Suffolk Staycations Are Perfect For Your Canine Pal
Looking for the perfect destination for the entire family? Here’s why dogs are always most welcome in Suffolk.
Suffolk has ranked the third highest county in the UK in terms of green space, according to government data. It’s little surprise then, that the region is so popular for dog-friendly staycations. Any dog owner knows how distressing it can be to venture on a holiday without their beloved friend. Separation anxiety, the stress of finding appropriate dog boarding facilities and of course the financial cost of parting can all put a dampener on your holiday before it’s even begun. To save you and your pup the distress of being apart, why not treat the entire family to a trip to Suffolk for your next staycation?
Dog Friendly Accommodation
Wondering where would be the best place to stay with your four-legged friend? The county offers everything from Suffolk holiday cottages and hotels to budget campsites at the other end of the scale. When selecting your accommodation, be sure to check about any restrictions which might be in place, such as whether dogs are allowed in the guest rooms. You’ll also want to take note of the amount of outdoor space available with your accommodation.
If you’re hoping to access some of Suffolk’s spectacular coastal walks during your staycation, then you won’t be disappointed. One of the top reasons that the county is so attractive to pet owners is because of the availability of dog-friendly beaches in the area. All of the beaches in Suffolk are open from October to April, without any restrictions for dogs. If you’re holidaying during peak season, over the summer, then you can still bring your dog but you’ll notice some restrictions in play. These will be clearly signposted in places such as Aldeburgh, Felixstowe or Lowestoft. However, if you head to somewhere like Dunwich Heath, which is a National Trust site, then happily this is free for dogs to enjoy all year round. You can even visit the tearoom there for some refreshments to catch your breath during an outing.
Does your dog like to splash around? Suffolk offers plenty of locations for wild swimming so long as you’re confident in the ability of your pup and that the currents aren’t too strong on the day. You might like to check out the River Waveney at Outney Common or the River Stour at Flatford for a splash and a dip.
As well as stretching your legs along the coast, you can also head inland to view some truly unforgettable scenery with your canine pal. The Dedham Vale, also known as Constable Country, is one of the most beautiful natural landscapes you’ll come across in the region. Whether you’re wandering along the riverside, or taking in thatched cottages and charming bridges, you’re bound to fall in love with rural life in this quiet part of Suffolk. Your dog is also sure to love going on an adventure in Rendlesham Forest, which offers circular trails through woods and heathland. Suffolk is home to plenty of dog-friendly pubs for you to recharge your batteries at during your trip. Make sure to plan a great spot for lunch before you set out.
It’s easy to see why Suffolk features in the top 10 of best staycation destinations in the UK. When it comes to booking your next holiday, don’t forget that holidays are for sharing and your pup would love to join you.