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Dog Friendly Holidays
Famed for its heritage and unspoilt landscapes, it’s no wonder that Ryedale is one of the best places in the UK for time-travelling with your dog. You can:
Take a steam train ride on the Britain’s most popular heritage railway, the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, journeying through 24 miles of stunning moorland between Pickering and Whitby (and don’t forget to stop off at the ‘Harry Potter’ station of Hogsmeade at Goathland).
Fancy visiting a witch’s hovel? Or an Elizabethan Manor, Victorian Parlour, 1950s Post Office, or Prehistoric Roundhouse? Ryedale Folk Museum is rare in the UK: while most historic houses have a closed door policy to dogs, here dogs can explore the outs & ins of over twenty historic buildings, reconstructed with painstaking detail - from the pantry to the privy - to bring 2000 years of rural history vividly to life, complete with orchards, vintage vehicles, and even pigs and goats.
Ancient history? Ryedale has some of the most important archaeological landscapes in the UK, and is particularly famed for its wealth of ancient castles and abbeys: dogs can explore the romantic ruins of local English Heritage sites Byland Abbey, Kirkham Priory, Pickering Castle and Helmsley Castle and Rievaulx Abbey – each of which has fantastic dog-walking nearby (in fact, Helmsley Castle and Rievaulx Abbey are connected by a woodland walk along the Cleveland Way National Trail).
Relive the sights and sounds of wartime Britain, from music hall to mess huts, at multi-award winning Eden Camp, Britain’s largest museum of military and social history from 1914 onwards.
At the National Trust’s Rievaulx Terrace, dogs can not only enjoy walking through the grand 18th-century landscaped garden with its spectacular vistas across the surrounding countryside and Rievaulx Abbey, but will also discover ‘Terrace Treasures’ – an intriguing ‘hide or seek’ outdoor sculpture trail produced by top local artists.
The Smelly Trail: walking’s a perfumed treat in Ryedale’s smelly trail through the area’s dog-friendly gardens, where everyone can enjoy a sniff of history. Dogs can wander through the fragrant ‘garden rooms’ of 250 year-old Helmsley Walled Garden, which once served the aristocratic kitchens of nearby Duncombe Park. The gardens, spanning five acres, include many heritage species in the borders, and also a restored fruiting orchard – the produce is often used in their Victorian Vinery café, where dogs have exclusive seating! Dogs can also enjoy a sensory relaxing stroll through the Wolds Way Lavender and Herb Farm, which is famed for its centuries-old distillation of lavender oil, an ancient therapeutic remedy.
Bils & Rye Art Gallery, one of Britain’s rare dog-friendly art studios, are reversing history. While dogs have been the favourite subject of artists for centuries, at Nick and Kate’s Kirkbymoorside art studio – which specialises in eye-catching exhibitions of sculpture and ceramics by the UK’s finest contemporary artists - dogs can become the connoisseur, welcome as guests to the studio, and even to bark their opinions on the art…
Give your dog a bone at Castle Howard: the stunning 1000 acre parkland of Britain’s finest stately home is at the heart of Ryedale’s Howardian Hills, designated a rare UK Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It makes wonderful dog-walking country, and while you refresh yourself with a cuppa and cake at one of Castle Howard’s four tea-rooms or restaurants, your dog can enjoy a free bone from the award-winning Farm Shop butchery.
Eating’s a Treat! Many of the region’s historic and characterful pubs welcome dogs in their bar and garden areas, but these are proud to offer a full ‘backstage pass’ to dogs: The White Swan in Newton upon Rawcliffe; the Crown Hotel in Hutton le Hole; the Royal Oak, Nunnington; and in Pickering, dogs can enjoy the nation’s favourite seaside treat at Cappleman’s Fish & Chip Restaurant; or there’s No.4 Wine Bar; and Poppies Tea Room. The Royal Oak in Gillamoor has also created an exclusive area in their restaurant for dogs, so no-one misses out on their delicious, locally-sourced food! Dogs are also welcome at Cropton’s New Inn, which boasts one of the UK’s top independent breweries, as well as delicious bar food.
