Dog Friendly Days Out in Yorkshire (15 Paw-some Adventures)

Happy dog and owner in picturesque countryside, surrounded by lush greenery and rolling hills - one of the 15 dog friendly days out in Yorkshire.

Yorkshire is an outdoor-lover’s dream. Almost every person you come across is dressed in walking boots, waterproofs and a backpack.

With the Dales and Moors to hike, cycle routes to ride, rocks to climb and rivers to canoe, you can have an action-packed time in this county with your dogs. There are a host of dog-friendly days out in Yorkshire for you both to get stuck into.

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The Best Places To Take Dogs in Yorkshire

To take your four-legged friend on a beautiful expedition, pick routes such as the one that takes you on a stroll to Ingleton Waterfall. Right in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, you will pass through ancient woods and rolling hills along the way.

The coastline is 45 miles long and includes delightful seaside resorts and well-known Yorkshire dog friendly villages

The town of Scarborough, Whitby, Robin Hoods Bay and Withernsea are just some of the quaint coastal places that offer accommodation for guests and accept pets allowing you to experience Yorkshire’s canine-friendly side

Along with amusements, chip shops and donkeys, there are great strolls along cliff tops and the back of pretty coves to experience with your dogs.

Here is our must-do list of dog friendly attractions in Yorkshire – but there are plenty more days out where these came from:

Activities & Things to Do

Find below 7 of the best days out in Yorkshire for dogs

1. Hikes on The Yorkshire Dales

The Dales National Park covers 841 square miles of ground and can be enjoyed by walkers with their pups as it is pet friendly. We wrote an extensive guide on canine adventures in the Yorkshire Dales National Park for first time visitors.

With challenging trails and peaks to climb at this national trust destination and gentle pathways through villages, there is something for every kind of walker in this part of the world and you are guaranteed fun!

Try part of the James Herriot Way – it’s 52 miles in total and goes through Swaledale and Wensleydale. Livestock and animals can be in some of the fields, even ones with a path crossing through it, so be ready to put dogs on a short lead in some areas.

2. Visit Bolton Abbey

Bolton Abbey and the estate is a popular place to walk for families, hikers, photographers and nature lovers. 

There is the priory itself to see, and areas of forests and riverside to explore. With set-aside places for dogs to run free, your canine friend will love it here in Yorkshire.

In other marked areas, such as the car parks, café and sites, guests and dogs are welcome on their leads.

3. Walking on The North York Moors

The North York Moors has some of the best dog walks in Yorkshire through heather-clad hills and still close to a nearby town for a drink. 

Remember, if you are booking one of our cottages in Yorkshire, that dogs are not permitted on the open moors, make sure you head off on one of the many paths for dogs nearby. 

The Cleveland Way is one for dogs, and it will take you from Helmsley to Rievaulx Abbey.

4. Dog-friendly Beaches

Next to the town of Whitby, Tate Hill Beach is a small, sheltered bay that allows dogs on the sand all year round.

 It’s the ideal place for picnics, playing fetch, enjoying swimming or sharing a bag of fish and chips and it is considered one of the best dog friendly beaches in Yorkshire

You can walk along the Yorkshire coast for miles here and take a peek inside some of the smuggler’s caves along the way. Others have restrictions, but normally all permit dogs from October to April.

5. Visit a Castle

Many of the cottages to rent are close to Castles which can be great as most are pet-friendly. And there are plenty of fine fortifications to discover in the county with your dog.

 Scarborough Castle is on the coast and you can also take a look at all of Scarborough’s wonderful dog friendly attractions and days out.

Richmond Castle is in the North and Pickering Castle overlooking the North Yorkshire Moors are just some of the splendid examples that will keep history buffs and their four-legged friends enthralled for hours.

6. Ride on a Steam Train

There are several heritage railways. They are fascinating for all the family and offer a great day out on holiday. The Keighley and Worth Valley Railway featured in The Railway Children and ran through Bronte country. 

The Railway runs throughout the area going from Pickering and is a great day out with the kids and dogs. Both allow you to take the dog along on the train for a ride you will never forget. Remember to search for special offers online.

7. An Outdoor Art Gallery

The Yorkshire Sculpture Park near the town of Wakefield is open almost every day of the year and combines a relaxing walk with roughly 80 pieces of art on the trail. 

Some works are permanently exhibited, and others are on loan for limited periods only.

As you stroll around, take in the outdoor art and observe the changing light, it’ll open your mind to something new. Your pup is more than welcome around the gallery.

8. Burton Agnes Hall and Gardens

Burton Agnes Discover the stunning Burton Agnes Hall and Gardens, a picturesque Elizabethan manor nestled in the Yorkshire countryside. 

