Yorkshire's dog-friendly towns and villages

Elianne Reed 19 February 2019

One of the big draws of Yorkshire for many visitors (aside from the stunning countryside) is that so many towns and villages across the North York Moors, Yorkshire Dales and Yorkshire Coast are so dog-friendly.

You’ll find an array of dog-friendly pubs, cafes, restaurants, shops and of course holiday cottages. Here is just a small selection of some of Yorkshire’s dog-friendly towns and villages.


Malton was recently named the UK’s most dog-friendly town and there’s lots of places here that you can happily take your four-legged friend to. Dog-friendly places to eat include No.46 Café Bar, The Talbot and The Hidden Monkey and there’s plenty of walks to try (and country pubs to visit) in the surrounding Howardian Hills.

Where to stay: Low Burn Cottage or Secret View


Lovely Helmsley is the only market town in the North York Moors and doggies will be welcomed in many of Helmsley’s independent shops, tearooms and pubs. Helmsley Walled Garden and Helmsley Castle both welcome dogs on leads in their grounds.

Dogs can accompany owners to The Vine House Café in Helmsley Walled Garden and this lovely eatery is fully licenced with bowls of water available for doggies.

Where to stay: Coco or St Aidans

Pateley Bridge

Pretty Pateley Bridge has a beautiful setting in the rolling hills of Nidderdale so you’ll find no shortage of places to take your dog for a stroll including The Nidderdale Way which takes in an assortment of villages in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Dog-friendly pubs within the village include The Crown Inn and The Bridge Inn. Just outside Pateley Bridge is The Half Moon Inn at Fellbeck and Glasshouse at The Birch Tree Inn.

Where to stay: The Gamekeeper or Bluebell of Lofthouse


Richmond is always a good choice for a mooch around and there’s a selection of dog-friendly cafes and pubs to try in this Georgian market town. Top choices include The Black Lion Hotel, The Castle Tavern and Mocha (where you can pick up some hand-made chocolates to go with your coffee).

Walk your dog up to Richmond Castle to enjoy a rather impressive view of the town of head along the river to nearby Easby Abbey.

Where to stay: Castle & Cobbles

Robin Hood’s Bay

There’s something rather magical about the traditional fishing village of Robin Hoods Bay. The maze of cottages seem to cling onto the edge of the cliff as they tumble down towards the beach with secret alleyways, nooks and crannies to explore.

There’s a good selection of shops, pubs, cafes and restaurants to choose from in the village too and many of them are dog-friendly.

Our top picks include Tea, Toast and Post and The Bay Hotel and Restaurant.

You’ll always see plenty of happy doggies on a walk around Robin Hoods Bay – not least on the dog-friendly beach where they can take a paddle in the sea.

Where to stay: Swallow Cottage or Lilly’s Cottage


You’ll find the market town of Leyburn on the cusp of Wensleydale and there’s lots of dog-friendly options to visit in the town including The Leyburn Bolton Arms and The Sandpiper Inn.

Nearby places to visit include villages like West Witton (home to The Wensleydale Heifer) and beautiful Aysgarth Falls. The Wensleydale Railway is a tourist line which stops at Leyburn and the delightful traditional trains are dog-friendly too.

Where to stay: Mouse Manor or Waterside Cottage


The market town of Kirkbymoorside makes a great base for exploring the North York Moors – especially as pretty Hutton-le-Hole is just a short walk away where you’ll find the dog-friendly Ryedale Folk Museum and Crown Inn.

In Kirkbymoorside itself The Penny Bank Café is a great place to stop with your dog for a bite to eat or a coffee. There’s a good choice of dog-friendly pubs in Kirkbymoorside too.

Where to stay: The Escape or Barley Cottage


The Yorkshire Coast village of Sandsend has a lovely beach which makes the perfect spot for a brisk walk with the dog – you can even walk along the beach to nearby Whitby for some tasty fish and chips.

The Witsend and Sandsend Cafes look out towards the sea and are both dog-friendly too.

Where to stay: The School House Sandsend


Middleham is one of our favourite Wensleydale villages (or is it a small town?) which is famous for its many racehorses and Middleham Castle. Although you will have to keep dogs on a lead while the horses are on their way to the gallops, you’ll find an assortment of dog-friendly pubs including Richard III and The White Swan.

Other pretty villages nearby include East Witton which is home to renowned dog-friendly gastro pub The Blue Lion.


The 360 degrees from Reeth village green make a visit to this Swaledale village a must! You’ll find plenty of dogs enjoying a walk along the river (with their owners of course).

They will be welcome at the pubs in Reeth as well as in nearby villages such as Grinton, Low Row and Muker. The Punch Bowl Inn at Low Row and The Farmers Arms in Muker are both well-renowned foodie pubs to try.

Where to stay: Lawn House or Bramble Bottom

We have a superb range of dog-friendly cottages in a range of Yorkshire towns or villages. Have a look at our portfolio for inspiration.

Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.

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