Padstow Holiday Village  

 


South Yorkshire
Waleswood Caravan & Camping Park

Waleswood

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Waleswood Caravan and Camping Park, located within Rother Valley Country Park, South Yorkshire, is an ideal place for visiting the Derbyshire Peak District, Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire. An excellent campsite for walking and outdoor activities.

The licensed coffee shop is dog friendly, selling special dog treats from the award-winning Ruby and Sophia’s Dog Bakery, which can be visited at the campsite during your stay. Open all year round, all pitches include electric hook-up, with super pitches including water points and grey water drainage point.

Waleswood Caravan & Camping Park  

 


Devon
Ross Park

Ross Park

(Photo courtesy of Ross Park)

With a dedicated leisure field and even a dog shower, your four-legged friend will love a stay at Ross Park!  All the delights of south Devon can be found on the doorstep, from the tors, woodland and meandering rivers of Dartmoor, to the miles of South West Coast Path with stunning views around each corner. You and your companion will not be short of places to visit and explore together. The campsite's on-site bar and eatery is open daily and welcomes dogs in the tropical conservatory, the perfect place to sit and relax at the end of the day.

Ross Park  

 


Various locations
Away Resorts

Away Resorts

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Explore the best of what Great Britain has to offer, and don’t leave your pooch behind!

Away Resorts knows dogs are part of the family, and a holiday without them just wouldn’t be the same. That’s why touring and camping areas, plus all grades of Away Resorts' accommodation (including Exclusive) at all locations are dog-friendly! With dog-friendly beaches, walks and attractions on your doorstep, there’s no better time to treat your pooch to the holiday they deserve!

Away Resorts  

 


Dumfries & Galloway
Auchenlarie Holiday Park

Auchenlarie

(Photo courtesy of Auchenlarie Holiday Park)

For a Scottish adventure, head to Auchenlarie Holiday Park on the Dumfries and Galloway coast in southern Scotland. The campsite has direct access to a small sheltered beach and a slipway for launching watercraft. Within 30 minutes’ drive are three visitor centres in the Galloway Forest Park, where you and your four-legged friend can walk many trails while enjoying loch and mountain views.

Touring pitches at Auchenlarie are spread over three fields, on grass or hardstanding. All pitches have electric, water and TV hook-up. There’s plenty on the campsite for all needs – toilets, showers, a launderette, a shop, dog walk and a play area. The leisure complex houses an indoor pool, sauna, soft play area, gym, arcade, a restaurant with terrace and takeaway, plus a sports bar where dogs are welcome.

Auchenlarie Holiday Park  

 


Scotland - Highlands
Glen Nevis Caravan & Camping Park

Glen Nevis

(Photo courtesy of Glen Nevis Caravan & Camping Park)

Set on a Highland estate extending over 1,000 acres, Glen Nevis is ideally placed for walkers and cyclists to explore the countryside, and for dog walking there are innumerable pathways from which to choose. You can explore the woodland at the back of the site using the West Highland Way or take a two-mile riverside walk into Fort William. For the more seasoned walker, the path up Ben Nevis is less than a mile away.

The campsite has grass and hardstanding pitches with electric hook-up, plus some fully serviced pitches. Facilities include toilets and showers, a laundry room, a shop, a restaurant and bar, plus several dog exercise areas.

Glen Nevis Caravan & Camping Park  

Cornwall
St Ives Bay Beach Resort

St Ives

(Photo courtesy of Claire Tupholme)

The setting of St Ives Bay Beach Resort is right next to three miles of sandy beach between Hayle and Gwithian in west Cornwall. The campsite is newly dog-friendly, with dogs welcome on the beach anytime from January to June and September to December, and before 10am and after 5pm during July and August.

When you can tear yourself away from the gorgeous beach, on the campsite there is crazy golf, a tennis court, an indoor and outdoor pool, a play area, two bars, a restaurant, plus activities and entertainment. The touring area has grass pitches with electric and fully serviced pitches come with water point and grey water drainage. There are toilets and showers, a launderette, dishwashing area and a shop.

