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Paw-some Days Out

There are plenty of adventures you and your K9 companions can go on while staying in Northumberland.

We have made a list of our Top 10 Ulti-mutt Days out! 

 

 If you're struggling to find something to do that your furry friend can also join in with while staying in Northumberland, here are a few ideas that have been tested by our K9 Roaming Reporters. 

 

1. Northumberland National Park 

 

A designated "Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty" the Northumberland National Park is perfect for those who enjoy outdoor adventures with their K9 sidekicks!

With plenty of trails, viewpoints and picnic stops - it makes for a busy day out! For more information, visit the Northumberland National Park website.

 

      Louis enjoying a long walk at Ingram Valley, part of the National Park

 

2. Craster and Dunstanburgh Castle 

 

A small fishing village on the Northumberland Coast, Craster is famous for its Smoked Kippers. 

The walk from Craster along to Dunstanburgh Castle has been voted one of Britains Favourite Walks. Passing Craster Harbour and heading through the fields looking out to the North Sea, the picturesque walk is aprox 1.5 Miles long. 

Although now just a ruin, Dunstanburgh Castle was built on a magnificent scale and rivalled every other Castle of its day. Dogs are very welcome in the Castle grounds, providing they are kept on a lead at all times. For more information, visit the National Trust website.

 

3. Cragside Gardens 

 

Welcome to the world of Lord Armstrong, a Victorian Inventor and Landscape Genius. 

Unfortunatley, dogs are not allowed in the house - however they are welcome in all outdoor areas such as the incredible Cragside Gardens. One of the largest rock gardens in Europe leads down to the Iron Bridge, which in turn leads to the formal garden. With a Labyrinth and an adventure play area for children, and a network of paths and tunnels to explore, Cragside is perfect for the whole family including your furry friend! 

 

4. Sail Around The Farnes

 

If you take a wander down to Seahouses Harbour, you will find a variety of huts offering Boat Trips to the Farne Islands - many of them welcome dogs on board too! 

Each boat tour offers a slightly different experience, so for more information head down to Seahouses Harbour and take a look at what each has to offer! 

 

       

                  Louis loved watching all the birds while sailing on Serenity II

 

5. Holy Island and Lindisfarne Priory 

 

Lying just a few miles off the Northumberland Coast, this Historic Island is cut off twice a day from the rest of the world by fast moving tides. Your K9 companion will love the walk around the Island, exploring the streets, the long stretch of beach and the countryside trails. 

As well as the abunance of trails to follow, dogs are also welcome in the ground of The Lindisfarne Priory providing they are on a lead at all times. With panoramic views and picnic spots, you can escape the hustle and bustle of life. For more information, visit the English Heritage website.

 

6. Barter Books, Alnwick 

 

If it's looking like a grey and rainy day, why not head to Barter Books in Alnwick! 

This once busy Victorian Railway Station is now home to the largest secondhand book shop in Britain and a Book Worms Haven! 

The inviting ambience includes an open fire, cosy seats and The Station Buffet which offers a variety of refreshments from soups and sandwiches, to hotdogs and rarebit, a range of teas, coffees and wine!

All dogs are welcome at Barter Books. For more information, visit their website

 

7. Warkworth Castle 

 

Situated next to the River Coquet, this cross-shaped keep once dominated the landscape. Now just a ruin, vistors can explore the history behind the Castle and its many famous owners. 

Dogs are very welcome to explore the ground, providing they are on a lead. 

 

8. Northumberlandia, The Lady of The North

 

This unique piece of public art is set in a 46 acre community park. Made out of 1.5 million tonnes of rock, clay and soil - she is 100 feet high and a quater of a mile long. 

Dogs are very welcome in the park aslong as they are on a lead. 

 

9. Seahouses to Bamburgh 

 

These two villages along the Northumberland Coast are linked by a fantastic, dog friendly beach. The 3 mile stretch is ideal for allowing you and your K9 friend to stretch your legs and enjoy the beautiful Sea Side. 

 

10. Aln Valley Railway 

 

 The Alnwick Branch Line was a railway line which ran from Alnmouth to Alnwick - a distance of 2.75 mile. 

Although the railway station still exisits in Alnwick, a road bypass and other commercial developments no longer make it viable to recreate the full origional run. Instead, a brand new railway station and visitor centre has been constructed by volunteers have followed part of the origional trackbed. 

Aln Valley Rail has "Ride On" events available throughout the year - which welcomes dogs as long as they don't jump on the seats! 

 

And lastly, why not Pitch Up at The Pub!

 

We couldn't forget to mention the MANY Dog Friendly Pubs, Restaurants and Cafes in Northumberland. 

After a busy day of adventuring, there are plenty of Dog Friendly places to choose from. For more information, check out our Dog Friendly Pub Guide - which is always being updated. 

 

           

                    "Pint of Bottom-Sniffer please, woof!" 

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