Where can you go on holiday with your pets?

Here are some of the best UK pet-friendly holiday options in 2020

2020 has been a tough year for may people and some of us would like a well-deserved break away, but where are you allowed to go? And can you bring your pets?

Can I go on holiday in the UK?

2020 has been a tough year for may people and some of us would like a well-deserved break away, but where are you allowed to go? And can you bring your pets?

The good news for most of us in England is, that yes. You can go on holiday within the UK even within current government restrictions.

You are permitted to stay overnight from your home and there is no distance on where you can travel around the country. Your overnight stay includes hotels, B&B’s and campsites as the hospitality industry starts to open back up for the end of summer.

If you are heading away, you’ll need to make sure that you’re you maintain social distancing guidelines as well as being vigilant with your own hygiene, including washing your hands and any surfaces you’ve touched.

If you are heading for a pet-friendly staycation in the UK, then you must consider that:
  • No more than two households can travel together
  • You are not permitted to travel if youre feeling unwell or are showing symptoms of Covid-19
  • You cannot travel to or from areas that are in local lockdown. You can keep up to date with which areas of the UK are in local lockdown here.

For more information about what you can do and where you can travel to within the UK, please visit the gov.uk website.

Hotels and B&B’s

Hotels and bed and breakfast establishments are opening back up across England. They may look a little different than before, with social distancing regulations being enforced and face coverings being encouraged indoors.

Some hotels and B&B’s won’t allow pets to stay with you, so have a little look online beforehand through comparison sites such as Hotels.com and Booking.com where you can filter your results to include only those will allow you to holiday with your cat or pooch.

Caravans and campsites

Campsites and caravan parks have always been a favourite getaway for pet owners. Nothing can quite beat the smell of the seaside or the taking a walk in the great outdoors with your dog by your side.

Many caravan and campsites are re-opening following lockdown. Again, things will be a little different. Communal facilities such as kitchens and bar areas may be closed (but this will depend on your holiday destination). You may also be required to check in on your phone when you and your pet arrive.

Second Homes

Of course, you don’t need to worry about whether you can bring your cats and dogs along to your Great British staycation if you already own the property. But can you stay in your second home?

According to government guidance, you are allowed to stay over in your second home. Just make sure that you are not travelling to or from an area in local lockdown and you should be good to go!

5 Pet-friendly holidays in England

So where are some of the best places to take your pets on holiday? If you’re looking for somewhere to take a little break that’s going to be just as much fun for your four-legged friend as it will be for you, then we’ve listed some of our favourite destinations right here!

Cornwall

Springer Spaniel exploring Newquay, Cornwall

One of the premier places in the UK for a holiday, Cornwall has everything you could need for an end-of-summer break.

Holidays on the Cornish coast is sure to conjure up images of ice creams and surfing. But it isn’t just a holiday for humans! Cornwall has miles and miles of dog-friendly beaches, although many of which have a seasonal dog ban from October. A trot around the golden beaches and the rock pools of Newquay and Porthcurno can be just what you’re looking for.

Devon

Exmouth in Devon is a great summer holiday destination

A little bit further up the coast is Devon. Now, we’re not going to get into which county is better, but for a pet holiday, Devon is a by-word for heaven.

Again, much like Cornwall, you and your pet are within a sniff of the seaside and some of the most gorgeous coastline in the UK. You’ll also be able to go exploring the famous Dartmoor and Exmoor moors if your dog likes something a bit more than a beach walk. Just make sure you learn where to put your jam onto your scone!

Lake District

Dog holidays in the Lake District

One of the first moves from the government when lockdown was being eased across England was to re-open the National Parks.

This means that places such as the Lake District, one of the most picturesque settings in the UK, are back and waiting to be explored. The Lake District in particular has almost 2.5 km² of countryside, rolling hills and quaint coffee shops to visit – many of which are dog-friendly.

For your Lake District stay, you can find your very own pet-friendly stay with Canine Cottages.

Peak District

Spaniel dog in the snow in the Peak District

The Peak District and surrounding Derbyshire are also back open for business. Why not take a walk round Chatsworth House, home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire? The estate includes over 100 acres of gardens for you to wander round. If you were wondering whether Chatsworth House is dog-friendly, then the 8 metre-high dog sculpture on the lawn might just answer your question!

Yorkshire Moors

Yorkshire Dales viaduct

The Yorkshire Moors and Yorkshire Dales are another brilliant place to head for a pet holiday. Whether it’s the chocolate box villages, the warm and friendly pubs or just some of the best landscape views anywhere in the country, the UK’s largest county has it all.

Of course, the Yorkshire Moors is also the setting for the original Lassie. You can find yourself a cosy, pet-friendly cottage right here.

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