St Ives Bay Beach Resort  

 


Cornwall
Meadow Lakes Holiday Park

Meadow Lakes

(Photo courtesy of Meadow Lakes)

The holiday philosophy at Meadow Lakes is that time away should be about being together, a more relaxed pace and enjoying the outdoors. The campsite also believes that every member of the family should be able to go away on holiday, and that includes pets, too!

Set in the Cornish countryside, with the coast and many top attractions nearby, Meadow Lakes welcomes up to two dogs per pitch and has a large dog exercise field, with countryside views to boot! To keep the human members of the family happy, there are four fishing lakes on the campsite, a heated outdoor swimming pool, a paddling pool, a café, play areas, tennis courts, and even a pets’ corner with Shetland ponies, chickens, donkeys and guinea pigs.

Meadow Lakes Holiday Park  

Norfolk
Kelling Heath Holiday Park

Kelling Heath

(Photo courtesy of Kelling Heath)

Norfolk has a vast choice of beaches and, for those with dogs, our favourite is located at Holkham, near Wells-next-the-Sea. The sandy beach here stretches for four miles, and pets are welcome all year round. The pine woods that back onto the beach and the neighbouring nature reserve offer added interest to a trip to the beach. There are also plenty of parking spaces at the beach, too.

Half-an-hour’s drive from Holkham is Kelling Heath Holiday Park. Here you can relax among 250 acres of open heathland with a backdrop of mature pine and native woodland. There are many walks and trails throughout this landscape that dog walkers can enjoy. There are also plenty of facilities available on the campsite including a health and fitness club with indoor swimming pool, a choice of eating establishments, a takeaway and shop.

Kelling Heath Holiday Park  

 


Sussex
Warner Farm Touring Park

Warner Farm Touring Park

(Photo courtesy of Warner Farm Touring Park)

11 acres of grassy grounds, Warner Farm is a family friendly touring park located in Selsey next to Medmerry RSPB Nature reserve. The five star park sits on Seal Bay Resort giving you access to all the park facilities; amusement arcade, restaurants, takeaways, swimming pools, beach, gym, award winning entertainment and a host of activities for all the family. Not forgetting the pooch, there are dog wash stations and an agility course!

There are a range of pitches to choose from, whether camping or bringing the motorhome/caravan. Showers, toilets (including family washrooms and baby changing), charging points and a laundry room are all provided on the campsite.

Warner Farm Touring Park  

 


Essex
Fen Farm Camping & Caravan Site

Fen Farm

(Photo courtesy of Fen Farm)

Fen Farm is a rural, family-run campsite, set in 20 acres, protected by well-established trees and hedges. On the campsite there is a superb large toilet block, plus excellent launderette, dishwashing, accessible facilities and shop.

There are 90 static pitches, 40 seasonal touring pitches and 60 camping/touring pitches, with or without electric hook-up. Fen Farm has held a David Bellamy Gold Award for Conservation since 1999 and also Platinum Loo of the Year Award for the last six years.

As well as dog walks on the campsite, including a wildflower and conservation area, a short walk will take you to a long stretch of unspoiled dog-friendly beach. If you are lucky you may even see a red squirrel or two around the site.

Fen Farm Camping & Caravan Site  

 


Devon
Hidden Valley Touring Park

Hidden Valley

(Photo courtesy of Hidden Valley Touring Park)

This award-winning, open-all-year campsite is set among the hills of north Devon with adjacent woodland - perfect for dog walking. The campsite has a five-acre overflow field that, when empty, can be used for a good run, and the campsite shop stocks tennis balls in case your dog forgets to pack theirs.

Hidden Valley has a lakeside restaurant and coffee shop where dogs are welcome, and a handy patio and lawn seating area for enjoying good weather. The River Cain runs through the campsite so dogs can take a cooling dip in warm weather and most of the local beaches have sections that are dog friendly.

Pitches at Hidden Valley have electric hook-up, water tap and TV connection. The large and premier pitches also have fresh and grey water connections. The facilities are first rate.

