The Cotswolds are undoubtedly one of the most beautiful corners of England. Stunning scenic views, breathtaking forest walks, and of course they’re home to fabulous dog walking country. With vast arrays of world-class restaurants, hip hotels and warm country pubs, it’s also a great place to visit if you’re a foodie. But your four-legged friend deserves a treat too, right? So here are some of the most dog-friendly places in the region.
Top Dog-Friendly Eating Spots
Great news. There are so many dog-friendly eating establishments in the Cotswolds. The Porch House in Stow-on-the-Wold serves great burgers and your hound will be as welcome as you are. The same can be said for The Fuzzy Duck in Armscote. This 18th-century coaching inn offers refined dining but is also very dog friendly. If you’re visiting the pretty village of Kingham, The Kingham Plough will welcome your four-legged friend and the pub even has their own resident dog, Ooti. So you can make friends.
Top Dog Walks in the Cotswolds
There are countless trails and routes in the Cotswolds that are sure to keep both you and your pet very content. The Cotswold Way Circular Walk is one such option. This short jaunt leads you around Chipping Campden, a charming market town, across shaded woodland and past scenic countryside views. The 4 and 1/2 mile route will take around 3 hours to complete and will be a great treat if your dog is high energy.
Another great day walking route in the Cotswolds is The Cleeve Hill Ring. Cleeve Hill is a vast expanse of grassland high above Cheltenham which your dog will adore being let loose in. The walk can be simply a stroll up and down the hill (an hour), or you can take on the full 6 mile hike, which is moderately challenging.
Where Will Your Dog Thrive?
Standing 65 feet high, the dramatic Broadway Tower and its surrounds offer up some of the very best views in England. Although dogs must wait outside the tower itself, the walk up to the tower is a dream for your canine.
Croome Park is a National Trust property located in Worcestershire that is undoubtedly another exceptional place for your dog to thrive and enjoy itself. Dogs are allowed anywhere in the park, and water bowls, tether hooks, waste bins can be found aplenty.
Some Tips for Bringing Your Dog to the Cotswolds
When taking your dog on holiday planning ahead is essential. You need to feel relaxed, so research a selection of restaurants and cafés (see above), which will allow you to bring your four-legged friend inside. It’s also prudent to plan for any emergencies, record where the nearest vets are, and perhaps even keep their phone number to hand. Once you arrive at your destination you can make your dog feel settled and happy by taking them on a long, exploratory walk. This way they’ll begin to feel comfortable in their new surroundings.
The Cotswolds are incredibly dog-friendly. So if you want to bring your pet along, it’s the perfect destination.