Get back to Nature with a Dog Friendly Holiday in Pembrokeshire
If you’re looking for the perfect pet friendly holiday destination, Pembrokeshire is a pooch’s paradise. Packed with exciting places for little paws and wet noses to discover, your dog can spend hours scampering along muddy riverbanks, racing across beaches, roaming the wild moorland or meandering down the stunning Pembrokeshire Coast Path. As a dog friendly hotel, we know some of the best places to go exploring with your four-legged friend, so here’s our guide to countryside walks that will leave you with a very happy (but possibly quite sandy) dog!
Dog Friendly Beaches
There’s nothing quite as relaxing as an early morning or late evening stroll along one of our long, golden beaches. Sunrise and sunset are the most tranquil and spectacular part of a Pembrokeshire day, with the sun hanging low over a sparkling sea. It’s not unusual to find you have the entire beach to yourselves, so you can wander undisturbed, with just the call of sea birds, the gently lapping tide (and the occasional ‘woof’) as your soundtrack. There are dog restrictions on a handful of the more popular stretches of coastline between May and September, but these are far outnumbered by dog friendly beaches.
Coast Path Walks
The 186-mile Pembrokeshire Coast Path is renowned as one of the world’s most beautiful walks and is well worth exploring when you visit Pembrokeshire with your dog. The section around Warpool Court Hotel on the St Davids Peninsula is one of the most breathtaking parts of the entire route and can be easily accessed via a path from our gardens. The views are incredible, the terrain varied and there are plenty of places where you can stop to take a breather, admire the coastal scenery and treat the dog to a well-deserved biscuit! Some cliff-top sections are quite high, so the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park advise you to keep your dog under control to avoid accidents or disturbing livestock that might be grazing on the land.
Scenic Mountain Trails
The Preseli Hills are a particularly dramatic setting for dog walking. Considered a sacred landscape by many, the wide open expanses of moorland are dotted with cairns, