If you’re bringing your four-legged friend on holiday with you and looking for places to walk dogs in Yorkshire then we have you covered. Experience the great outdoors with beautiful dog walks across North Yorkshire before returning to your cosy pet-friendly cabin at Keldy or Cropton. What better way to explore your surroundings than on foot with your furry friend? Discover our top places to walk dogs in Yorkshire…
Discover the forest trails of Newtondale, just half an hour away from our cabins at Keldy or Cropton. This 6-mile circular route includes quiet lanes and woodland walks, with several steep slopes. Parts of the area cross paths with Forestry England open access land, where your pup can roam off lead, but always ensure that they are in view and under control. The North Yorkshire Moors Railway runs parallel with Newtondale, so you might hear the distant whistling of an oncoming train.
Castle Howard Arboretum
If you’re looking for a day out that the whole family can enjoy, including your four-legged friend, along with plenty of dog walks then The Yorkshire Arboretum is a definite must. Less than 40 minutes away from our Yorkshire locations, Castle Howard is situated in the Howardian Hills, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There are two trails you can follow, shown in the map provided. The short walk takes around an hour and the long walk lasts up to 2-hours, but you can spend the whole day exploring!
In order to preserve the wildlife, you are requested to keep dogs on a lead in designated areas to avoid disturbing birds and animals. However, there are plenty of off lead areas for your pup to explore! After exploring the area why not stop off at the café? Offering homecooked food using local ingredients it’s a great pit stop, with a pet-friendly outdoor sitting area. Dogs aren’t allowed inside but surrounded by beautiful scenery we’re certain you will love the outdoor space on offer.
Runswick Bay, known as one of the prettiest areas on the Yorkshire coast, is well worth the 45-minute drive from your cabin at Keldy or Cropton. A former fishing village, this quaint area offers an ideal setting for your dog walk in Yorkshire. With its high cliffs, at the end of a beautiful crescent of sandy beach, Runswick Bay offers a family friendly setting. Perfect for traditional bucket-and-spade fun, rock pooling, fossil hunting and of course coastal walks, where you can admire the outstanding views. The best part is that Runswick Bay is pet-friendly - perfect for walks and playing beach games with your dog. At the end of a perfect afternoon on the beach, weave along the tiny paths and enjoy the views as you stroll past the cute thatched cottage beside the sea – most likely the villages most photographed house.
Whitby Abbey offers a circular walk, set on a headland overlooking the popular seaside town of Whitby. It is recognised as one of the most romantic and atmospheric ruins in Britain and an ideal place to visit with your dog! The walk takes you away from the town, along the Whitby Lighthouse and towards Saltwick Bay, where you can enjoy the wonderful sea views. A little further on you will approach the historic views of Whitby Abbey and down the infamous 199 steps leading to St. Mary’s Church. Dogs are welcome on leads at Whitby Abbey and the east side of the River Esk lies a beach which is also pet-friendly – ideal for those warmer months when your dog could do with a dip to cool off.
Robin Hoods Bay
A little further afield, Robin Hood’s Bay is a great place to visit with your four-legged-friend. A circular walk, this route joins the Cleveland Way coastal path towards Maw Wyke. For a more interesting walk, why not join the Cinder Track, for the return leg of the journey. This loop is a 9.5-kilometre trail and the paths can get a little muddy after periods of wet weather. The Cleveland Way includes climbs and slopes through gullies so be careful when travelling through this area. Dogs should be kept close as the cliff edges are unfenced with steep drops. If you decide to return via the Cinder Track be mindful of horse riders and cyclists.
Boggle Hole is a hidden gem situated about a mile south of Robin Hood’s Bay. A sheltered cove, in front of an old converted watermill, it was famous for smuggling ‘treasure’ thought to be the perfect hiding place. The clifftop path offers beautiful views of Robin Hood’s Bay and the route also follows the Cinder Track, with on and off lead areas that your pup will love exploring. Boggle Hole can be reached by taking the narrow road through Fyling Park or Fylingthorpe, but be mindful, the road is not suitable for large vehicles. During this walk you can stroll along the rocky clifftops and when the tide is low walk along golden sandy beaches.
North Yorkshire Steam Railway
A short 15-minte drive from your cosy cabin, you will find the North Yorkshire Steam Railway. Dogs are welcome aboard standard coaches, except dining trains, providing they are well behaved, settled under tables or seats and not obstructing the walkway. A doggy ticket can be purchased for just £3 and the train stops and many tourist hotspots including Whitby Abbey and Robin Hood’s Bay.
Dog walking holidays in North Yorkshire
Now that you’ve discovered our top places to walk dogs in Yorkshire, what are you waiting for? Book your pet-friendly holiday today and stay at Keldy or Cropton in North Yorkshire for your best ever family holiday that even the dog can enjoy.