Dogs need holidays at Tranquil Parks too

Dogs are very welcome at 42 of our adult only caravan parks and campsites. In fact most of Tranquil Parks owners, managers and wardens are dog owners themselves. So they understand that dogs are part of your family when going on holiday and taking breaks.

You can see all the dog friendly parks on our Dog Friendly Caravan Parks page. If you’d like to see them on a map go to Discover our Parks, click on ‘Search by Features’ and select ‘Dog Friendly.’

We also know that many of you have more than one dog so in this special report we look at how many dogs you can take to each of our member parks. Most parks make a small additional charge for dogs, usually between £1 and £3.00 per night and we have shown the parks where there is no additional charge. We’ve also highlighted what’s close by for dogs and the wonderful extras that parks have added to make sure our canine guests enjoy their stay just as much as their humans.

Pooch perfect doggie etiquette

All parks require canine guests to behave calmly and quietly on site and owners must keep them under close control. It’s important that all guests are able to enjoy a relaxing stay at Tranquil Parks!  Owners must pick up after their fur babies and keep them on a lead or tie stake around pitches. Breeds banned under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 amended earlier this year, are not accepted at any parks. If you have a breed or a dog that looks like a breed that may cause concern, please check with the park before you book.

Safety first

It’s very important not to leave dogs in your motorhome, caraan or vehicle unattended. Not only is this very dangerous for their health on a hot day, but some dogs can become very anxious and disruptive if left alone.

Dogs are not the only pets we welcome

When we talk about pet friendly holidays, we’re usually referring to dogs. But we asked the parks what other animals they have hosted and found that cats, tortoises, rabbits, birds in cages and even chameleons have stayed on site in caravans, motorhomes and campervans. There’s no charge for these pets as they stay in their unit or on the pitch. If you are planning to travel with an unusual pet, please contact the park in advance.

Below we are featuring the parks that responded to our requests for information by region from South to North. We also show the maximum number of dogs per pitch or unit, or the park’s policy on accepting dogs. We hope you find this information helpful

The West Country

Killiwerris Touring Park near Truro, Cornwall

Maximum: 2 (free of charge) park owners use discretion for more

From Killiwerris you can walk straight onto the bridleways around the area from a path on the park. These will take you to Chacewater and Blackwater villages. The park has a hot/cold dog shower and a dog convenience area is currently being created for the 2025 season, if not before.

Many Cornish beaches are very dog friendly all year round including Perranporth, one of the biggest local beaches which is around 4.5 miles away. Most of the pubs, cafes and restaurants in the area are dog friendly, including in the local villages.

The park owners love to welcome dogs onto their site, but please ensure that you can fully manage your dog and meet expectations, suc as keeping them on a lead on site and being respectrul to other guests.

Woodland Springs Touring Park, Dartmoor, Devon

Maximum: 3

Woodland Springs is very dog friendly for quiet and well behaved furry friends and family.  There are two fully fenced secure dog exercise areas, the main one being a 1 acre mown field, which has an all-weather area with professional grade dog agility equipment. Tennis balls are free for guests to use and there are facilities for disposing dog waste.

A public bridle path directly from the site allows for a short walk through fields, linking up with a small, quiet country lane. For longer walks, a 5-10 minute drive takes you into the heart of Dartmoor with literally unlimited options for roaming open moorland, forest or river walks. Popular walks include Castle Drogo, Fingle Bridge and Fernworthy Reservoir.

 

Back of Beyond Touring Camping & Glamping Park, Dorset

Maximum: 2 (staff may use their discretion to accept more)

The Back of Beyond team welcome well behaved dogs and have plenty for them to do. You can go for great walks without leaving the park as there is an 18 acre area of woodland to explore off lead. There’s also a dog shower for muddy paws (a small charge applies), dog treats for sale in the shop and at Monty’s Bar as well as dog beer! Doggy guests receive a welcome pack on arrival with gravy bones and poo bags.

Guests can also access the Castleman Trailway and Moors Valley Country Park, plus walks to Avon Heath Country Park and Hurn Forest  – maps available in reception. The New Forest is a short drive away with hundreds of miles of walking tracks and there are also beaches that stay dog friendly all year round, such as Hengistbury Head.

Exe Valley Caravan Site, Exmoor Devon

Maximum: 3

Exe Valley Caravan Site has a beautiful dog walk where dogs can access the shallow river, with steps to help humans down to the river too. The park has a warm dog wash, specially designed so that owners do not have to bend down or pick up their dogs to wash them.