Pathways to the Past: there’s plenty to bark about with wonderful walking through the historic parkland of grand country estates like Scampston Hall, Hovingham Hall, Duncombe Park, Nunnington Hall or Castle Howard, including the 120 acre Yorkshire Arboretum with over 6,000 trees from around the world. Dalby Forest is a 8000 acre wonderland of hidden valleys, panoramic moorland and treetop views, becks and lakes, originally shaped by Bronze Age farmers 5000 years ago. One of its more popular walks is across Bridestones moor, where unusual stone out-croppings, twisted and sculpted by the passage of time, have inspired age-old myths. There are also hundreds of miles of footpaths and bridleways criss-crossing across Ryedale, including the long-distance Cleveland Way and Wolds Way National Trails - prehistoric pathways that have been walked by warriors and kings, drovers, monks and pilgrims for centuries. For top tips on dog walking – paw-tested by local dogs – check out the free online guide: www.dogwalksyorkshire.com.
Pamper your pooch: the Talbot Hotel (4*) in the Ryedale Market Town of Malton – known as Yorkshire’s Food Capital – has been nominated as a Visit England ‘Dog-friendly Business of the Year’. Guest dogs receive chew treats, a special blanket and bowl, and the Hotel can also arrange pooch pampering sessions at the neighbouring doggy spa.
Extraordinary Care for pets (and owners)…: not only can you enjoy a luxury holiday in your very own train station, at Platform 1 Castle Howard cottage, but your dog can go ‘off-lead’ in a one and a half acre ‘back yard’ wildlife garden, there’s a vast network of local footpaths and bridleways from the doorstep, and you’ll get feeding bowls, doggy towels, biodegradable poo bags and even welcome treats provided for free! That’s not all – the cottage has a new Dog Day Care facility next-door, so hard-walked owners can enjoy a few pet-free hours (and the cottage owners are local vets, just in case…) They even have a grooming service for dogs, so your pooch can be pampered in its owner-free hours too!
A model dog?: at the Black Swan Hotel (4*) doggy guests are treated like the superstars you know they are – on a Muddy Good Memories Walk, you’ll be joined by award-winning professional phoDographer, Annemarie King, for a doggy photographic adventure. Back at the hotel, dogs can then curl up in front of the roaring log fire with their human companions, or in a sun-spot in the walled garden. The Black Swan is located in the Ryedale Market Town of Helmsley – winner of Britain’s Best Market Town in 2015, and known as the epicentre of gourmet owing to the large number of Michelin and multi-award winning restaurants, tea rooms and food shops on the doorstep.
The Pooch Personal Touch: there’s room for up to four dogs in the pet-friendly luxury lodges in Keldy and Cropton Forests. Not only is there miles of woodland walking from the doorstep, but you can get inspired by Meg the Sheepdog, the canine journalist who’s made a special film about her Yorkshire adventures for guests.
See the Movie! Dog journalists, the Yorkshire Terrier and Meg the Sheepdog, have made films about their local adventures. You can watch online at Visit York, or Forest Holidays for Cropton and Keldy.
Dog sitting: give your pooch some time off, with expert dog-sitter Anne Twine on 01439 772044 or 07548 332827, or Mildred Reiniers at the luxury Dutch Barn Day Care for Dogs at Castle Howard.
Other Suggestions for Dog Friendly Holidays
Dog Friendly Accommodation
Cropton and Keldy - Dogs charged at £10 per dog per night.
Low Costa Mill - Pickering
£15 per dog per break. Paddock onsite in which you can exercise your dog, and some public woodland only 2 minutes away which is great for longer walks.
