Best Dog Friendly Cottages in Northumberland
From coast to countryside, the county of Northumberland offers something for all explorers to discover. Why not escape the everyday bustle for a few days? Our dog-friendly cottages are the perfect base for relaxing and unwinding, in the company of your four-legged friend.
Experience tranquillity in the Northumberland National Park, or head to the seaside and enjoy the splendid coastal views from the fishing villages of the Northumberland Coast - a recognised Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Wherever you decide to stay, you can rest assured that natural beauty is never too far from the doorstep of your dog-friendly holiday cottage.
Our dog-friendly cottages are dotted all over Northumberland, giving you plenty of choice. Looking for a secluded holiday home in Otterburn with a private hot tub? Or, perhaps a coastal cottage in Bamburgh is just what you need to relax? For special breaks, you’ll also find an excellent choice of luxury cottages, complete with swimming pools and tennis courts! Whichever dream property you have in mind, you’ll find it with our special offers here at Dog Friendly Cottages.
Best dog-friendly walks in Northumberland
Get tails wagging with these popular dog-friendly walking routes located around Northumberland.
1. Holy Island Circular Walk
Best for: Enjoying sea views around the historic Lindisfarne Castle
Time to complete: Two hours and a half hours
Distance: Four and a half miles
For an easygoing stroll along the coast, try the Holy Island Circular Walk. Holy Island is a popular spot for seal watching, and there’s even a dog-friendly pub along the route. Remember to check the tide times before you head out, as the island won’t be accessible at high tide.
2. Allan Banks and Staward Gorge
Best for: Spotting the local riverside wildlife
Time to complete: Four and a half hours
Distance: Five and a half miles
While not the shortest or easiest path, the Allan Banks and Staward Gorge route in Hexham is ideal for those who enjoy a full day of walking. From woodlands to riverside tracks, there’s plenty to see along the way. It’s great for dogs, who can cool down in the river on warmer days!
3. The Foxton Walk
Best for: Enjoying the peaceful countryside views
Time to complete: Around two hours
Distance: Three and a half miles
A Northumberland holiday wouldn’t be complete without a walk in the countryside. The Foxton Walk starts at the rural village of Lesbury and takes you along the scenic River Aln track. Ideal for dog walkers, and perfect for taking a picnic along to.
4. The Hethpool Wild Goat Walk
Best for: Keeping an eye out for the resident Cheviot goats!
Time to complete: One and a half hours
Distance: Two miles
The Hethpool Wild Goat Walk near Wooler is a great route for a family-friendly walk in the Northumberland countryside. Along the way, you’ll enjoy views of the nearby waterfall, as well as the local Cheviot goats!
5. The Rothbury Riverside Walk
Best for: An easy stroll along the river
Time to complete: One mile
Distance: One hour
The Rothbury Riverside Walk is an excellent route for those who just want a nice, easy stroll. The route along the River Coquet near Rothbury is particularly beautiful in the summer months, although it’s lovely throughout the year!
Best dog-friendly beaches in Northumberland
If you prefer the coast to the countryside, then here are some of the best pet-friendly beaches in Northumberland.
1. Alnmouth Beach
Best for: Going barefoot on the soft, golden sands
2. Bamburgh Castle Beach
Best for: A peaceful spot to watch the waves rolling in
If you’ll be staying close to the coastal town of Bamburgh, then you’ll definitely want to make a visit to the nearby Bamburgh Castle Beach. A popular spot for surfing, you can enjoy watching the waves roll by as your dog sniffs the fresh sea air!
3. Druridge Bay
Best for: Letting the dogs run wild among the dunes
Druridge Bay is a sandy stretch of coastline, popular with windsurfers. Backed by big grassy dunes, they’re perfect for letting the dogs run and tire themselves out! A few miles along the coast, you’ll find a dog-friendly pub to refuel at.
4. Cresswell Beach
Best for: Escaping the crowds and finding a quiet haven
If you’re someone who loves discovering quiet, hidden gems while away, then Cresswell Beach near Ashington is for you. This soft, sandy coastline is rarely busy, giving you the opportunity to enjoy the gorgeous views in total peace and quiet.
5. Newton Haven Beach
Best for: Bringing your wetsuit along for a refreshing beach swim
If you find it impossible to visit the beach without having a good swim, then Newton Haven Beach near Alnwick is certainly worth a visit. It’s also great for keen birdwatchers so make sure to keep an eye out for the resident wildlife!
Things to do in Northumberland
There's plenty of great dog-friendly attractions in Northumberland. Here's a few of our favourites.
1. Kielder Forest Park
Best for: Immersing yourself in the natural beauty of Northumberland
One of England’s largest forests, Kielder Forest Park is home to a number of fantastic woodland and lakeside walks. An absolute haven for wildlife, if you’re lucky, you’ll be able to spot the local ospreys and otters in their natural habitat. The main 26-mile path is accessible for all, including dog-walkers, cyclists and wheelchair users.
2. Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve
Best for: Picturesque walks with the pooch
The Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve near Belford spans a huge 8,750 acres along the Northumbrian coastline. First founded to protect the migrating birdlife, it’s now a popular walking destination for visitors and locals alike. Keep an eye out for the cute grey seals as you enjoy the many walking routes in this scenic area.
3. The Alnwick Garden
Best for: Being amazed at the incredible variety of plants and flowers
On sunny days, head over to The Alnwick Garden to marvel at its gorgeous flower displays. The rose garden, which is home to over 300 rose plants, smells absolutely incredible during the summer months. You can even take a tour around the Poison Garden - where you’ll discover over 100 toxic plants!
4. Hadrian’s Wall
Best for: Discovering a slice of Northumberland history
For budding historians, a visit to Northumberland would not be complete without a visit to Hadrian’s Wall. Built back in 128AD (that’s 1,982 years ago!), this stone-built wall was a defensive fortification for the Roman Empire. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you can take a walk along its historic national trail near Brampton.
Best for: A picturesque hike with your furry friend!
If you’ve packed your walking boots, then you’ll definitely want to explore the undisturbed beauty of the Simonside Hills near Rothbury. Steeped in history, you’ll discover Bronze Age swords and ancient cairns as you navigate your way along the heather-laden ridge.