There are 7 walks directly from the site that have been written up for guests to follow. Exmoor is great for dogs with its vast expanses of moorland and wooded valleys, where they can roam free. A favourite place is the famous Tarr Steps where dogs love to splash in the river and go on circular walks. Exmoor National Park has produced various routes (Classic, Explorer and Strolls) which are on sale in the shop.

The park owners tell us they have yet to find any restaurant pub or tearoom on Exmoor that does not accept dogs. It’s a canine paradise and many doggie families visit purely because it is so dog friendly. Many returning dogs get very excited on arrival when they rememer the wonderful times they have had at Exe Valley!

Plese note: Prior approval required for birds.

Greenacres Touring Park, Wellington, Somerset

Maximum: 3 (no charge)

Green Acres Touring Park has a lane outside the park gate where you can walk your dog, plus a small dog area on site. The nearby pub, the Skylark has an area where dogs can accompany guests to dine.

Old Oaks Touring Camping & Glamping Park near Glastonbury, Somerset

Maximum: 3

The Old Oaks is super dog friendly and provides lots on site for them and their owners to enjoy their stay. Facilities include a 300m secure dog run, a 3 acre dog field, a newly revamped ‘dog beach’ area around the dogs’ swimming pond, plus a paddling pool for the less adventurous in hot weather.

There is a hot dog shower with shampoo provided and this has new steps to make access easier for larger dogs. You will also find ‘dog stops’ around the park where you can secure your dog while you shop  or use the facilities. You can buy food, treats, toys, ice cream and leads for dogs in the campsite shop’s large dog section. The park has a dedicated washing machine and dryer for dog bedding or towels, etc. All glamping is dog friendly. There are 8 dog waste bins around the park plus a dog bag dinspenser.

There’s lots of walking directly from the park and free maps are provided. See the park’s website page on walks. Glastonbury is very dog firendly and Old Oaks have information about about places to go on their website. Please be sure to follow these rules to ensure that all guests can enjoy a peaceful and relaxing stay.

Bath Chew Valley Caravan Park

Maximum 2 (free of charge)

Bath Chew Valley Caravan Park guests benefits from almost all the staff being dog owners. This means they understand how to provide for their pets’ needs in the local area, know the adjacent areas for walking and off-lead exercise and are happy to share their knowledge and experience for the enjoyment of guests.

Onsite dog facilities include a 150-metre long dog walk. It is grassed with an all-weather gravelled footpath for owners’ comfort. The dog walk is fenced with a gated entrances at both sides of the park, where you’ll find a bin, waste bags and water bowls.

Information panels at the park entrance and on the park’s WiFi hub display dog walks directly from the park and further afield. The Chew Valley Lake Recreational Trail is a 2.2 mile lakeside trail 10 minutes walk from the park entrance, leading to other dog walking opportunities along its route. These include Knwole Hill, ideal of off-lead exercise for energetic breeds, with panoramic lake views. The River Chew Pathway leads from Chew Dam to Chew Magna village with opportunities to stop off for lunch at a dog friendly pub. Rising behind the park, Burledge Hill is a walk along a footpath behind the Red Lion Inn, where you’ll be rewarded with fantastic lake views. Energetic walkers can tackle the ridgeway along to Herriotts Pool, a round trip of just over 4 miles.

The nearby Red Lion Inn, a few moments walk from the park is renowned for being very dog friendly. In fact, out of the dozen local pubs and resaurants, the park team could only think of one which does not allow dogs in the dining room. Pet food and supplies are available from the village shop, 10 minutes walk from the park.

More dog friendly Tranquil Parks in the West Country

Cardinney Camping Park

Penzance, Cornwall

Quiet and relaxing family run park. Set in just under 5 acres of thoughtfully landscaped pitches, maturely hedged.

Trethem Mill Touring Park

St Mawes, Cornwall.

Explore the stunning Roseland Peninsula on the South coast of Cornwall staying at our family owned and run AA 5-Pennant Platinum and 5-star Gold multi award winning Park

Moorview Touring Park

Ivybridge, Devon

Delightful touring park that captures the essence of tranquility and natural beauty of South Devon

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Waterrow Touring Park

Taunton, Somerset

The ‘Garden in the Valley’ is an award-winning, 5-star graded caravan park. Ideal base for relaxation or to explore Exmoor and the Somerset coast.

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Wells Touring Park

Wells, Somerset

One of Somerset’s finest 5-star parks, ideally located within walking distance to many attractions, local pubs and restaurants.

