When heading off on tour with your canine companion, you’ll want to ensure you’ve chosen a dog friendly caravan park.
There are plenty of sites that accept our four-legged friends – in fact, 98 of the campsites that featured in our recent Top 100 Sites Guide welcome dogs. However, while some places tolerate dogs, we wanted to highlight some of the sites that offer your pooches a truly warm welcome with facilities to match.
In this guide, we’ll take you through our selection of some of the best dog friendly caravan sites in the UK, so you can make sure your pooch will have an enjoyable touring experience.
Don’t forget, if you’re looking for some helpful tips for taking your canine away with you, be sure to check out our guide to touring with pets.
The best dog friendly caravan parks are…
1. Red Kite Touring Park
2. St Helens Caravan Park
3. Back of Beyond
4. Beech Croft Farm
5. Old Oaks Touring Park
6. Concierge Camping
7. Blue Hills Touring Park
8. Skelwith Fold
9. Tanner Farm Park
10. Poston Mill
Red Kite Touring Park
Address: Van Road, Llanidloes, Powys, Mid Wales SY18 6NG, http://www.redkitetouringpark.co.uk/
Fantastic dog walks are the order of the day at Red Kite Touring Park. Set within 20 acres, this adults-only site in Wales has a special dog-walking area, while a dog wash can be found in the toilet block building. There’s even a separate exercise area for your pet, as well as a canine pond.
Heading off site, you can embark on a stroll to the quaint market town of Llanidloes or set off along the Severn Way.
The site also made it onto our round-up of the best caravan sites in the UK, as well as our best caravan parks in Wales guide.
If you fancy taking in some beautiful Welsh scenery when you’re out with your canine, Red Kite Touring Park could be for you.
St Helens Caravan Park
Address: Wykeham, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO13 9QD, https://www.sthelenscaravanpark.co.uk/
A three acre dog run is certain to provide your four-legged friend with all of the exercise they could need. The entire site is 36 acres and is sure to offer a wonderfully relaxed touring experience.
Based in Scarborough and found on the edge of the North York Moors National Park, you have the choice of heading there as a family or staying in one of the 30 adults-only pitches, allowing you to choose the type of touring experience that suits you best.
Head here to experience the delights of Scarborough and take in the wonders of the North York Moors National Park.
Back of Beyond
Address: 234a Ringwood Road, St. Leonards, East Moors Lane, East Dorset, BH24 2SB, https://www.backofbeyondtouringpark.co.uk/
Peace and quiet for you and your dog will be guaranteed with a stay at Back of Beyond. Set in 30 acres of Dorset countryside – made up of woods, heathland, lakes and a river – this campsite has an array of of natural habitats for wildlife and any four-legged guests to enjoy. A large dog walking area will keep your pet entertained, while you can also let them off the lead in the 18 acres of private woodland.
A hallmark of a dog friendly caravan park will be a dog wash station, and that’s on offer here.
Should you feel like venturing further afield, a trip to the New Forest is just one of the nearby spots to visit. If you’re looking to take more than two dogs with you, be sure to contact the site first though.
If you want to take your dog to a caravan site which has a variety of different routes and nearby locations that are just waiting to be explored, Back of Beyond is worth considering.
Beech Croft Farm
Address: Beech Croft Farm, Blackwell, Taddington, SK17 9TQ, https://beechcroftfarm.co.uk/
Dogs are certainly welcome at the Derbyshire-based Beech Croft Farm.
There’s no extra charge to take your canine companion with you to this site that is found halfway between Buxton and Bakewell, and there’s a dog exercise area so you can ensure that they are able to let off any extra steam. Should it be a wet day and they get mucky, you’ll be able to clean their paws in the Boot, Bike and Dog wash, thanks to the cold water tap outside the facilities, a sure way to keep any muddy prints in your caravan to a minimum.
It’s handy that there are two nearby doggy day care businesses to contact if you want to head somewhere that doesn’t allow pets too.
A relaxed visit to the Peak District with your canine in tow sounds like a dream to us!
