For lovers of the great outdoors, Northumberland is one of the best counties in Britain. Not only is it sparsely populated, but more than a quarter is taken up by its award-winning national park, making it a haven of vast, open spaces.
Of course, here at Snaptrip, we know it’s not just humans who enjoy the magic of Northumberland. Mile after mile of rolling hills, fresh green fields, and clean, sandy coastline, make the county particularly popular with dogs.
For those planning a dog-friendly holiday in Northumberland, we want to make sure you’re never lost for things to do. That’s why we’ve turned the North East county upside down to uncover the very best things to do in Northumberland with dogs. If you like what you see, why not make a trip of it, with one of the best dog-friendly cottages in Northumberland.
Things to do in Northumberland with dogs
- Kielder Forest and Northumberland National Park
- Northumberland Coast, AONB
- Dunstanburgh Castle
- Holy Island
- Hadrian’s Wall
- Dog-friendly pubs
Kielder Forest and Northumberland National Park
Best for: Fresh air and star-filled skies
We know that a trip to the park doesn’t sound like the most original treat for you and your dog. But, trust us when we say these spaces are something special. Both Northumberland National Park and Kielder Forest are known for having some of the cleanest air in Britain. During the day, a walk here is a great way to clear your head, reboot your lungs and get your thoughts flowing.
At night, it means something visually spectacular. If you’re a fan of an after-dinner stroll, there’s nowhere better to be. When the sun goes down, these parks are overlooked by one of the clearest skies in Britain. For those visiting from the city, prepare to be staggered by just how many stars you can see. The word infinite is hard to grasp until you’ve looked up in Northumberland National Park.
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Northumberland Coast, AONB
Best for: Getting your dog over-excited
When it comes to tourist attractions, the Northumberland coastline is one of the best-stocked spots in Britain. As well as being an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it’s home to Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve, dozens of seaside towns and best of all, an array of award-winning dog-friendly beaches.
If your four-legged friend goes mad at the sight of the sea then head to Bamburgh Beach, our favourite pet-friendly part of the coast. Boasting one of the most atmospheric walks in the country, the sand dunes of Bamburgh have the foamy waters of the North Sea on one side and a majestic medieval castle on the other.
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Best for: Soaking up some history
Northumberland has more castles than any other county in England and luckily for the more cultured canines out there, many of them are happy to welcome dogs. If your four-legged friend is looking to soak up some history, our top pick to visit is Dunstanburgh Castle. Even by the standards of medieval fortresses, this ancient stronghold was an imposing structure.
Originally built as a safe haven for Earl Thomas of Lancaster, today the ruins are a great place to wander amongst the fresh coastal air. If Dunstanburgh only sharpens your appetite for more dog-friendly historical spots, another great pick is Bamburgh Castle. Nestled near our favourite dog-friendly beach, while dogs aren’t allowed in the high-tea rooms, there are acres of gorgeous grounds to explore.
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Best for: A mysterious feel
Twice a day, the tides rise, and Holy Island is cut off from the rest of the world. An island, a picturesque village, and our vote for the best walking route in Northumberland, this mysterious national trust spot oozes magic and is the kind of place that causes legends to be born.
If you’re after a dog-friendly destination that will make your jaw drop, then look no further. While our four-legged friends aren’t allowed inside the mystic castle itself, they have free reign of the grounds. To make sure you see the best parts of the island, we recommend a circular four-mile route, starting from the car park at the north side of the village.
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Best for: Stepping back through time
Of course, we can’t talk about Northumberland’s dog walking routes without also mentioning the mother of them all. The 73-mile coast-to-coast stretch of stunning scenery that is Hadrian’s Wall. You and your pooch can explore almost 2,000 years of history, discovering the remains of forts, turrets, towers and towns amongst some of England’s most photogenic views.
For those craving Roman architecture but don’t know if they’ve got the full 73-mile hike in them, we recommend taking the shorter route up toward Housesteads Roman Fort. This leisurely stroll passes through forests, beside lakes and finishes an incredible fort, left abandoned over a century and a half ago.
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Dog friendly pubs
Best for: Getting cosy inside
Not all dog-friendly fun takes place outdoors. Northumberland is home to hundreds of delightful dog-friendly pubs. Here, dog owners can kick back beneath oak-beamed ceilings, and share a choice cut of local lamb with their faithful hound.
If you’re after a Snaptrip recommendation, we’re fans of the Joiners Arms, a gorgeous gastro-bar in Newton-by-the-Sea. Here, you’ll get a traditional country pub feel, served alongside inventive contemporary cuisine. Best of all, dogs aren’t just welcome here; they’re more popular than people. Call ahead and your pooch might even get a little extra complimentary pampering.
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