Briarfields Motel and Touring Park

Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

Briarfields Park is a friendly park in a lively area, conveniently located just one mile from the M5 motorway. The park offers easy access to both Regency Cheltenham and Historic Gloucester via a 24-hour bus service right outside the park, as well as a new off-road cycle path and footpath.

East of England

Run Cottage Touring Park, Hollesley, Suffolk

Maximum: 2 (no charge)

At Run Cottage Touring Park the dog friendly family team provide an enclosed dog walk on site as well as plenty of fresh water and yummy treats in the office. They have lots of great dog walks from the site as they have a shingle beach 1.5 miles away, and miles of forest on either side, so there’s plenty to explore locally. Rendelsham forest (3 miles away) is a great place for walking, with different lengths of trails to suit all types of dogs (and owners). At Shingle Street beach your dog can take a dip in the sea to cool off.

They have plenty of information on walks from the site and further afield. The Dog Orchard, 9 miles away, is a pre-bookable apple orchard that you can rent by the hour to have to yourself. There’s also a dog swimming lake and gravel beach called the Cove for rent. The local foot ferrry is also dog friendly so you can take your dog o a trip up the River Deben.

The local pub 500 yards away is one of many dog friendly places to eat nearby, which also include the Sorrel Horse Inn, some great circular walks, and the Suffolk Punch Trust (heavy horse centre) café and a nearby small farm café.

 

Fields End Water Caravan Park, Lodges & Fishery, Cambridgeshire

Maximum: 4

The team at Fields End Water love dogs and enjoy seeing them having a fun and restful holiday. You’ll find a large off-lead dog area with agility equipment, plus a 2km circular walk around the park which is marked and mapped. The team are creating a dog shower for this season.

A public footpath runs by the park, leading onto many miles of walking and the area has many popular ares for dog walking. The onsite café is very dog friendly, as is The Anchor Pub in Wimblington.

 

 

Two Mills Touring Park, near North Walsham, Norfolk

Maximum: usually 2

Two Mills has a private woodland walk around the park, where dogs must be kept on a lead, as well as an enclosed area where they can run around and play. From the park’s top gate there are quiet country roads which are excellent for walking. You can also walk across the footpath into the market town of North Walsham (25 minutes) where practically everywhere is dog friendly.

There is a larger exercise field for dogs a 5 minute drive away and there are several woods and beaches nearby which have some dog friendly sections throughout the summer months. Local pubs and restaurants are all dog friendly.

Wales

South Wales Touring Park near Llanelli

Maximum 3 (call to discuss for more)

The South Wales Touring Park team say that it’s important to remember that dogs need a break too! So this hillside park provides a doggie exercise field and shower (35°C). Canine guests receive a bag of treats and poo bags on arrival.

There is a lovely river walk from the park round Troserch Woods (about 45 minutes – info in the Welcome Pack). The nearest local dog friendly place to eat is the local bistro/pub/restaurant Tafarn y Morlais in the local village Llangennech. See dog information ont he park’s website.

Red Kite Touring Park, Powys, Mid Wales

No maximum

Red Kite Touring Park takes pride in being an exceptionally dog friendly park. From welcome gravy bones (and additional gravy bones often offered from wardens’ pockets), to a range of dog facilities there’s plenty to keep them happy. All they ask is that doggie guests follow some simple rules of etiquette.

The park has a large 10 acre dog walk which well behaved dogs with good recall can enjoy off the lead. Here you’ll find the doggy pool. They also have a smaller, fully enclosed training area for pooches that might need a bit more personal space, or whose recall is still a work in progress. All the staff ask is that those who let their dogs off the lead call their dog back to them when they see a dog approaching and respect others’ need for space. There is also a hot/cold salon-standard dog shower with adjustable pressure, doggy shampoo and fur dryer.

In Llanidloes The Red Lion and The Mount Inn are both dog friendly pubs. The Great Oak Cafe and The Hanging Gardens are also dog friendly. Both are walkable from the site. The Bull and Heifer is a little further (approx 1/2 hour). There are several good dog walks straight from the park including:

  • Pen Yr Allt Woods half a mile away with plenty of different walking routes throughout the woods,
  • The 3 mile scenic walk to Llanidloes the follows the Sabrina Way (there is one stile along theis walk that dogs may need assistance getting over), and
  •  The very popular out-and-back trail to Clywedog Dam (7.5 mile in total, 3.75mile each way). 

