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Yorkshire’s dog-friendly towns and villages

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.

Yorkshire's Most Dog-Friendly towns and villages

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

Malton is the UK's most dog-friendly town

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.

Dog-friendly Low Burn Cottage in Malton

Where to stay: Low Burn Cottage or Secret View

Helmsley

Helmsley Tea Rooms and Coffee Shops

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.

Helmsley Walled Garden in Helmsley is dog-friendly

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.

Dog-friendly Coco in Helmsley

Where to stay: Coco or St Aidans

Pateley Bridge

Pateley Bridge is a very dog-friendly Nidderdale village

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.

Nidderdale

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

Richmond is a Georgian market town in Swaledale

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).

Many of the independent shop and cafes in Richmond are dog-friendly

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.

Dog-friendly Richmond

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.

Find out why Robin Hoods Bay is one of the most loved coastal destinations in the UK

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.

The Bay Hotel and Restaurant is a dog-friendly place to eat

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

Robin Hoods Bay is a dog-friendly village in Robin Hoods Bay

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

Leyburn

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.

The Wensleydale Heifer is a dog-friendly restaurant in West Witton

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.

Dog-friendly Leyburn

Where to stay: Mouse Manor or Waterside Cottage

Kirkbymoorside

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.

Family-friendly Yorkshire Attraction, North York Moors

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.

Dog-friendly - The Escape

Where to stay: The Escape or Barley Cottage

Sandsend

48 hours on the Yorkshire Coast

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.

Walk along the beach from Whitby to Sandsend

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

Where to stay: The School House Sandsend

Middleham

The picture-postcard town of Middleham is set in the heart of Wensleydale.

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.

The Blue Lion in East Witton is one of Yorkshire's most popular gastro pubs

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

Reeth

Talk a riverside walk from Reeth to Grinton

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).

The Farmer's Arms Muker - Dog-friendly Pub Yorkshire Dales

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

Consider dog-friendly touches in your holiday cottage

Gorgeous Cottages are the booking agents for a range of dog-friendly cottages in a range of Yorkshire towns or villages.  If you are wondering where to take your dog on holiday next, give the team a call on 01642 263 249.

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