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Sykes’ Best Places for a Pet Friendly Holiday

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014
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You might not be aware of it but this month is all about our four legged friends. That’s right, from the first of April right the way through to the fifth of May it’s officially National Pet Month, and what’s more it’s the 25th edition of the event with a special theme of ‘celebrating our pets’ and this is exactly what we’ll be doing here at Sykes.

For our first National Pet Month we’ll be looking at one of the best ways to treat your dogs: taking them away with you next time you go on holiday. Here at Sykes, we have over 2,000 pet friendly holiday cottages for you to pick from and whilst this number gives you plenty of options we know that it can be difficult to find the right place to plan your getaway. So, we’ve had a look to see if we could narrow it down a bit by finding some of the best areas to go away with your dog.

Lake District

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If you’re looking for the perfect pet’s playground then the Lake District could well be the place for you! With beautiful woodlands, mountains and more lakes than you could shake a stick at, ‘Scamp’ will well and truly be in his element. You could maybe treat your pooch to a walk in Grizedale Forest or even go on a little cruise on Lake Windermere, and if your furry friend starts to run out of steam then I’m sure you’ll be able to find a tasty snack in a country pub or tea room. So take a look at our pet friendly properties in the Lake District as you’ll need somewhere for a bit of R&R after all those long walks in the country.


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Another old favourite for a dog friendly holiday is Norfolk. Whilst you’re there you’ll never struggle to find a beautiful beach where the pooch can stretch his legs, with Old Hunstanton and Holkham Bay both coming highly recommended. Or if you fancy heading inland you’ll be able to find miles and miles of beautiful woodlands, pay a visit to one of the counties fantastic country estates or even take a little boat trip along the Norfolk Broads. So what are you waiting for? Book yourself a pet friendly cottage in Norfolk and get packing!

South West


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For a long time the South West has been one of our more popular holiday destinations with its pristine beaches and beautiful countryside but both of these things also make it an absolute haven for our four legged friends. Cornwall makes for the ultimate doggy holiday destination with its miles of sandy beaches and open grasslands that are perfect for stretching those legs. Or there’s also the Exmoor National Park in Devon where you’ll find over 250 square miles of moorland, woodland, valleys and cliffs for ‘Fido’ to explore. What’s more, we have over 200 cottages in the South West of the country that welcome pets, so there’s no excuse for you to leave the pooch in kennels whilst you’re living it up.

So there you go, some of the best places in the country to go away with a dog, and what’s more all three of them feature in our very own dog walking guide containing the best routes for you and your four legged friends to stretch your legs together. But don’t forget that there are plenty of other options open to you, just take a look at our full selection of dog friendly cottages and wait for one to catch your eye.

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.

Best Walks In England for You and Your Dog

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014
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This week is English Tourism Week and what better way to celebrate the beautiful English countryside than by taking your four-legged friend out for a walk? Here at Sykes Cottages we love to lace up our boots, grab the lead from the back door and head out on a long walk with man’s best friend. We have recently produced a dog walking guide which highlights a few of our favourite walking routes in the UK, but if you’re still in need of more inspiration then keep reading for our choice of the top pet friendly walks England has to offer.

Ninesprings, Yoevil Country Park

Ninesprings in Yoevil Country Park is the ideal space to exercise dogs of all shapes and sizes. With a diverse landscape on offer there is something to suit everyone and as dogs are allowed off the lead you’re sure to have a great work out! This communal park is top of our list for puppies, with a wealth of dog owners around it’s perfect for socialising your pup and getting them used to new sights and sounds whilst they make a few doggy friends.

Holkham Beach, North Norfolk

This wonderful beach incorporates 4 miles of white sandy beaches, rolling sand dunes and a dense pine forest, perfect for a diverse walk with the family. Whilst out for a walk along the glorious Holkham Beach why not treat the family to some light refreshments whilst the dog plays in the surf? This beach offers everything you will need for a family day out; from free parking and toilet facilities to refreshment stands and picnic tables.

Tarn Hows, Cumbria

Managed by the National Trust, Tarn Hows in Cumbria offers an unrivalled dog walking experience. Whether you have an active pooch who loves wide open spaces to run in and steep hills to climb or a water dog who just loves playing fetch in the lake, then Tarn Hows is the place for you. With its on-site facilities and stunning scenery this park should not be missed when visiting The Lake District!

Goit Stock, Cullingworth

For a dog walk with a difference we would suggest taking an enchanting stroll through the woodlands at Goit Stock. This peaceful dog walk takes you through deep woods and along a gentle path, passing by majestic waterfalls and a handful of farm yard animals. This picturesque walk is perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon and makes for wonderful photographs and maybe even a cheeky selfie with your pooch.

We hope our selection of the best English walks for you and your dog has inspired you to take the lead and get out and about with your pup. For more holiday inspiration and family friendly cottages which are happy to accept your four-legged friend make sure to check out our pet friendly cottages page.



By Nicole Westley

As a food lover Nicole can often be found in the kitchen, covered in flour and experimenting with new tastes! When not making a mess she loves to explore her Celtic roots by roaming the Scottish countryside or exploring the bays along the Anglesey coast with her fiancé.

Dog Friendly Holidays This Summer

Saturday, February 8th, 2014
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For those of us with furry family members, we know that leaving our pets behind when we go on holiday just isn’t an option. Here at Sykes Cottages, we understand that pets are members of the family too and we don’t see why they should miss out on a fun-filled family holiday! This is why we have over 2,000 properties that are suitable for our four legged friends so that everyone can come along.

Dog Friendly Activities

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There are plenty of activities that you can do with your dog on a self catering holiday in the UK. Not only does the UK have a variety of amazing walks that both you and your dog will love, but many attractions and day out destinations such as the Eden Project also have dogs allowed sections, so you can enjoy a day out with your beloved pooch! Depending on the time of year, many beaches across the UK will be dog friendly so your canine can sunbathe along with you. If you’re after a relaxing holiday filled with trips to the pub then don’t fear as there are many dog friendly pubs up and down the UK will also let your furry friend come in.

No one gets Left Behind

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No matter where you are or how much fun you’re having, being without your four legged companion can be difficult and you’re bound to miss them whilst you’re away- and they’ll certainly miss you too! Whether you’re leaving dogs with a family friend or taking them to the kennels, leaving them can be stressful; taking your dog with you on holiday can not only save this stress but also save some of the costs that come along with boarding your dog for a week. As there is no charge for bringing your pup along to most of our holiday cottages, you can remove the excess kennel fees from your holiday budget and have more money to spend on enjoying yourself when you’re away!

Book a Dog Friendly Holiday with Sykes Cottages

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Here at Sykes Cottages we have dog friendly properties up and down the UK and Ireland, so no matter your desired location you are sure to find the perfect holiday cottage for the whole family. Whether you want to go sniffing around Scotland, wagging your tail in Wales or lounging around the Lake District at Sykes Cottages, we’re sure that we can find you the perfect pet friendly holiday cottage!

Leanne Dempsey

By Leanne Dempsey

A lover of reading, eating and shopping Leanne will often be found spending time with her two pugs or snapping away on instagram. A big fan of the city, She likes nothing more than getting away for a weekend break in the UK, her favourite places being London and Bath.

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.