Dog Friendly Attractions
Bils & Rye - Low Street, Nunnington YO62 5UR Tel: 01439 748440
Byland Abbey - Byland, Coxwold YO61 4BD Tel: 01347 868614
Dalby Forest - North of Thornton-le-Dale YO18 7LT Tel: 01751 460295
Eden Camp - Malton YO17 6RT Tel: 01653 697777
Helmsley Castle - Castlegate, Helmsley YO62 5AB Tel:01439 770442
Helmsley Walled Garden - Cleveland Way, Helmsley YO62 5AH Tel: 01439 771427
Kirkham Priory - Whitwell on the Hill, Malton YO60 7JS 01653 618768
North Yorkshire Moors Railway - Park Street, Pickering YO18 7AJ Tel:01751 472508
Pickering Castle - Castlegate, Pickering YO18 7AX 01751 474989
Rievaulx Abbey - Near Helmsley YO62 5LB Tel: 01439 798228
Rievaulx Terrace - Near Helmsley YO62 5LJ Tel:01439 798340
Ryedale Folk Museum - Hutton-le-Hole YO62 6UA Tel: 01751 417367 - dogs on leads are welcome to visit all the exhibitions with their owners (not café but there's a dog-friendly pub and a tearoom just seconds away).
The Yorkshire Arboretum - Castle Howard, York YO60 7BY Tel: 01653 648598
Wolds Way Lavender - Wintringham, Malton YO17 8HW Tel: 01944 758641
Dog Friendly Places to Eat
Appleton le Moors
Moors Inn, YO62 6TF Tel: 01751 417435 (Bar and Snug area and Lettings Rooms)
The New Inn, YO18 8HH Tel: 01751 417330 (Anywhere but the restaurant)
Feversham Arms, YO62 7LF Tel: 01751 417330 (Bar/Pool and Garden Area Only and B and B)
Lion Inn, Blakey, YO62 7LQ Tel: 01751 417320 (Bar Only)
The Royal Oak, YO62 7HX Tel: 01751 431414 (Separate Dining area)
Hartoft, Rosedale Abbey
The Blacksmiths Arms, YO18 8EN Tel: 01751 417331 (Bar meals served)
The Royal Oak, YO62 5BL Tel: 01439 770450 (Bar area)
Worsley Arms Hotel, YO62 5BL Tel: 01653 628234 (Bar Lounge and Garden)
Hutton le Hole
Crown Hotel, YO62 6UA Tel: 01751 417343 (Whole Area)
The George and Dragon, YO62 6AA Tel: 01751 433334 (All of the bar and Garden)
The Horseshoe Inn, YO18 7NL Tel: 01751 460240 (Just in the bar)
Fox and Rabbit, YO18 7NQ Tel: 01751 460213 (Bar Only)
Newton Upon Rawcliffe
The White Swan, YO18 8QA Tel: 01751 472505 (Whole Area)
The Royal Oak, Church St, Nunnington YO62 5US Tel: 01439 748271 (Welcome in Pub)
Bay Horse, Market Place Tel: 01751 472526 (Back Bar, Second Floor and Garden)
Beansheaf Hotel, Malton Road Tel: 01653 668614 (Bar Area Only)
Capplemans Fish & Chip Restaurant, Market Place Tel: 01751 476984 (All Areas)
No.4 Wine Bar, Market Place Tel: 01751 475164 (All Areas)
Poppies Tea Room, Burgate Tel: 01751 477741 (All Areas)
Station Hotel, Park Street Tel: 07766 806787 (Everywhere except restaurant)
The Sun Inn, Westgate Tel: 01751 473661 (Bar Area and garden only)
The White Swan Inn, Market Place Tel: 01751 472288 (In Front Bar/Lounge)
White Horse Farm Inn YO18 8SE Tel: 01751 417239 (Bar areas only)
Fox and Hounds Country Inn YO62 6SQ Tel: 01751 431577 (Public Bar Only)
Thornton le Dale
Buck Inn YO18 7RW Tel: 01751 474212 (Back Bar and beer garden)
New Inn YO18 7RW Tel: 01751 474226 (bar area and garden only)
The Buck Inn YO18 8PJ Tel: 01751 477144 (All Areas)
Check out this website for dog-friendly walks! www.dogwalksyorkshire.com
Pet sitting service available from Anne Twine on 01439 772044/07548 332827.