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Editor's Pick - Top Sites for Dogs

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The best campsites for a holiday with your four-legged friend

Set in six acres of glorious countryside, award-winning Teversal Club Site is surrounded by walking country. 126 pitches are spread across a fantastic site boasting top-notch amenities. Think auto-sensor power showers, individual washrooms, parent and child facilities, a laundry, playground, even a handy shower for dogs! Opposite, the Silverhill Wood Country Park offers direct access to the Teversal Trails - you can walk straight off the site and onto these trails. Further afield, the Derbyshire Dales and Peak District offer more challenges through ever changing scenery. Other must-dos include Chatsworth House, Hardwick Hall and the minster town of Southwell.

This award-winning, open-all-year campsite is set among the hills of north Devon with adjacent woodland – perfect for dog walking. The site has a five-acre overflow field that, when empty, can be used for a good run, and the on-site 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 park 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.

Fen Farm is a rural, family-run campsite, set in 20 acres, protected by well-established trees and hedges. On-site there is a superb large toilet block, plus excellent laundry, dishwashing, disabled facilities and shop. There are 90 static pitches, 40 seasonal touring pitches, 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 dogs walks on site including a wild-flower 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 red squirrel or two around the site.

Ideally situated for exploring the Llyn 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 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 site’s touring pitches, all with electric hook-up, mains drains water and free WiFi. On-site facilities include a shower block, water points, toilets, play area, laundry and shop.

This site 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 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 park. 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 site, offering fresh bread, croissants and Cornish pasties of course!

Fabulous sea views and direct access to a sand and shingle beach where dogs are welcome year round, means Pakefield is great for a canine holiday. From the park there are many coastal and countryside walks so keeping your dog happy is easy. You can even walk a path along the seafront into the resort of Lowestoft, dogs are welcome in many of the nearby pubs and also in the site’s clubhouse. Pakefield's landscaped touring area has just 12 pitches with hook-ups and serviced by a modern toilet block. The touring area is next to the main holiday home site and this offers the convenience of a shop, bar, and heated outdoor pool. Away from Pakefield you can enjoy Oulton Broad and Southwold is within easy reach too.

Heligan is a great option if you have a dog since it is set amid woodland with many walking opportunities. It’s also alongside the famous Lost Gardens of Heligan which have been restored to become one of Cornwall’s major tourist attractions. Lobbs Farm Shop, on the same estate, is a great place to get your barbecue supplies, locally-produced cheeses and speciality ingredients. The site has 29 hardstandings and 25 grass pitches. The shower building is heated; a small shop stocks basics including bread and milk. The site also has laundry facilities.

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 site, so dogs can go for a paddle, and you can walk to historic Whitby Abbey from the site and on into the seaside resort itself. National Trust owned Saltwick Bay and the Cleveland Way Coastal Path are both accessible direct from the park, 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 hook-ups and have good access to park facilities,  including WiFi, a shop, café, a club with family entertainment, playground, amusements and a laundry.

A caravan park surrounded by woodland is the perfect place for a dog holiday – just think of all those trails you can explore. Woodlands Caravan Park is situated in a coastal Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty close to Sheringham. The site is set amid beautiful woodland with walks aplenty, including one into Sheringham Park where dogs on leads are more than welcome to explore the 1000 acres of woodland, parkland and clifftop. Half-an-hour’s drive away is the beach at Holkham, backed with pinewoods and a dog-friendly beach where dogs are allowed off the lead all year round. Woodlands Caravan Park boasts excellent on-site facilities, including pitches with hook-ups, toilets, showers, a play area and lounge bar. Guests also get discounted rates at the on-site pool and leisure centre. Even better, dogs stay for no extra cost.

Winner of the 2018 AA Best Campsite for England & Overall, Old Oaks is a first-class adults only touring park with an extensive list of dog-friendly offerings including a secure 300-metre dog exercise area with poo bag dispenser en route, a warm water dog shower, a dedicated doggie washing machine/dryer for dog bedding, and a range of dog supplies in the shop. In addition to this the park has several ‘dog stops’ where you can securely park your little mate while you go about your business, plus all of its glamping accommodation also welcome dogs. There are lots of dog-friendly places to eat and drink in the area as well as dog-friendly walks. Plenty of footpaths can be accessed directly from the site, including one to Glastonbury Tor. 

This is a family-run park 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 site. 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 site is a heated amenity block, laundry, shop, bar (seasonal), games room, play area and dog exercise paddock. WiFi is available throughout the park. Attractions in the area include some great sandy beaches, the pretty village of Clovelly, zoos and farm parks ... the list is endless!

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