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Take the Lead- A Guide to Great Dog Walks

Thursday, January 30th, 2014
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I’m sure all you dog lovers out there are fully aware of how spookily smart your canine companions can be at times, but did you know that they can also read and write? Well, they can! Recently, one such clever pooch contacted us to ask if we’d be interested in featuring a collection of his favourite walks on the Sykes website, and, curious to hear what this fuzzy mastermind had come up with, we accepted his offer.

‘Take the Lead- A Guide to Great Dog Walks’, is a superb dog walking guide aimed directly at the fourlegged explorer in your family. Featuring a hound’s eye view of some of the best dog walks in England, this informative, engaging and suspiciously witty guide is perfect for when you want to discover never-before-seen surroundings and go off the beaten track with your beloved pooch. Here at Sykes Cottages, we’re delighted to put our name to the work of this well-travelled canine, and hope that you and your dog enjoy this lovable mutt’s musings as much as we did. For a sneaky peek at some of our favourite meaty morsels from this charming guide to England’s best dog walks, read on!

Let loose in the Lakes

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The Lake District has been one of Britain’s favourite walking destinations for centuries, so it’s hardly surprising that this striking national park has been given the wag of approval by our fourlegged friend too. Delight in the cheekiness of our canine chaperone as you traverse the beautiful Coniston Fells; pay your respects to William Wordsworth and his family in St Oswald’s Church; enjoy a game of fetch amongst the daffodils of Dora’s Garden; and treat your pooch to a few tasty titbits from Grasmere’s Gingerbread Shop after you’ve returned from your ramble around the inspiring Rydal Water.

Enjoy a nosey around Norfolk

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From romps along the Norfolk Coast Path to revealing strolls around the historic streets of Cromer, our dewy-nosed explorer has sniffed out some truly wonderful dog walks in Norfolk. Take a 2.5 mile leg stretch around Cromer Town, past its medieval church, Victorian hospital and picturesque Happy Valley. Or, opt for a brisk walk along the Norfolk Coast Path between Weybourne and Sheringham, where you and your pooch can discover all manner of intriguing flora, bark playfully at seabirds and explore weather beaten WW2 defences that have been left to waste away beside the sea.

Go wild in the South West

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  Click here to visit our guide of great Dog Walks in the UK

With a beach that dogs are actually ALLOWED on and a town bursting with local history, our four legged adventurer really has spoilt his fellow pooches with his choice of great dog walks in South West England. As a dog friendly beach, Porthkidney Sands is the perfect place for you and your pal to paddle in the surf, hike up wildflower pecked cliffs and sprawl out on soft, golden sand; whilst a walk in the historic mining town of St Just is just the place to quench your yearning for history and heritage.

For your chance to follow in the paw shaped footsteps of our intrepid canine guide, book a pet friendly holiday cottage in Cornwall, Norfolk or the Lake District with Sykes Cottages. We’ve over 2,000 dog friendly cottages in the UK, so follow your nose, make like a dog and sniff out your favourite today!

Jonathan Tuplin

By Jonathan Tuplin

Jonathan is a lover of books, music and good food. Originally from Yorkshire, there's nothing he likes more than a cycle in the country. One of his favourite spots in the UK is Tenby, where he spent many a happy holiday as a child.

The UK’s best pet friendly beaches

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013
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The summer of 2013 really was one to remember with the longest heat-wave in seven years and temperatures nudging that magic 30 degrees around the country. As would be expected the masses flocked to the seaside and in some places it was hard to find a square inch of space. However it seems that summer has faded away, the nights are drawing in ever earlier and temperatures are dropping. But there is one upside! Those once packed beaches are now noticeably emptier and have suddenly transformed into perfect playgrounds for our four legged friends. So here at Sykes we’ve decided to give you a rundown of some of the best dog friendly beaches around.

Compton Bay

Compton Bay really is one of the treasures of the Isle of Wight, and from the 1st of October through to the 30th of June it is open to dogs. Its southerly aspect means it catches the sun all day long and it features all that you could ask for with clear seas and golden sands, but that isn’t all. Compton Bay is one of the most important geological sites in the UK with fossils in abundance and dinosaur footprints preserved in the rocks so you and your pooch really can walk with dinosaurs.

Compton Bay

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Rhossili Bay

Another dog’s haven can be found at Rhossili Bay on the South Coast of Wales. Rhossili has been the recipient of a wide array of awards including being voted as Britain’s No.1 dog friendly beach by The Times, so it must have something going for it! Well apart from wandering the pristine sands you and your dog can investigate the wreck of the Helvetia that ran aground back in 1887 or even take a trip to the famous Worm’s Head. What’s more it’s open to dogs all year round!

The Helvetia and Worm's Head at Rhossili Bay

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Gairloch Beach

Gairloch beach is a hidden gem tucked away on the wild Atlantic coast of Scotland. Overlooking the Minch and surrounded by sand dunes to rival any of our more well-known beaches, Gairloch is a paradise of soft sands and stunning sunsets. Dramatic views of the mountains of Skye and Torridon will keep you entranced whilst your dog has the time of its life frolicking in the surf. Again this beach is open to dogs throughout the year but if you time your trip right you might even catch a glimpse of the famous Northern Lights!

Gairloch Beach

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But don’t let us stop you from choosing your favourite dog friendly beach, something that is even easier with our wide range of pet friendly coastal cottages that give you somewhere to put your feet up after a long day at the seaside.

Jamie Tomkins

By Jamie Tomkins

Jamie is a big fan of long weekend walks with the dog, especially when there is the chance to refuel with lunch in a country pub. Living in Lancaster for three years gave him the perfect opportunity to spend a lot of time in the Lake District.