Equally as beautiful as its neighbour the Lake District (but a heck of a lot quieter), the Yorkshire Dales has long been Britain’s best kept secret. Brimming with natural beauty, rich history and deep-rooted tradition, there’s plenty for you and the pup to do and see here in ‘God’s Own Country’.
Culture lovers will love exploring the emerald rolling hills and numerous quaint stone villages. Keen hikers will want to discover the Yorkshire Dales National Park’s landscape, where they’ll find picturesque views giving way to the rich, wild beauty of moors and fells.
After a busy day exploring, return to your gorgeous Yorkshire Dales cottage for a well-deserved soak in the hot tub or bath. From barn conversions big enough for all the gang to snug cottages perfect for a romantic retreat, our dog-friendly holiday cottages in the Yorkshire Dales are the perfect base for a relaxing getaway with the pooch.
Best walks in the Yorkshire Dales
Set off to explore the stunning natural scenery by foot (and paw). Boasting an endless array of routes, suitable for every level of hiker and pooch, the Yorkshire Dales National Park is the perfect place for walkies.
Glasshouses, Pateley Bridge and Nidderdale
Best for: Riverside rambles
Distance: 5.8 km
Time to complete: 3 hours
The easy going 5.8 km loop through Glasshouses, Pateley Bridge and Nidderdale is the perfect way to while away a sunny afternoon in the Yorkshire Dales. Stop halfway round in Pateley Bridge for a cuppa and slice of cake at Just Delicious - a lovely dog-friendly cafe.
Malham, Gordale Scar and Malham Cove
Best for: Some of the best views in the Dales
Distance: 12.1 km
Time to complete: 3 hours
The incredible route between Malham, Gordale Scar and Malham Cove takes you and the pup through enchanting woodlands, before clambering up a dramatic craggy outcrop and reaching the incredible limestone pavement up above.
Yorkshire Three Peaks
Best for: Energetic pups
Distance: 39.5 km
Time to complete: 12 hours
If you and the hound are feeling energetic, then why not take on the challenge of the Yorkshire Three Peaks? Tackle the Pennine peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough in under 12 hours.
Aysgarth: Woods and waterfalls
Best for: Beautiful natural scenery
Distance: 2.5 km
Time to complete: 1 hour
Aysgarth: Woods and waterfalls is a lovely, easy-going circular route which takes you and the pooch past the magnificent waterfalls out along the river, then through forest and fields and back to the falls again.
Muker to Thwaite Circular
Best for: A taste of the local landscape
Distance: 5 km
Time to complete:3 hours
The Muker to Thwaite Circular takes you past endless swathes of picturesque pastoral scenery. Starting and ending at The Farmers Arms (a great pet-friendly local), you’ll be rewarded for your efforts by breathtaking views of the village of Muker, nestled in the verdant valley.