Wales is truly heaven for any dog and planning a vacation with your best friend in one of the 14 regions of the country is a breeze thanks to the many dog-friendly attractions, parks, beaches, and accommodation. The country is a diverse and beautiful landscape which is ideally suited to the boundless energy of dogs and a wonderful country to explore. There are three regions of Wales which border England; North Wales Borderlands, the Brecon Beacons and Mid Wales, the Vale of Usk and the Wye Valley. Each of these regions has something spectacular to offer both you and your dog with attractions and nature abound.
The Three Bordering Regions
The North Wales Borderlands are an ideal place to visit for any culture enthusiast who is bringing their dog with them. Numerous attractions such as the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, castle ruins, and ancient market towns are dotted around this area, while wide open spaces and woodlands are exciting places to bring your dog in between attraction seeking.
To the south, the Vale of Usk and Wye Valley is a simply stunning setting. The Wye Valley is designed an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty while the region is home to the most castles per square kilometre in the United Kingdom. The area is also full of wonderful villages and towns where many of the local pubs and cafes welcome dogs such as Chepstow, Abergavenny, and Monmouth.
In between these two regions is perhaps the most famous – Mid Wales and the Brecon Beacons. Home to two national parks, this area is packed with an endless green landscape to explore with your companion. It is also home to the highest waterfall in the country should you (or more likely your dog!) fancy a dip.
Amazing Dog Walks
There are three major national parks in Wales, each of which offers the perfect setting for exploring with your dog. Snowdonia National Park is home to countless lakes, mountain peaks, and beaches, making it one of the top spots for dog walkers. The Brecon Beacons is famed for its varied and astonishing landscape, while a visit to Wales simply isn’t complete without a trip to the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. Here, you and your dog can explore the only national park which is mainly coastline. One of the top dog-friendly holiday destinations in the UK, your dog will love the openness of the area.
Many of the beaches around Wales are dog-friendly and you will be spoilt for choice when choosing which beach to explore with your dog. Traditional beaches such as Rhyl and Prestatyn, Llandudno, and Colwyn Bay offer the true British experience. However, if you want to get away from the crowds head to the Isle of Anglesey, home to many festivals but extremely tranquil when no event is being held. Another great area is Ceredigion, home to the Devil’s Bridge and numerous dog-friendly pubs and cafes. If you seek chic then Carmarthenshire is the place to go. Full of posh eateries and cosy country pubs, the majority of the town’s facilities are dog-friendly.
There are so many options for enjoying a dog friendly holiday in Wales, the beautiful scenery and endless dog activities make it perfect for taking your pooch away.
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