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The Best Campsites and Touring Parks For Holidaying With Your Pet

 

We think there is nothing nicer than exploring the English countryside with a four-legged friend in tow.

In fact, old friends of Sail and Trail may have met, Finley, our little black Patterdale-Lakeland cross over the years at some of the shows we’ve done.

It’s with this in mind we’ve picked a handful of England’s most pet-friendly sites (Scottish, Welsh and Irish guides to follow!).

 

1)     Riverside Touring Park, Cumbria

Located between Carlisle and Keswick, Riverside Touring Park is a great starting place to explore Cumbria’s beautiful and dramatic countryside.

With quaint hamlets, fell walks and lakes nearby there is plenty to keep you and your dog occupied and if you are lucky, you may even spot a red squirrel.

The quiet but friendly site has all the amenities you’d expect and even offers free fishing in the riverbank.

Riverside is open all year but, while your dog is allowed with you, this is an adult only campsite so you’ll need to look elsewhere if you are looking for a family getaway.

Not sure it’s for your pet? Check out the  pretty  adorable snaps of these animals who have enjoyed a stay at the park.

Cost: £16 per night for a caravan or van with up to two people. First two dogs free.

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2) Lavender Fields Caravan Park, Cornwall

This beautiful campsite offers one of the most affordable ways to stay in Cornwall, and the best bit is, you can bring your dog, cat, hamster or budgie (well, so says their website!).

Situated just 10km from St Ives, Lavender Fields is in one of our favourite parts of Cornwall; tranquil, rugged and artsy.

There are lots of beach and countryside walks nearby and you could even pop over to the Isles of Scilly if you fancied it.

The site welcomes caravans, tourers and tents.

Cost: £10–£24 depending on season and pitch type.

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3) Ashcroft Farm, Devon

Ashcroft is a family run farm set in the type of rolling countryside that was just made for dogs to leap around in it!

Situated near Bideford, there are some lovely coastal walks nearby leading to good beaches for fishing, rockpooling and surfing.

The site is equipped with a wide range of facilities and even has day kennels f you can’t take your dog out with you. Should you wish to bring your own horse, there is also a DIY livery available.

The site has been certified at level five by the Camping and Caravanning Club and we’ve heard there is a pretty excellent fish and chip shop in nearby Woolsery too.

Cost: Prices start from £11.

4) Mill Hill Farm,Suffolk

Nestled in the beautiful bird-watching countryside of East Suffolk, Mill Hill Caravan and Camping Park is the perfect place for wildlife lovers.

The RSPB site of Minsmere (as featured on Springwatch) is just a couple of miles away and there are miles of country lanes to explore with your pet.

The gentrified old fishing towns of Aldeburgh and Southwold are just short drives away too if you fancy good food, beach walks and exploring the local craft scene.

Mill Hill is super environmentally friendly and uses low energy light bulbs and recycled materials on site as well as having a wind turbine to generate renewable energy.

The site is only open from 1st April until 31st October

Cost: £19 per night for two people

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5) Long Acres Touring Park, Lincolnshire

Historic Lincolnshire is filled with lots to do whatever the weather. The 5 star rated touring park is surrounded by wonderful old buildings such as the manors of Belton, Stamford and Burghley, Tattershall Castle and Monksthorpe Chapel.

There are also lots of lovely walks nearby as well as RSPB nature reserves and places you can fish, as well as a pub and shops within a mile.

Like all the caravan sites mentioned here, Long Acres has all the standard facilities like hot water showers and there is even an eco-friendly dog loo!

Long Acres is an adult only site and is open from March 1 to January 8.

Cost: £18-22 per night depending on season

 Know a great place to stay that your pet loves too? Tweet us @sail_trail we'd love to hear from you :)

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