7 Top Dog Friendly Northumberland Attractions & Days Out

The Best Places To Take Dogs in Northumberland

There is a variety of forests, valleys, lakes and a remote coast, the range of attractions is ideal for a getaway. This county also has more than its fair share of fortifications. Aydon, Bamburgh, Dunstanburgh and Lowther castles are just a few of the best ones to see. There are a great range of dog friendly days out in Northumberland that you have to try!

Roman-built Hadrian’s Wall crosses Northumberland. Peppered with forts, monuments and sites this incredible barrier is famous around the world. Many walk the full 73 miles over the course of a week, but smaller routes are just as exciting and take just a few hours to complete.

Alnwick is a pretty market town. There’s a castle here and a popular gardens with a poison plant area, fairy tale trail and a famous huge tree house.

Seahouses is a large fishing village with a harbour. This is the place to catch a boat to Farne Island, or to go on a whale-watching tour. Dolphins and porpoises are also often seen in the seas here, and doggies can go on some of the trips too.

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Discover Hadrian’s Wall

Built nearly 2,000 years ago by Roman emperor Hadrian, this wall was 73 miles long and ran from the east coast to the west coast. There’s a path alongside Hadrian’s Wall, and forts, monuments and museums along the way offer an insight of Roman life. At Corbridge Roman Town, you can use an audio guide to learn about the hoard discovered here including armour and tools, and at Chesters Fort, there’s a Roman steam room and baths to view.

Northumberland National Park

The least populated of all the British national parks, Northumberland offers peace and tranquillity for walkers and their doggies when leaving the comfort of their homes. With 400 square miles of space to roam, different parts of the park offer a variety of landscapes to explore. College Valley is dramatic and remote, the Cheviot Hills give you waterfalls and peaks, and for rolling hills and a river, Beamish Valley is the place to head for. And when night falls here, the skies are the darkest you’ll ever see so make time to study the stars while you’re in the area.

Kielder Water & Forest Park

Europe’s largest man-made lake and England’s biggest working forest is here too. With a waterside path 26 miles long, along with hiking trails and mountain bike tracks, families and their dog can roam for miles. On the lake itself visitors can sail, kayak and water ski, and there’s the chance to spot red squirrels, otters, osprey and roe deer in the park too.

Explore Holy Island

The Holy Island of Lindisfarne lies just of the Northumberland coast. It’s a tidal island accessed via a paved causeway and is home to a 16th-century castle. Monks first went to the island in AD 635, but fled after violent Viking attacks. There’s a museum dedicated to all the fascinating local history, including the Lindisfarne Gospels and the life of St Cuthbert. At Lindisfarne Priory, you can wander the ruins with your doggy and see the Rainbow Arch that still stands tall.

Warkworth Castle

Perched on a hilltop overlooking the River Croquet, the 12th-century Warkworth Castle is large and impressive. The roof remains over the cross-shaped keep, and the chapel, tower, great hall and gatehouse are mostly intact. There is often a lot going on by way of open days and re-enactments here, especially during school holiday. Your doggy companion is welcome inside as long as they remain on a lead.

England’s Northernmost Town

Just 3 miles from the Scottish border, Berwick-upon-Tweed has a chequered past. The place offers three stunning bridges, a rich cultural scene and Elizabethan walls that completely circle the town. You can walk the walls that were built to keep the Scots away with your canine buddy, and stroll past the barracks and main guard. It also boasts a couple of art galleries, a museum, plenty of places to eat and a long sandy beach.

Days at the Beach

The coast of Northumberland is home to 31 beaches, and most of them allow dogs all year round. At Durridge Bay there’s an incredible 7-mile stretch of sand that is backed by dunes that are home to wildlife. Seahouses has a harbour and lots of amenities, and the beach here is dog-friendly and sheltered.
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