Before we had Bobby we hadn’t been on a camping trip as a family, or with a dog. The good news is, there’s no need to leave your furiend at home. Pack up your tent and your pawsome friend and away you go. The fresh air and long walks make for waggy tails and big smiles all round. We just had the perfect holiday in Wales for all the family. Sunshine, seaside and sand galore.
Looking for a pet-friendly campsite can be a thankless task, just when you think you’ve found the ideal accommodation only to come across the dreaded words; “Sorry – no dogs allowed” or “No dogs allowed during the peak season”. Yes, we’ve come across both which is why I thought I would share our favourites.
As I write this post, in August 2021 we have now ventured on three family camping trips and all were dog friendly campsites in the UK. All in the space of 12 months, and definitely something we plan to do more of. As we visit more I will add the ones we recommend to this post.
Dog friendly campsites in the UK
1. BFG Camping, Abergele, Wales – nestled in the Welsh countryside. You are within a few minutes drive to beaches (Colwyn Bay, Conwy, Llandudno) and seaside towns. Views over the Welsh hills and of the owners working farm, you really cannot go wrong. You are allocated a pitch although on booking direct you can request a pitch and the owners will do their best to accommodate you. There are some great locations on site for friends camping together. The facilities are fantastic, with a shower and toilet block that was better than some hotels we have stayed in. You have fresh running water and an electric hook up per pitch and share a washing area, laundry and freezer. Each pitch has more than enough room for your dog to be on a stake and long cable.
2. The Waggon and Horses, Congleton (Eaton) – situated in the ground of a country pub
Such a great find. Perfect for a two night stay. And with the added benefit of it being on the grounds of the Waggon and Horses Country Pub you can grab some awesome food from the outside grill. There are facilities on camp including a playground, toilet and shower room. Also, running water and waste bins. And if you are a customer of the pub you can use the facilities inside. Definitely an added bonus. The staff, service and friendly approach really was excellent. You are free to pitch up at your leisure which is great as you get to choose your spot but sadly if some folk are a little inconsiderate then it could (and did) get a little crowded but only on our second night. You are so close to some awesome walking routes. We’ll definitely stay here again.
3. Cefn Coed, Snowdonia, Wales – this was our first camping trip, we learned a lot on this trip, had a great time and it gave us the camping bug. Our friends who are seasoned campers invited us along. We were all new to the site, what was different about this one was that it was classed as ‘Wild Camping’, with no facilities on site (with the exception of a toilet), no running water (although I believe this has since changed). We chose to camp in the fields so we could be together but there was the option to camp deeper into the woods, the spots looked fantastic with some awesome views. We also had incredible views of the National Park. There was so much space for the children and some great walks all around which were accessible and often led to a pub! Highly recommended.
And that’s my Dog friendly campsites in the UK
If you are looking for help on what to pack for a camping adventure with your dog then do look at this post. And for more information on our stay at Cefn Coed check out this post.