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Perfect campsites for dogs

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Whether it's a choice of lovely places to walk and explore, the fact that dogs go free, or there's a handy dog shower on site, all these campsites are a top choice for a dog-friendly holiday.

Long Meadow Campsite, Hampshire
The New Forest is a wonderful place to choose to go on holiday with your dog. With numerous tracks and trails to explore there’s no chance of boredom and plenty of opportunity to wear them out. There is much fun to be had here across the beautiful heathland, dense woodland and expansive coastlines that make up the New Forest National Park. As well as being welcome on site, there are also plenty of dog-friendly pubs and attractions within the National Park including the grounds of Beaulieu National Motor Museum and Exbury Gardens so you don’t have to worry about being restricted to where you can go.

Daisy Bank Touring Caravan Park, Powys
An adult only site set in seven acres of countryside between Bishops Castle and Welshpool. Their resident dog Archie has his own scenic trail along the lower boundary of the park – dogs can be let off the lead here as it’s fully fenced and it’s also very pretty for owners to enjoy. In the information hut opposite reception you’ll find a leaflet detailing all of ‘Archie’s Trails’ – a guide to walks around the local area and the Shropshire Hills. Daisy Bank is set in a very scenic area so once you’ve worn yourself out with all the doggy walk you can relax on site and enjoy the views!

Castlerigg Hall Caravan & Camping Park, Cumbria
Castlerigg Hall occupies a fantastic position overlooking Derwentwater, with excellent walks from the site, and a direct path into Keswick (1½ miles away). There is also a dedicated dog-walking area on site too. Another walking route leads to Castlerigg Stone Circle, a prehistoric monument of stones under the protection of English Heritage. Access is free dogs on leads are welcome on the site.

Herding Hill Farm, Northumberland
Herding Hill Farm is just 15 minutes’ walk from Hadrian’s wall and three miles from Vindolanda – a Roman fort and settlement. Hadrian’s Wall is an impressive structure with many remains of forts and temples still being visible. Dogs will love the expansive countryside around the wall and will surely be tired and content after a day’s walking. The site is surrounded by open space and rolling hills form the backdrop to the site. At night you can enjoy big skies and fabulous stargazing. Due to the rural location the site is peaceful and tranquil with plenty of wildlife to be seen.

Meadow Lakes Holiday Park, Cornwall
Dogs are very welcome at Meadow Lakes, an award-winning site with beautiful lakes and woodlands to explore. Pets are welcome to be walked on a lead anywhere on the park except for in the farm animal area and there’s a large dog exercise field where dogs can be let off the lead. The coast and many top attractions are only a short distance away. The site's lakes are surrounded by wildlife and flowers and make so a great place to take an evening walk.

Glenmore Campsite, Scotland
Set within the Cairngorms National Park, the Camping in the Forest Glenmore Campsite is perfect for lovers of the great outdoors. The surrounding area is a combination of landscapes and mountain views surrounded by the woodland of Glenmore Forest Park. From the site is direct access to the beaches and shores of Loch Morlich – ideal for canines to run about and go for a doggy paddle. The area is also full of wildlife and the National Park has over 280 kilometres of footpaths and trails so there is plenty of exploration to be had.

Crow’s Nest Caravan Park, Yorkshire
For a great choice of dog-friendly beaches head to the Yorkshire coast where you’ll find Cayton Bay, which welcomes dogs on its sands all year round. Just two miles away from the bay is Crow’s Nest Caravan Park, which is particularly dog-friendly because there is an enclosed area where pets can be safely exercised off the lead, with dog bins provided. There’s also no extra charge for taking your pet on holiday with you. An added bonus of this site is the conservatory area that is attached to lounge bar – dogs are welcome in the conservatory so owners can still enjoy a drink and the live entertainment.

Rutland Caravan and Camping, Rutland
Rutland Caravan and Camping is a Caravan and Motorhome Club Affiliated Site in a rural location with both adults only and family friendly pitching areas. The site provides a dog shower and a woodland walk that pets will enjoy. Rutland may be England’s smallest county but there’s plenty for you and your pet to explore here. Rutland Water is not far away which offers walking, water sports and wildlife galore situated around a reservoir with the pretty Normanton church at its centre. Also nearby are the stately homes of Burghley House and Belvoir Castle. Dogs on leads are welcome in the parkland of Burghley and in the gardens and grounds of Belvoir.

Whitehill Country Park, Devon
Dogs love nothing more than running free through the countryside, exploring and seeking out new smells so they’ll be happy with the 40 acres of countryside at Whitehill Country Park and the many dog-friendly beaches close by. At Whitehill there’s also a large dog exercise area, plentiful woodland walks, doggy accessories in the shop, and Whitehill’s website has a downloadable dog information guide. Dogs are also welcome in the site’s Hayloft Bar, on the terrace and in the café’s outside seating area. And don’t worry if your pet gets muddy after all the adventures because there’s also a dog shower to hose them down.

Appuldurcombe Gardens Holiday Park, Isle of Wight
For a great holiday adventure why not take your pet across the Solent to the Isle of Wight? Dogs travel free on all the ferry routes and the majority of beaches on the island are dog-friendly all year round, with just restrictions in high season on the main resort beaches. The trains and buses on the island are happy to accept well-behaved pets too! There’s more the 500 miles of footpaths winding their way across the island – woodland trails, clifftop hikes and scenic walks over the Downs. Along these routes you’ll also stumble across many pubs and cafés that are more than happy to accept dogs while you rest and refresh.

Minnows Touring Park, Devon
Minnows Touring Park is set alongside the towpath of Grand Western Canal. The towpath is part of the Sustrans National Cycle Network and the Grand Western Canal Country Park and Nature Reserve. The towpath runs beside the canal for over 11 miles with various access points and a variety of circular walks are also available incorporating the towpath and local footpath networks – it’s the stuff dog-walking dreams are made of.

Norman's Bay Camping & Caravanning Club Site, East Sussex
With a dog-friendly sand and shingle beach adjacent to the site, the Camping and Caravanning Club’s Normans Bay is perfect for doggy holidays. There’s plenty of beach for playing, running and swimming, and there’s no shortage of other walks either. A longer walk will take you to Pevensey Castle, one of Britain’s oldest fortresses or you can join the 1066 Way which leads you on a tour of Battle and Hastings. There are a couple of dog-friendly pubs serving food within walking distance too.

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