With over 15 acres of pet-friendly gardens in Yorkshire, this dog welcoming destination offers delightful woodland walks and meticulously landscaped grounds perfect for dogs to explore.

From the Stumpery to the classical pond garden, there’s always something new to discover with your canine companion. Dog walkers and pet lovers alike will adore this enchanting spot in Burton Agnes.

9. Burton Constable Hall and Grounds

Landscaped gardens with people walking through

Skirlaugh Venture to the historic Burton Constable Hall and Grounds in Skirlaugh, South Yorkshire for a day out in Yorkshire with the dog. This majestic Elizabethan mansion is surrounded by 300 acres of parkland, providing ample space for dogs to roam and play.

You and your dog will enjoy exploring this beautiful estate with designated dog areas for a walk, picturesque lakes, and ancient woodlands.

10. East Park – Hull

East Park with trees and snow on the ground

East Park in Hull is the perfect destination for family fun in the city. As the largest public park in Hull, it boasts 130 acres of open space, lakes, and woodland trails perfect for dog walks.

The park also features a sensory garden, an animal education centre, and a children’s playground, ensuring a great day out for the entire family, including your furry friend.

11. Sledmere House and Gardens

Lush lawned gardens with Sledmere House in the distance

Sledmere Sledmere House and Gardens is a magnificent Georgian country house in Sledmere, offering a fantastic dog-friendly day out in Yorkshire. 

With over 960 acres of parkland, gardens, and woodland, there’s plenty of space for your dog to stretch their legs.

The Wagoners Museum, the charming village of Sledmere, and the estate’s café make this an ideal destination for dog owners and their pets.

12. Filey Bird Garden & Animal Park

Colourful birds all sitting together

Visit Filey Bird Garden & Animal Park for an interactive and dog-friendly day out in Yorkshire. This unique attraction is home to various birds and animals, from exotic parrots to alpacas.

Dogs on leads are welcome in designated areas, allowing them to join the fun. With beautiful gardens, woodland walks, and a picnic area, Filey Bird Garden & Animal Park promises an unforgettable day for you and your dogs.

13. Forge Dam, Sheffield

A woodland path surrounded bu Autumn trees

Escape city life with a visit to Forge Dam in Sheffield. This tranquil spot is surrounded by woodland and offers a great environment for a relaxing day out.

Enjoy a leisurely walk along the riverside path, where dogs can splash in the water or explore the nearby woods for a more adventurous trek. The family friendly café at Forge Dam is perfect for a well-deserved break and a bite.

14. Helmsley Castle

sheep grazing on the grass with Helmsley Castle behind them

Return in time with a visit to the historic Helmsley Castle in the picturesque market town of Helmsley. This attraction is perfect in the summer months for a family day out and offers an insight into medieval architecture and fascinating history.

It’s owned by the English heritage and it’s a great place for wandering the atmospheric ruins with your canine companion and taking in the stunning views of the surrounding countryside. 

Dogs aren’t allowed inside but you can always visit the nearby Helmsley Walled Gardens for a peaceful stroll with your pooch.

15. Whitby Abbey

Whitby Abbey next to the coast with the sun setting

Perched high on a clifftop overlooking the seaside town in North Yorkshire, the iconic Abbey is a must-visit attraction in Yorkshire. With its dramatic Gothic architecture and breathtaking views, the Abbey provides the perfect setting for a memorable day with your dog.

Wander the atmospheric ruins with your dog, learn about Abbey’s rich history, and explore the dog-friendly trails that lead down to the town and harbour below. You can experience Whitby with your pooch by heading to these dog-friendly spots for a great day out.

Looking at Visiting the Area

Now you know about the countless Yorkshire dog friendly places, we have a sneaky feeling you may want to visit. If that’s the case, look no further, you can find a superb selection of self-catering accommodation right here 

Holiday Cottages

From Yorkshire hot tub cottages for pets oozing with character to coastal retreats, we have put together a list of the finest dog friendly accommodation in the Yorkshire Dales for you to browse.

Log Cabins

Yorkshire log cabins that welcome dogs are fast becoming the most popular choice for groups and couples wanting to get away from it all and relax.

Last Word

With so many activities and attractions to try from West Yorkshire to North Yorkshire, this county has become very popular among dog owners. If you still need to book your accommodation, whether that’s a lodge, cottage or cabin, see our vast range of breaks in Yorkshire.



John Devlin

An online publisher for over nine years, working specifically in the travel and dog industries. When I am not writing about pet travels and places to visit, I enjoy walking with my 2 Golden Retrievers, fishing and family time.

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