Making dogs welcome at our parks
Doggie deals and special facilities
Do you like to take your four-legged family members on holiday? Being able to take them with you is what makes touring, camping or glamping so enjoyable for so many of our guests.
That’s why almost all Tranquil Parks welcome dogs. And some have really gone the extra mile to make sure every possible need is catered for.
Our parks expect doggie guests to be well behaved, and you’ll have to keep them on a short lead around the pitches. But many parks have a designated dog exercise area where they can run free.
There’s so much on offer for dogs that we can’t include everything, so here are some highlights from our parks…
Dogs stay for free
These parks would like you to know about their no charge policy for dogs:
- Bath Chew Valley Caravan Park, Somerset (up to 2 per pitch) – more details below
- Killiwerris Touring Park in Cornwall – it’s also worth bearing in mind that many Cornish beaches and pubs are dog friendly
- Woodland Springs – no limit on the number of dogs or breeds – see details below
Agility course at Fields End Water
Does your dog like a challenge? There’s something a bit different at Field End Water Caravan Park, Lodges & Fishery in Cambridgeshire: a dog agility course in the ‘off-the-lead’ area.
Red Kite welcomes dogs of all sizes
All dogs, big and small are welcome at Red Kite Touring Park in Powys. The park has a 10-acre dog walk with enclosed dog exercise area. To keep pets clean and warm, the park has a bespoke dog wash with temperature controlled shower and a drying/grooming station. There’s also a pond especially for dogs,.
Old Oaks doggie upgrades 2019
Old Oaks Touring Camping and Glamping Park near Glastonbury in Somerset has introduced several doggie enhancements this year. With a 300m enclosed dog exercise area, a dog shower with hot water and free dog shampoo, the park is already very dog friendly. There’s even a dedicated washing machine and dryer for dog bedding. This year’s upgrades include:
- A pool in the 300m enclosed dog exercise area during warm weather
- Henry’s Healthy Dog Treats made with all dog friendly ingredients
- A Scoops dog ice cream freezer
- Raw dog food because it’s been difficult for guests to store enough frozen raw food for longer stays
Dog pod and more at Longnor Wood
Longnor Wood Holiday Park near the Peak District in Derbyshire has a 4-acre dog walk with wonderful views. If you’re looking for accommodation, dogs can stay in the Yew pod, in 3 of the static caravans and 4 of the lodges. This year, the park has refurbished the dog wash and introduced a new ‘doggy corner’ to the shop.
Back of Beyond woodland walkies
There’s a super-sized dog exercise area at Back of Beyond Touring Park in Dorset. Dogs can explore off the lead in 18 acres of private woodland – and keep cool when the weather’s hot.
Being located close to the New Forest and South Coast, there’s plenty of choice for dog walks in the local area. If they get muddy or sandy, you can give them a warm shower at Back of Beyond’s dog wash station. Good doggies get rewarded with ice cream and special treats in the reception shop.
Need accommodation? Dogs can stay in the Back of Beyond shepherd huts, lodges and the smaller-sized pod.
Dog sitting and guide at Llwynifan Farm
South Wales Touring Park in Carmarthenshire is very dog friendly, but there are several attractions in the area that don’t allow pets. The park has therefore teamed up with a local dog sitting company so that you can visit these places. The service is registered with the local authority and you need to give at least 2 days’ notice to book.
The park management have thoughtfully put together a guide to dog friendly attractions and pubs in the area, and the park terms and conditions for dogs are actually written for dogs!
Lamb Cottage caters for all doggie needs
Canine companions have plenty of opportunity to stretch their legs at Lamb Cottage touring park in Cheshire. The enclosed woodland-style dog walk runs across the back of the park. There’s also a heated dog wash and dog water bowls around the park to make sure four-legged visitors don’t get too thirsty.
A dog friendly and highly rated pub, The Plough Inn, is within walking distance from the park, and the Blue Cap pub is just a short drive away.
Grooby’s Pit takes the biscuit
Dogs get a biscuit on arrival at Grooby’s Pit near Skegness in Lincolnshire. In addition to the new dedicated warm dog shower, there’s a fully fenced exercise area and dog bags and bins are provided. The park is surrounded by perfect countryside for dog walks such as the coast and Gibraltar Point Nature Reserve, a short drive away. Alternatively, you can simply follow the river bank from the park or use the map in the information pod.
Unfortunately, there have been a number of incidents with certain breeds involving the resident ducks and chickens. So please check whether your breed will be admitted.
Delph Bank’s historic dog walk
The picturesque onsite dog walk at Delph Bank Touring Park in Lincolnshire is a bit different. Covering 2 acres, the walk follows the route of the old Fleet Light Railway line. It even has the original platform dating back to circa 1910.