Hidden Valley Touring Park  

 


Wales - Gwynedd
Garreg Goch Caravan Park

Garreg Goch caravan park

(Photo courtesy of Garreg Goch Caravan Park)

Ideally situated for exploring the LlŇ∑n Peninsula and Snowdonia, Garreg Goch Caravan Park near Porthmadog is just a 10-minute walk from Black Rock Sands. This superb sandy beach welcomes dogs all year round. There's also plenty of coast and country walking and plenty of dog-friendly attractions. These include the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railway, Criccieth Castle and many of the shops in Betws-y-Coed.

Pets stay free on the campsite's touring pitches, all with electric hook-up, water, grey waste drain and free WiFi. On the campsite, facilities include a shower block, water points, toilets, play area, launderette and shop.

Garreg Goch Caravan Park  

 


Cornwall
Atlantic Coast Holiday Park

Atlantic Coast

(Photo courtesy of Atlantic Coast Holiday Park)

This campsite offers direct access to sandy dunes and the delights of Gwithian Beach, which is a long stretch of sand bordered by dunes and cliffs. Dogs are allowed at Gwithian between October and Easter and other beaches in the area welcome dogs all year round, so there's plenty of walking delights for your canine companion. Upton Towans, near Hayle, is one such beach, as is Mexico Towans. Both of these beaches form part of a glorious four miles of sand (some parts of this stretch do have dog restrictions). There are also plenty of countryside walks to enjoy direct from the campsite.

Pitches at Atlantic Coast are situated in a sheltered area and are fully serviced with hook-ups. There's a toilet and shower block, and shop on the campsite, offering fresh bread, croissants and Cornish pasties of course!

Atlantic Coast Holiday Park  

 


North Yorkshire
Whitby Holiday Park

Whitby Holiday Park

(Photo courtesy of Whitby Holiday Park)

Perched on a clifftop, with magnificent views of the coast, Whitby Holiday Park is set amidst peaceful footpaths, golden beaches and beautiful countryside. There's access to the beach from the campsite, so dogs can go for a paddle, and you can walk to historic Whitby Abbey from the campsite and on into the seaside resort itself. National Trust-owned Saltwick Bay and the Cleveland Way coastal path are both accessible direct from the campsite, making it the perfect retreat for walkers, nature lovers… and pets!

The clifftop touring area has grass pitches - there's also several hardstanding pitches for larger motorhomes. All pitches are supplied with electric and have access to park facilities, including WiFi, a shop, café, a club with family entertainment, playground, amusements and a launderette.

Whitby Holiday Park  

 


Devon
Smytham Holiday Park

Smytham Holiday Park

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This is a family-run campsite set in 33 acres of parkland and surrounded by fields. Because of the parkland location, it is perfect for walking and the Tarka Trail can be accessed directly from the campsite.

The camping and touring pitches are set in the grounds of the old manor house. There are a variety of pitches available, with hook-ups, some are fully serviced and some en suite with their own facilities in a cedar cabin. Tents can be pitched in the Old Walled Garden which provides shelter and easy access to the outdoor pool. Three camping pods and three timber lodges are also available to hire.

On the campsite are new heated amenities, a launderette, shop, bar (seasonal), games room, play area and dog exercise paddock. WiFi is available throughout the campsite. Attractions in the area include some great sandy beaches, the pretty village of Clovelly, zoos and farm parks... the list is endless!

Smytham Holiday Park  

 


Devon
Hereford Camping and Caravanning Club Site

Hereford Camping and Caravanning Club Site

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An award-winning, well-maintained touring campsite, set in 24 acres, with its very own fishing lake. The rural location is peaceful and idyllic, but there is plenty to explore across the surrounding areas. Walkers and cyclists will enjoy the Forest of Dean and Black Mountains and nearby Eastnor Castle is surrounded by a deer park, arboretum and lake.

With stunning views, wildlife and excellent facilities, there’s no need to travel far to stock up on food and cupboard essentials, just pop into the on-site licensed shop.

For dogs there is a tailored walking route, which covers the majority of the campsite, so you can explore together and uncover the full beauty of the area.

Hereford Campsite  

 


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