The best dog friendly places to visit in Northumberland
- By Walwick Hall
- June 29, 2021
When it comes to enjoying a Northumberland adventure with your loved ones, at Chesters Stables, we understand all too well how important it is having your four-legged family member join you during your special break. Fortunately, when venturing to our luxurious self-catered apartment suites in the heart of Northumberland, you don’t have to worry about leaving your dogs at home as they can experience your wonderful holiday with you in four of our stable suites here on the Walwick Hall Estate.
With so many things to do and places to explore during your luxury stay with us, we’ve compiled a list of just five of the many dog friendly places to visit in Northumberland, providing you with ultimate inspiration for your North East adventure.
Located a mere 6 miles from Chesters Stables in Hexham, sits the earliest purpose-built prison in England – the Old Gaol. Here, you can delve into the history of the notorious Northumberland families, the Border Reivers, descend into the dungeon, try the stocks, and imagine what a prisoner’s harsh fate would have looked like in the 1300s.
What’s more, beloved family pets are welcome inside to explore the museum, making it a perfect activity when the sun is replaced by showers.
A little further afield but well-worth the visit, Heatherslaw Light Railway is a wonderful activity that can be enjoyed during a romantic break to our region, or as part of a fun-filled trip with the whole family. Travel on this 15-inch gauge railway for 4 magical miles along the River Till, taking in the beautiful countryside views and looking out for local wildlife on the riverbank.
Stop off at Etal Station and wander into the village for a cup of tea before the return journey. Even better, dogs ride free on this railway and are actively encouraged to spend the day by their owners’ sides joining in on this experience.
Grand and impressive, the 12th-century Warkworth Castle is perched on a hilltop overlooking the River Croquet and located just 38 miles from our luxury apartment suites. Particularly during the school holidays, there is plenty on offer in regards to re-enactments and events to keep the whole family entertained. Aside from this, the beautiful castle setting and incredible history will keep you occupied no matter how long you stay.
In addition, your canine companion is welcome to join you at Warkworth Castle – followed by a boat trip down the River Coquet to explore the Hermitage, before your return journey back to Chesters Stables where comfy king-sized bed and glass of wine from your welcome hamper will await you.
It’s a well-known fact that beautiful, sandy beaches occupy Northumberland’s coastline – making them a must-see attraction as part of your North East itinerary. During the summer months, however, some beaches restrict access to dogs to ensure families can enjoy their picnics, uninterrupted.
One beach that remains open all year round, is the stunning Embleton beach. Less than an hour’s drive from our self-catered suites, this beautiful beach is completely dog friendly and even has a dog-friendly pub located nearby where you can drop by for a bite to eat.
Located just a couple of hundred metres away from the doors of our stable suites, sits the site of Chesters Roman Fort. See what life was like at one the Roman Empire’s most northern outposts and take a trip walking around the unusually well-preserved baths, steam room and officers’ quarters, discovering an amazing collection of Roman objects and inscriptions in the museum along the way.
While dogs aren’t allowed inside the museum, they’re more than welcome to join you on the site itself. For those of you who fancy spending a little more time exploring our local area, there’s a fantastic circular walking route that you and your dog can enjoy along Hadrian’s Wall and through the parish of Humshaugh, ending just a couple of minutes walk away from our estate. Upon finishing your walk, you can choose to join us at our boutique Hotel for drinks on the Terrace, or pop in for a delicious lunch overlooking the Tyne Valley before taking the short stroll back to your suite.
Whether you’re taking a trip with the extended family or are planning a relaxing break with someone special, bringing your dog along with you will undoubtedly ease your mind and remove the stresses of leaving them behind. Start planning your luxury holiday in Northumberland and take a look at our four dog-friendly stables suites – The Carriage House, The Foal, The Stalls and The Stallion – today.