If you don’t mind a short drive, Hafren Forest (15 mins and some single track road) is a popular dog walking area with tracks ranging from a 3/4 mile fully accessible trail along the River Severn, to an 8 mile hike to the river’s source. Elan Valley (1/2 hour away) is easily accessible in motorhomes. You can walk alongside the reservoirs (accessible track) or explore a mix for forest trails to another reservoir. Hafod Estate (45 minutes) has disabled parking and a mix of walking options.

Yr Helig / The Willow near Abersoch, Llyn Peninsula

Maximum: none set, but the park likes to know the temperament if more than 3.

At Yr Helig / The Willows Caravan & Camping Park on the stunning Llyn Peninsula near Abersoch, the 2-acre exercise field is now fenced and gated with benches positioned around the field so owners can relax and enjoy the setting. In the office there are free little doggie treats for good girls and boys. Maps specifying local walks and dog friendly beaches are in the Tourist Information Cabin, as is information on which of the various cafes and restaurants in the area welcome dogs.

More dog friendly Tranquil Parks in Wales

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Three Castles Country Caravan Park

Abergavenny, Wales

A park with excellent facilities in serene Welsh countryside. Central for Abergavenny, Monmouth, The Wye Valley and Forest of Dean.

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Daisy Bank Touring Caravan Park

Powys, Wales

Located in the unspoilt countryside, boarding Shropshire and Powys, open all year round for tourers and motorhomers looking for the ultimate getaway.

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Tyddyn Du Touring Park

Penmaenmawr, Conwy

Enjoy stunning coastal views and 5-star deluxe amenities. Choose for exploring the coast from Caernarfon to the Snowdonia National Park.

East and West Midlands

Eye Kettleby Lakes near Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire

Maximum: 3

Each of the Eye Kettleby Lakes touring sites has its own secure dog walking area and warm dog shower. The tearoom and bar has a dog friendly lounge and the reception and shop are also dog friendly, where you can buy dog treats, dog food and dog toys.

From the site you can walk to Great Dalby, which is the nearest village to Eye Kettleby Lakes. The village has a dog firendly pub called The Royal Oak. Many visitors also walk into Melton Mowbray (about 3 miles away) with their dogs. There are numerous dog friendly places to eat in Melton Mowbray and nearby villlages.

There are many popular dog walking areas within 5 miles, including Melton Country Park and Burrough Hill. If you travel about 15 miles or more, you can reach Rutland Water and Foxton Locks. See the park’s dog friendly holidays page for more.

 

Delph Bank Touring Park, between Spalding and King’s Lynn, Lincolnshire

Maximum: 4

Delph Bank Touring park welcomes all kinds of well behaved pets. The park has an extensive dog walk along a disused railway line, now grassed over with wonderful countryside views across the Fens. This dog walk leads to a 2-acre paddock where dogs can run around off the lead. There are dog treats in the park shop, including award winning Blyton Ice Cream made just for dogs in North Lincolnshire.

The park team have plenty of information about local walks in the countryside and on dog friendly beaches such as Snettisham, Holme-next-the-Sea Hunstanton and Heacham South and North. and you can find all  the information in a folder in the information centre. Most local pubs and cafes welcome dogs, including the Rose and Crown in the local village, Fleet Hargate.

 

Grooby’s Pit near Skegness, Lincolnshire

Maximum: 3 (free of charge)*

Grooby’s Pit has a fully fenced exercise area where dogs can be off the lead (one customer at a time). There is a purpose-built indoor dog shower with a ramp for easy access and warm water set at the perfect temperature for dogs. There are free range hens on site, so it’s even more important for dogs not to wander off the pitch and must be kept attached, even behind dog fences, wind breaks, etc. You can also bring your fur baby for a spot of glamping in the ensuite lakeside shepherd hut ‘Squirrel Hideaway’.

As Grooby’s Pit is located next to the Steeping River, you can walk in either direction along its banks for as many miles as you wish. Inside the information pod you can find details of a 1 hour circular walk from the park. There is also information on places to visit with dogs, including restaurants and pubs.

*Full or part breeds of Doberman, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Rottweiler and Bull Terriers are not accepted.

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Somers Wood Caravan Park

Meriden, Warwickshire

A warm welcome awaits you at 5-star Somers Wood. Stonebridge Golf Centre and Packington Fishing Lakes are adjacent to the park.

New Lodge Farm

Bulwick, Northants

Set in an attractive rural location of the Rockingham Forest on a working farm. Immaculate five star facilities are in beautifully converted farm barns.

Keal Lodge Caravan Park

Deeping St James (Nr Stamford), Lincolnshire.

Our multiple award winning site is in south Lincolnshire, near Stamford. We are situated in a quiet rural lane. Fully serviced pitches. The site is level and lawned.

