Man’s best friend. Dogs are great company both indoors and outdoors, they push you to become more active and improve your overall well-being. Younger pups are inquisitive and hold a lot of excessive energy within them especially in the morning after their breakfast and in the evenings around dinner time. Your dog requires daily exercise and well, so do you… the pawfect pairing!
After a year of staying at home and appreciating our surroundings in our home country, we are opting for more family/dog-friendly holidays in the UK rather than holidaying abroad and with international travel at a halt, ‘staycations’ are the way forward. Before you book your camper van, campsite, hotel or Air B&B, you should do your research to see if there’s dog-friendly cafes and walks around your desired designation. If you don’t plan ahead, you could put yourself and your furry friend in danger.
Walking holidays with your dog
Are you ready for walkies? Before you em(bark), make sure you look at the route you plan to take and do some research into dog friendly walks. You’ll also need to check if dogs need to be kept on the lead in case there’s any livestock in the fields or if the route has any steep inclines or hazards.
Cumbria & The Lake District, England 📍
The Lake District is a great place to travel to as it’s a central location and is known for its glacial ribbon lakes, rugged fell mountains and historic literacy associations. Being home to England’s top ten highest mountains, we have considered the top three walks for our four-legged friends.
Blea Tarn Difficulty: Easy Duration: 1-2 hours
Blea Tarn is situated in the Lake District and is one of the easiest places to visit via car as it’s facilitated with a car park on the Little Langdale to Great Langdale road. This one is for everyone, for all abilities and ages and takes around 1-2 hours to complete. Picturesque in the warmer summer months and just as gorgeous in the winter, Blea Tarn is surrounded by woodland walks and has stunning views of Lingmoor and Pike of Blisco.
Why your pup will love it
The route is ideal for families with canines as the walk is a gentle stroll which involves a fun paddle too. An exciting morning or afternoon walk through various wooded areas with benches along the way. They will love stopping for breaks with you to hydrate themselves in the hope that they’ll get some sneaky snacks for being well behaved.
Devon, England 📍
When you think of Devon, what do you think of? Crystal clear waters, clean white sandy beaches, rugged cliff edges and blue skies with copious fluffy clouds. Yip, check. That image alone should be enough for you to pack your bags.
Branscombe to Beer coastal walk Difficulty: Moderate Duration: 3 hours
Branscombe to Beer starts in the heart of Branscombe village. The walk features a scenic stroll through the stunning countryside which passes by the historic Forge, Old Bakery and Manor Mill before heading towards Branscombe beach where you can see the 13,500 kilograms anchor of the MSC Napoli which grounded on the beach in 2007.
Why your pup will love it
Most breeds love dipping their paws in water, this trail involves footpaths and footbridges leading you to the open ocean air. What’s not to love? You can even enjoy an ice cream and Devonshire cream tea once you’re closer to the centre of Beer. Along the way, you will find some places where you can stop for some refuelling. This gives you the chance to spend some quality time together, to rehydrate and to make memories.
Inverary Woodland Walk, Argyll, Scotland 📍
Inverary is a small town in Argyll and Bute situated within Scotland. Inverary has it all from loch-side scenery, history and heritage. On the shores of Loch Fyne, the quirky bustling west coast town with local restaurants, pubs and walks to explore. Loch Fyne is famous for its oysters and seafood dishes and is the longest sea loch in Scotland which is breathtakingly gorgeous, especially in the sunshine.
Dun Na Cuaiche woodland walk Difficulty: Moderate Duration: 2-3 hours
This woodland walk is one of the shorter walks in Inverary and although distance may be less, the terrain remains adventurous. Once you reach the top of the walk, you get to enjoy some of the most spectacular views of the Loch Fyne which stretches for 65km. The route begins at the Inverary Castle which leads you along a woodland path before reaching the hill’s peak.
Why your pup will love it
Our four-legged friends love exploring and going on adventures and what’s better? Going with their owner, their best friend – YOU. Although there’s no water at this location, the incline walk will give your pup some exercise and we would suggest waiting until you reach the top before you open up your snacks or picnic basket to really appreciate your surroundings. It gives you time to slow down and by this point, you’ll notice a waggy-tail patiently waiting for treats.
How to travel with a dog?
Rule 57 of the highway code states: “When in a vehicle make sure dogs or other animals are suitably restrained so they cannot distract you while you are driving or injure you, or themselves if you stop quickly. A seat belt harness, pet carrier, dog cage or dog guard are ways of restraining animals in cars.”
- Travel harness – harnesses come in a variety of different styles, colours and sizes. You won’t be short of choice, that’s for sure!
- Boot gate
Top Trespass Tip – We would recommend our Huxley waterproof dog seat cover to keep your car dry, clean and free from hair.
What do you need to bring when hiking or camping with your dog?
Firstly, you’ll need to consider if your dog is fit enough to travel and hike with you. We would also recommend preparing your dog physically for outdoor adventures by taking them on local woodland walks and increasing the duration slightly the weeks before. That’s about it from them, for you, you’ll have to learn how to pack a doggy bag as well as your own.
- Food and water. We would recommend bringing your dog’s usual food so whatever they have at home, you should bring with you on the road. The last thing you want is for your dog to have an upset stomach. Top Trespass Top – Give them a small serving in the morning before the hike and give them the rest once you have finished your hike. If they’re hungry on the walk, bring a small amount of kibble in a tupperware dish for extra energy. With regards to water, we would suggest a collapsible water bowl. We would use your own thirst as an indication on when to stop for a drink, this could be every 15-30mins depending on the temperature and duration of your trail. All breeds will be different, an average sized golden retriever will need more water than a miniature schnauzer. Dogs will also tend to drink from puddles, streams or rivers when they can as they prefer the taste of natural water. (This is perhaps their natural instincts kicking in) We would suggest being careful as some water sources may carry bacteria so bare that in mind, the more clean water you carry the better.
Our Trespaws collapsible dog bowls come in a twin pack with attached carabiner clips which are great for attaching to your backpack for ease. When they’re finished gulping, simply collapse and store away. The bowls also double up as a frisbee toy for your pup, if you’re trying to distract them from a large group or family to either a) not bark or b) not annoy them, the bowls come in handy.
Our Trespaws Tamu dog water bottle with drinking bowl is ideal for short walks, longer hikes and camping. Great for on-the-go when you’re out and about and with 500ml of water, you’ll be good to go for the full day.
Please watch our ‘How To’ video with doggo Henry >>>
2. First aid kit. Bring the following: heavy-duty bandages, a liquid bandage for split or cut paw pads, antiseptic wipes (useful for both of you), tweezers for potential tick removal, an antihistamine like Benadryl in case of a snake bite and canine sunscreen – perfect for the lighter coloured pooches who are more likely to get sunburnt.
3. The essentials.
- A collar with a tag so that if you get separated, a telephone number will be on it for safety.
- Two types of lead – an extendable lead and a shorter lead for different purposes.
- Car safety belt
- Poop bags
- Travel bed and blankets
- Flashlight or glowstick to attach to their collar/hi-vis LED collar
- Consider footcare – paw cleaner & silicone bathing brush + paw salve for cracked, sore feet.
- Toys of course