Your dog will love a cottage holiday in Ludlow
Surrounded by the spectacular Shropshire Hills, Ludlow is a superb holiday destination at any time of year. Book one of our dog-friendly cottages in Ludlow and you’ll have access to busy shopping centres, superb places to eat, and astonishing architecture. Beyond the town, there are craggy hills to explore, peppered with Iron Age forts and crumbling ruins. Why go through the stress of leaving your four-legged friend in a kennel when you can share the experience with them?
You can’t go to Ludlow and not spend some time soaking up the sights of its castle. During the summer, you’ll find it acts as the headquarters for several of the town’s festivals. Dogs on leads are welcome and during the summer you’ll find dog-bowls strategically placed throughout the grounds. Whether or not you’re a history buff, the castle’s ragged majesty is wonderfully impressive, and your dog will find plenty of new and enticing smells to keep him occupied.
If you’re looking for somewhere dog-friendly to eat, it seems only appropriate to head to Woofferton. Just 15 minutes’ drive from most of our dog-friendly cottages in Ludlow, Woofferton is home to The Salwey Arms pub. Dogs are allowed into both the bar and the rear garden, making it an ideal place to grab a bite, whether you’re visiting in the heat of summer or during the cooler months. 10 minutes in the other direction, you’ll find The Bennets End Inn, which serves excellent pub grub and even has snacks and treats set aside for its canine customers.
Dog-friendly things to do
With its history evident in almost every brick and some of Britain’s best countryside to take some lengthy walkies in, Ludlow has plenty to offer dog owners and their faithful companions. If you’ve never been before and aren’t sure where to start, we’ve put together a few of our favourite dog-friendly haunts, to help you make the most of your break:
Located just outside the town, Mortimer Forest is a firm favourite with dog owners and walkers alike. Unspoilt and with some fantastic views of the surrounding countryside, it’s a superb place or some off-the-leash fun, whatever the weather. When the sun’s out, look out for picnic tables and benches. During wet or colder months, the all-weather trails are a great chance for a stroll without getting too muddy.
Whitcliffe Common Nature Reserve
Sliced in two by the River Teme, the Whitcliffe Common Nature Reserve is a patchwork of grassland, heath and forests. During the summer, it’s one of the few places you’ll see butterflies in abundance, and the views of Ludlow are spectacular. A perfect exercise spot for overenergetic dogs!
If you fancy a day out with a difference, hop in the car and head to Shrewsbury. It’s home to Victoria Quay, where you can hop aboard Sabrina, Shrewsbury’s very own passenger boat, and cruise along the River Severn. Dogs are welcome on the outer decks and bowls of water are provided.