Cartref Caravan and Camping Site

Nr Shewsbury, Shropshire. SY5 9GD

Award winning, family-owned park set in rural Shropshire. Appreciate the manicured site and peaceful surroundings on your private pitch with hedged borders.

Stretton Lakes Touring Park

Stretton Lakes, Oakham, Leicestershire

A beautiful 5 star park with south facing views over our fishing lakes and the valley beyond. Located in Rutland, close to Rutland Water, and the Market towns of Oakham, Stamford and Melton Mowbray.

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Long Acres Touring Park

Boston, Lincolnshire

5-star touring park with a warm and friendly atmosphere. Centrally located for exploring the market towns and seaside resorts of Lincolnshire.

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Longnor Wood Holiday Park

Buxton, Derbyshire

Rated AA 5-star, Longnor Wood Holiday Park is a select, friendly adult-only touring park in the ‘heart’ of the Peak District National Park.

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Cherry Tree Springs Touring Park

Sutton-on-Sea, Lincolnshire

Delightful park within a short walk from miles of ‘dog friendly’ golden sands and ‘blue-flag’ beaches at Sutton On Sea on the Lincolnshire coast.

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Wolds View Country Park

Caistor, Lincolnshire

Set in the Lincolnshire Wolds, in an area of outstanding natural beauty. A 5-star touring park with pristine, modern and eco-friendly facilities.

Brookside Country Park

Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire

Picture perfect, tranquil setting caravan park. The hidden gem of North Lincolnshire.

North of England

York Naburn Lock Caravan Park near York

Maximum: 3

A truly dog friendly site, York Naburn Lock offers dogs the opportunity to enjoy 10 acres of on site dog walks, coupled with the riverside meadows along the River Ouse. The park also offers convenient doggie waste bins around the park and an indulgent doggie shower to deal with muddy paws or for a cool-down on a hot summer’s day. Dog food and doggie toys are available at the campsite convenienece shop.

The local pub, The Blacksmith’s Arms, is dog friendly with a good sized beer garden, offering a less stressful environment for dining out. If you want to explore the centre of York (about 5 miles away) the bus service that departs from the park entrance is dog friendly too.

The park’s dog exercise area leads directly from the park to Naburn Lock, one of the country’s earliest examples of canal engineering. One of the River Ouse walks is a 4.6 mile long path that takes you into the centre of York, passing through beautiful countryside and wildlife habitats as you go. The paths are flat and mostly traffic free.

Overbrook Caravan Park, Thornton Le Dale, North Yorkshire

Maximum: 3

At Overbrook you’ll find a small dog exercie area and a warm dog shower for furry friends. There are some great walks around the nearby village Thornton Le Dale, which has two dog friendly pubs. You can walk to Dalby Forest from the park, where there are many trails. Great beaches (restrictions may apply at certain times of year on some) and the expanse of the North York Moors are a short drive away.

A great idea from Overbrook is a special tags for your dog;s collar which you can use during your stay. It says “I’m on holiday at Overbrook” and gives the park contact details should you get separated while exploring the area.

Green Acres Caravan Park Cumbria

Maximum: 3

Green Acres Caravan Park provides  an exercise field and a woodland dog walk which leads to a public footpath. Great places for walking nearby include Kingmoor Nature Reserve, Rickerby Park, Gelt Woods and many more. There’s a walk information folder in the Tourist Cabin.

When it comes to eating out, Houghton Hall Garden Centre is dog friendly and you can walk there from the park. There are also plenty of pubs in the area that welcome dogs.

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Lamb Cottage Caravan Park

Northwich, Cheshire

Offering 5*, facilities, meticulous landscaping and a peaceful atmosphere, Lamb Cottage is in the heart of the Cheshire countryside with many must-see places near by

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Blue Rose Country Caravan Park

Brandesburton, East Yorkshire

A truly picture-perfect country park, renowned for its customer care and meticulously kept grounds, offering a gateway to all the East Coast.

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York Caravan Park

North Yorkshire

You won’t feel cramped on this 5-star country park’s spacious, serviced hardstandings in the City of York. Relax around the fishing lake and picnic area.

Chain Bridge Touring Caravan Site

Northumberland

A peaceful country park with high-grade facilities, ideal for exploring the Northumberland coast and the Scottish Borders.

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For more detailed information on where you can walk to from directly from each Tranquil Park see our article: Where can you walk to from the park?

To find out about dog friendly accommodation see our report: Accommodation Choices at Tranquil Parks in 2024

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