That said, there are lots of things to do if you want your break filled with activities and days out. Exploring the coastal path with your pooch is a great way to spend time outdoors, and you can stop by Weston-Super-Mare for a bag of chips and a wander around a traditional seaside town.
Take a look at dog-friendly things to do in Somerset:
Where the River Parret meets the Severn Estuary there’s an area of mudflats and salt marshes inhabited by waterfowl and wading birds. Most of the year 190 different species of birds can be seen here such as Curlew, Shelduck and Oystercatchers. Wild plants like yellow poppies grow on the water’s edge, and hundreds of interesting insects have made this place home too. Dogs on a lead are welcome in the nature reserve – it’s a lovely place to walk.
Perched on a hill, Dunster Castle is an impressive sight. With views that stretch to the Quantock Hills and Exmoor, the castle has been a family home and country estate for hundreds of years. With a working mill in the grounds and acres of parkland to stroll, doggies will enjoy a day out here as much as their owners. The river garden offers a path along the Avil, and the tea room has a garden with water bowls especially for pets to use.
With thousands of years of history to uncover, this natural site is dramatic and a must-see if you’re nearby. Watch rock climbers scale the cliff fronts, have a tour of the caves and take a long or short hike through the gorge – there’s something for everyone. The little village of Cheddar has pubs and cafes too for refreshments where doggies are welcome, or take a picnic if the weather is fine, there are plenty of beautiful places to sit.
South of Weston-Super-Mare is a wide curve of sand that extends for 6 miles. Man’s best friend is welcome here 12 months a year so the whole family can spend glorious days on the beach together. With cafes along the back, you have everything you need. Don’t forget to take your bucket and spade.
Glastonbury Tor is a spiritual place and one that welcomes dogs with their owners. The Tor is a steep hill with a tower on the top and is an iconic symbol of Glastonbury. Walking to the top is a challenge, but when you get to the peak, the views are worth all the effort. Sometimes there are sheep grazing on the Tor, so make sure your pooch stays close by as you hike.
The West Somerset Railway is a heritage line that runs along a 20-mile track from Minehead to Bishops Lydeard. Watch the beautiful landscape through the window as you go past picturesque villages, an old brewery and Dunster Castle. There’s even a stretch of track that goes along the edge of the sea. The family dog can ride in the carriage and they need their own ticket.
The Willow and Wetlands Centre is a family-run attraction that boasts a basket museum, area of wetland, coffee shop and retail store. In the museum you can learn how baskets are made and the process of growing willow, the family have been harvesting it for over 100 years. Pets are welcome to all areas and they will enjoy a choice of circular walk – one is 1km and the other 3.2 km long.