6-9 March 2025, The NEC Birmingham

Free and fun day trips with your dog

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Nothing beats spending time with your dog. It’s the perfect excuse to get outdoors, and it needn’t cost very much at all. There are plenty of dog-friendly options across the UK, so here are a few ideas to help you plan your next fun day out with your pooch.

Are you near a dog-friendly beach? 

If your dog loves splashing in the waves and digging in the sand, a day out at a dog-friendly beach is perfect. Many beaches allow dogs year-round or have designated dog-friendly areas during the off-season. Some popular dog-friendly beaches include Croyde Bay in Devon, Bamburgh Beach in Northumberland, and Holkham Beach in Norfolk. Remember to keep your dog safe around water.

Take a walk in a park 

If there’s one thing we have an abundance of in the UK, it’s parks and green spaces. Many country parks have designated dog-walking trails, and some even have dog agility courses or dog-friendly cafes. Some of the best country parks to explore with your pooch include Richmond Park in London, Clumber Park in Nottinghamshire, and Moors Valley Country Park in Dorset.

Explore a charming village 

Dogs love going outdoors for a walk and a sniff about, so depending on where you are, why not explore a charming village on foot? How about an afternoon exploring The Cotswolds before relaxing in a dog-friendly pub? Perfect.

Visit a dog-friendly attraction 

Many popular attractions are now dog-friendly, so you don't have to leave your furry friend at home when you go out for the day.  English Heritage have a list of dog-friendly properties you can visit. You can take your dog on a trip down the Thames or on Lake Windermere. If your dog is on the adventurous side, you can even take your dog to the top of Tower Bridge in London, where they can look through the glass floor to the bustling traffic below. A quick Google search will give you plenty of options to explore. 

Feel like a hike?

If your dog loves exploring new trails and taking in scenic views, a hike is an excellent option. The UK has plenty of dog-friendly hiking trails, ranging from gentle walks to more challenging routes. Some popular hiking destinations include the Lake District, Snowdonia National Park, the White Cliffs of Dover and the Scottish Highlands. Of course, keep in mind your dog’s size and fitness level, or you may end up needing to carry them on the way back.  

Visit a dog-friendly pub or restaurant

Enjoying a meal or a drink with your dog by your side is now possible thanks to the growing number of dog-friendly pubs and restaurants across the UK. Some establishments even offer dog-friendly menus or doggy treats.  

Up for some wild swimming?

A great option when it’s warm and sunny! The UK offers plenty of beautiful, pet-friendly spots that are ideal for wild swimming. From the tranquil rivers of the Lake District to the sparkling beaches of Cornwall, there are plenty of natural bodies of water to explore. The Cairngorms National Park in Scotland offers crystal-clear lochs, while the Peak District boasts stunning reservoirs and ponds. The New Forest is home to rivers and streams perfect for a refreshing dip, and the Welsh coast offers dramatic cliffs and coves.