We love dogs – and we know you do too. From their wet noses and fluffy tails, to their shaggy coats and beautiful, loving eyes, we are a nation who adore our dogs. So, in celebration of National Pet Month, we’ve picked out just a few of the fantastic photos you’ve sent us of your family dogs enjoying their forest adventures for our doggy gallery.
National Pet Month
April is National Pet Month – coincidentally, that’s just when spring really gets going in the forest. The flowers start to grow with abandon, birds and insects are buzzing about and there’s plenty of wildlife to be seen – all of which creates the perfect walk for your dog, full of exciting new smells to investigate.
Just remember to be aware of ground nesting birds between 01 March and 31 July. Ask your Forest Ranger about the best places to see wildlife, and where to keep your dog on a lead.
Out for a morning dog walk
Each of our locations are surrounded by lovely woodland walks, and there’s plenty more to see if you go farther afield as well. Climb majestic mountains in Strathyre, explore the lochs around Ardgartan Argyll in Scotland, or discover the 500ft outcrop at Symonds Yat Rock in the Forest of Dean – whichever location you prefer, your dogs will love the long walks, with plenty of space to run.
Time for a break
Youur dog is probably still bursting with energy, but we think it’s only fair that you get some light refreshment while you’re out and about. There are plenty of pet-friendly pubs close to our locations. Enjoy the spring air in the New Inn beer garden in Cropton or a meal in the bar in the Northbrook Arms near Blackwood Forest.
If your furry friend is a bit of a swimmer, the forest has trickling streams and pools to play in. If your dog loves the sea, there are plenty of dog-friendly beaches to choose from. Our Deerpark location is just 15 minutes from the coast, while you can easily drive to Scarborough from your cabin at Keldy or Cropton.
Down-time back at your cabin
Although your dog can’t join you in the hot tub, that doesn’t stop them enjoying the secure decking area, and having you outside relaxing and nature-spotting with them makes it extra special.
After a long morning walk, it’s lovely to be able to relax in a sunny spot. Our dog-friendly cabins have wipe-clean sofas for muddy paws and plenty of space for toys and beds.
Pop into the Forest Retreat for lunch, and you’ll find a friendly welcome and a treat for your pet too. Our team are on hand to give you tips about the best places to walk and local dog friendly places to visit.
Play-time in the forest
Dogs just love to play games, and the forest is perfect for a spot of fetch, ball games, or hide and seek. It is also a great place for another of your dog’s favourite activities – socialising. They’ll meet plenty of new friends out and about.
Of course, the rest of the family need a holiday too. Having your dog with you doesn’t mean you can’t explore the local area. Your pet is welcome at lots of attractions around the country, including English Heritage properties, like Grimes Graves near Thorpe Forest.
National Pet Month also coincides with the Easter holidays, so you’ll find Easter egg hunts happening all around the country, such as at Rufford Abbey, near Sherwood Forest. We also have lots of dog-friendly Easter activities at all our locations.
Doggy dreams after a busy day
Finally at night, your pet can settle down for a peaceful snooze in front of the fire, while you enjoy a film night and a pizza with the rest of the family.