Dog-Friendly Staycations in Northumberland

Thursday 21st May, 2020 by Host & Stay

Northumberland is your four legged friends idea of paradise. They can explore miles of coastline, paddle in the sea, discover woodlands, venture to Hadrian’s Wall and curl up at the end of the day in one of the many dog friendly pubs with the whole family.

Rest assured your lovable pup will always receive a warm Northumbrian welcome. With so many new adventures for them to enjoy, they’ll love a staycation in Northumberland! Let’s take a look at why the region is just so pawfect…

The Beautiful Northumberland Coastline

With over 30 miles of beaches, the Northumberland Coast is astounding. The majority of the coastline is dog-friendly so pups can stretch their legs across sandy shores and take a dip in the crisp North Sea.

Our favourite spots include Bamburgh Castle Beach which is ideal for long, wind-swept walks at all times of the year. What really makes this beach special is the incredible castle which dominates the skyline. Perfect for the whole family, you can build sandcastles or go surfing. Take a walk in a northerly direction and you’ll arrive at Stags Rocks, where you can enjoy rock pooling and see the most northerly lighthouse of its kind in mainland England.

Next up is Druridge Bay which is a brilliant seven mile stretch of beach. Running from Amble in the north to Cresswell in the south, you can explore a bustling harbour, shops and cafes along the way. An ideal place for dog walks, there are sand dunes, pools, a 100-acre lake and nature in abundance. Families will also love the hive of activities on offer including surfing, windsurfing, canoeing and sailing courses.

Miles of Northumberland Countryside and Moorland

Dogs love the fresh, country air in Northumberland and sniffing out new adventures. The area is a huge playground so your stay wouldn’t be complete without long walks in the forest and countryside. There are so many amazing walks to take but let’s get started with a selection of our favourites.

Northumberland National Park is a dog’s wonderland. With 1050 square kilometres of wild moorland, dramatic views, rugged forest and home to England’s cleanest rivers, your pup won’t want to go home! There are a wide range of walking trails from gentle through to challenging. If you want to take it slow, the Simonside family walk is pleasant or if you’d prefer to crank up the energy, you could try the Steel Rigg walk along Hadrian’s Wall.

Home to the largest forest in England and the UK’s biggest man-made lake, head to Kielder Water and Forest Park for hours of fun. With miles of purpose-built trails, you can select a walk that is suitable for both you and your dog’s ability. The whole family will enjoy a day here! Adventurers can choose from a range of water and land-based activities, and discoverers can enjoy fishing and the astonishing Sky Den.

Dog-Friendly Northumberland Attractions

It’ll be easy to cater for everyone during your staycation in Northumberland. Many of the popular attractions are dog-friendly so you can explore castles, museums, country houses and gardens with your whole group.

One of our favourite spots is Lindisfarne Priory. Located on Northumberland’s Holy Island, this is a truly majestic place for the whole family. Dogs are welcome in both the priory and the ground so you can follow the footsteps of the ancient monks who built the priory nearly 1,400 years ago. There is also a fascinating museum about Vikings and the cult of St Cuthbert. The island is completely cut off twice a day by the sea so remember to check the safe crossing times before journeying over!

Another popular attraction is Dunstanburgh Castle. Dating back to the 14th century, this English Heritage site stands on remote headland reached by a lovely coastal walk from Craster. Climb the Lilburn Tower and you’ll see beautiful views across the north towards Bamburgh Castle and impressive sea views. Dogs will need to be kept on the lead during their visit to Dunstanburgh Castle but it’s certainly worth it for discovering the rich history.

Northumberland is also packed with dog-friendly cafes and pubs. Our favourites include The Boat Inn at Kielder Water and Forest Park for traditional, comfort food, The Joiners Arms in Alnwick for delicious seafood and Otterburn’s William de Percy Inn for a great Sunday lunch.
Next up is finding the perfect dog-friendly place to stay and that’s where Stay Northumberland comes in!

Stay at Bluebell Cottage which is perfect for couples or solo travellers with their four legged friends. Northumberland National Park is on the doorstep and there is even access to a hot tub for true relaxation.

If you’re staying in a larger group, Low Rigg Stocksfield is a stunning, detached country home with plenty of charm. The striking house has a large garden which leads off into private woods, ideal for doggies to explore.


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