THE BEST DOG FRIENDLY PLACES TO VISIT IN NORTHUMBERLAND
- By Walwick Hall
- April 19, 2022
Bounding along sandy beaches, diving into rivers, exploring free in the forest – Northumberland is truly a hound’s haven.
With many of our staff also proud pet owners, we understand all too well how difficult it can be to leave your dog behind. After all, it’s not a family holiday without everyone’s most trusted companion in toe. Fortunately, with four pet-friendly Stable Suites to choose from, your beloved pet can enjoy a little luxury too.
The Carriage House, The Foal, The Stalls and The Stallion are all fitted with fully-equipped kitchens and are designed with open plan living in mind. Here, your four-legged friend can enjoy their regular dining and napping routine with their best friend by their side. In return for their best behaviour, they’ll receive our warmest Northumberland welcome, plus a selection of tempting treats and their very own food bowl to help them feel right at home. You can even save 30% on your stay when you join us before the 31st May 2022 as part of our exclusive Spring Break Package.
With so many things to do and places to explore on your pet-friendly holiday to Northumberland, we asked five of our pet-owning team members to recommend their favourite dog-friendly places to help inspire your travels with us.
Of course, we couldn’t begin without mentioning the stunning scenery and ancient Roman history of one of the most photographed spots in Northumberland, located just a stone’s throw from our estate.
Discover what life was like for one of the Roman Empire’s most northern outposts as you wander the unusually well-preserved baths, steam room and officer’s quarters at Chesters Roman Fort. Here you’ll find an amazing collection of Roman artefacts and inscriptions to keep you entertained.
To help tire your canine companion, take to the ever-popular circular walking route that begins at the visitor centre and transports you through the Roman Forts and along the famous Hadrian’s Wall footpath to the iconic Sycamore Gap. You may want to venture off the beaten track, further north, past Greenlee Lough, where you will find miles of woodland trails that are perfect for your dog to explore.
The route can be challenging in places, especially for smaller dogs, so we recommend stopping off to enjoy a Walwick Hall packed lunch for a well-deserved rest and some very tempting treats courtesy of The Dining Room.
After a day of ancient discoveries, journey back to your luxury Northumberland cottage and make the most of access to our boutique Hotel and while away the time in our idyllic country spa for the perfect end to an eventful day. Soak up the feeling of total relaxation in our luxurious jacuzzi and glass-walled pool as you overlook the breathtaking Tyne Valley.
It’s a well-known fact that Northumberland occupies some of the most stunning stretches of coastline across the UK – and one not to be missed is Druridge Bay.
A magnificent and peaceful setting nestled within the heart of Northumberland, boasting seven miles of sweeping coastline, infringed with rugged dunes that are perfect for canines to concur, and a stunning lake surrounded by woods and meadows to explore.
With dogs permitted all year round, plus a fantastic play area and a selection of water sports for the younger ones to enjoy, Druridge Bay is a must for your family holiday to Northumberland.
Escape the hustle and bustle of city life at this enclave of tranquillity, situated in the heart of Newcastle. While just over half an hour away by car, we always recommend this spot to our guests who are looking to spend the day exploring the sites of vibrant Newcastle upon Tyne.
Stroll through the large network of paths and bridges to experience the sights of luscious greenery and stunning waterfalls, as well as the sounds of birds chirping and red squirrels burrowing away. It truly is a peaceful setting that will have you never wanting to leave, much to your companion’s delight!
For those seeking something closer to our countryside getaway, why not spend a few hours discovering our idyllic market towns? Hexham – a town recently awarded the Happiest Place to Live – with its beautiful Abbey and unique collection of vintage-inspired bookshops and independent retailers (many of which are dog-friendly) is just a short drive away.
While you’re there, why not discover Hexham Old Gaol, the earliest purpose-built prison in England. Delve into the history of the notorious Northumberland families, the Border Reivers, descend into the dungeon and imagine what a prisoner’s harsh fate would have looked like in the 1300s. With pets also welcome inside the museum, it’s a great activity for when the May showers set in.
Home to more castles than any other county in England, a visit to Northumberland wouldn’t be complete without exploring our famous fortresses, ghostly grounds and opulent staterooms.
One of our favourites is by far Warkworth Castle, especially in Springtime when a flood of daffodils illuminate the castle from the ground below.
Located just 38 miles from our luxury Stable Suites, the grand and impressive 12th-century Warkworth Castle is a perfect place for a family day out. Particularly during the school holidays, there is plenty on offer to keep the whole family entertained. Nevertheless, the beautiful castle setting and incredible history will keep you entranced no matter how long you stay or when you visit.
Your canine companion is welcome to join you at Warkworth Castle all year round. They can even join you on a boat trip down the beautiful River Coquet to explore the Hermitage. While you’re there, let them discover ultimate contentment as they bound free along Warkworth beach, located just a short walk away before returning to Chesters Stables where a comfy king-sized bed and a glass of wine from your welcome hamper will await your arrival.