Old Oaks Touring Park
Address: Wick Farm, Wick, Glastonbury, Somerset, BA6 8JS, https://www.theoldoaks.co.uk/
The overall winner of the best caravan park for 2022, Old Oaks Touring Park provides a warm welcome for up to three dogs per pitch. On site, you’ll find a warm water dog shower – complete with free canine shampoo – to cut down on muddy paw prints in your van after a walk in the countryside. If any dog blankets or towels need a bit of a clean, the dedicated washing machine and dryer will come in useful too.
Plus, who could say no to their four-legged friend trying some of the locally sourced dog ice cream? It’s made especially for your pet and makes the perfect treat.
If you want to take your dog for a spot of pampering at the site that was the overall winner in our Top 100 Sites Guide, Old Oaks is the perfect touring destination to choose.
Address: Ratham Estate, West Ashling, Chichester, West Sussex. PO18 8DL, https://www.conciergecamping.co.uk/
Concierge Camping provides a truly relaxing camping experience for both you and your pet. The dog friendly caravan site will allow you to take up to three canines per pitch. Once there, you will find a selection of beautiful walks to choose from in the vicinity, as well as a dog walking area that you can access directly from the campsite.
A nice touch with each pitch is the hedging that frames them – this provides some welcome privacy for both you and your pooch.
Visit here if you feel like a relaxed, luxurious trip with your pet in stunning surroundings, and like the idea of having a bit of privacy.
Blue Hills Touring Park
Address: Cross Coombe, Trevellas, St Agnes, Cornwall, TR5 0XP, https://bluehillscamping.co.uk/
This Cornish campsite has no limit to the number of dogs that are allowed – instead, they just ask for them to be well behaved and managed. There will be plenty to keep your pooch occupied here, with a playing field for well-behaved dogs, a hose down area and numerous water bowls dotted around the site.
From Blue Hills, it will be easy to access the South West Coast Path – although it is recommended that you keep your dog on the lead. There are also a variety of dog friendly beaches nearby, including Trevellas Porth, which is only 10 minutes walk away and welcomes them all year long.
If your dog has a hankering to go to the beach, Blue Hills Camping could be the site to head to.
Address: Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 0HY, https://www.skelwith.com/
Set in the Lake District, Skelwith Fold allows campers to bring up to three dogs per caravan. When you’re there, there are a wide array of walks to choose from, with miles of woodland to explore, a large recreation field that is ideal for an extendable lead outing, and of course, the Lake District itself. Lake Windermere is only a short walk away too.
After returning from a ramble, the dog wash will allow you to clean up your pet before you return to the van for a well earned rest.
A relaxing stay in the Lake District always ticks the boxes, and Skelwith will provide a perfect base for letting you and your pet get the most from the area.
Tanner Farm Park
Address: Goudhurst Rd, Marden, Kent, TN12 9ND, https://www.tannerfarmpark.co.uk/dogs/
The picturesque Tanner Farm provides a peaceful location to get away to with your pet. Surrounded by beautiful woodland, farmland and apple orchards, you’ll find there are a selection of dog walks to join straight from the site.
The river walk always proves popular, and the dog wash on site will come in handy when you’ve returned to your caravan.
Peaceful surroundings and a choice of dog walks make this Kent campsite a worthy addition to our list.
Address: Peterchurch, Hereford, Herefordshire, HR2 0SF, https://postonmill.co.uk/
A 10 acre dog field will allow your pooch to roam to their heart’s content at Poston Mill. The dog wash and blow dry area will also help to keep the interior of your caravan clean.
For added ease, the campsite can provide a list of dog friendly restaurants in the area, so you can eat out with your faithful companion curled up at your feet.
There are plenty of walks to head to from the campsite too – for instance Croft Castle, where dogs are allowed into the gardens and parkland, so long as they are kept on a lead.
Good dog facilities and plenty of nearby walks to embark on make Poston Mill a great campsite to consider.
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Astonishing – from the beautiful grounds to the seriously excellent dog-walk, everything about the site is perfect.