The Willows loves furry family guests
The Willows Caravan and Camping Park near Abersoch in North Wales is so dog friendly it’s a winner of the Pet Friendly Site Best Place to Stay award, and there’s no restriction on the number of dogs you can bring! If you want to glamp, there’s a special pod for pups called The Chillout Pod. Park facilities and services include:
- A 2-acre dog exercise are which is closely mown with some long grass areas and waste bin
- A great 2-mile walk from the site including country lanes, a large common with spectacular panoramic sea and mountain views
- A hose to wash off the sand after a visit to the many dog friendly beaches nearby
- Doggie ties dotted around the site for your convenience
- A dedicated dog information section for cafes, pubs restaurants, beaches
Tail wagging holidays at Bath Chew Valley Caravan Park
As we’ve mentioned above, up to two dogs can stay for free per pitch. The park is located in a great area for dog walking between the dog friendly community of Bishop Sutton and Chew Valley Lake, and close to the Mendip Hills. Here’s a quick guide to the facilities full details are on the website:
- On-site dog walk extends 150m along two sides of the caravan park with two entrances for guests’ convenience
- Waste bags and bins at dog walk entrances
- Drinking bowls provided
- The dog-friendly Red Lion Inn is a few minutes’ walk from the park
- Free guides to dog friendly attractions and local walks in the information room and internet kiosk
- Dog and cat foods available in the village store, a few minutes’ walk from the park (an emergency supply is available in reception)
- Veterinary Services are available in Chew Magna (3 miles)
Woodland Springs’ ultimate dog deals
Not only are dogs free at Woodland Springs Touring Park in Dartmoor, Devon, there are no restrictions on the number of dogs or breeds. What’s more, the park has an acre of open land on site where dogs can run off the lead. Dogs are even allowed in the camping pods.
On those days where you want to go somewhere without your dog, the park has onsite day kennels for rent. Most places in the Dartmoor National Park are dog friendly, however. In fact, Dartmoor and the Teign Valley are hard to beat for dog walking.
New Lodge Farm hosts agility champion
Set in a rural location in the heart of the Rockingham Forest in Northamptonshire, New Lodge Farm also welcomes dogs. Last year, they had a winner of the Agility Dog Trials staying.
New exercise area and luxury accommodation at Eye Kettleby Lakes
There’s a new dog run at Eye Kettleby Lakes Touring Park near Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire. Open this year, the new 3-acre exercise area is next to the park’s touring sites, so guests can let their dogs run off the lead.
Eye Kettleby Lakes, Overall Winner of Top 100 Sites 2019, also has dog washing facilities on both touring sites, while in the clubhouse everyone’s catered for. There’s a dog friendly side with fresh water, where humans can enjoy breakfast, lunch or a piece of cake. In the clubhouse convenience shop you’ll find dog food, treats, poo bags, etc., along with essentials like milk, eggs and bread.
If you don’t have a holiday home on wheels, how about a dog friendly luxury glamping pod with a fenced garden? Alternatively there are luxury lodges with a gated patio area and complementary dog biscuits!
Take your dog along the local public footpaths from the park and you can get to Melton Mowbray (3 miles) or a local farm shop (1.5 miles).
More dog friendly Tranquil Parks
We’ve only been able to highlight a few dog friendly options here, but you’ll find that the following Tranquil Parks also welcome dogs:
- Chainbridge Touring Caravan Site, Northumberland
- Green Acres Caravan Park, Cumbria
- Overbrook Caravan Park, North Yorkshire
- York Caravan Park
- Charoland Farm, Lancashire
- Manor House Park
- Blue Rose Country Park, East Riding of Yorkshire
- Brookside Country Park, Lincolnshire
- Wolds View Touring Park, Lincolnshire
- Cherry Tree Springs Touring Park, Lincolnshire
- Long Acres Touring Park, Lincolnshire
- Tyddn Du Touring Park, Conwy
- Daisy Bank Touring Caravan Park, Powys
- Wheathill Touring Park, Shropshire
- Two Mills Touring Park, Norfolk
- Greendale Farm Caravan & Camping Park, Rutland
- Eye Kettleby Lakes Touring Park, Leicestershire
- Stroud Hill Park, Cambridgshire
- Somers Wood Caravan Park, North Warwickshire
- Run Cottage Touring Park
- Briarfields Motel & Touring Park
- Three Castles Country Caravan Park
- Plough Lane Caravan Site
- Waterrow Touring Park
- Wells Touring Park
- Greenacres Touring Park
- Moor View Park
Parks that cannot take dogs are Hallsdown Farm Touring Park, a working sheep farm in Devon, and Wayfarers Caravan Park in Cornwall.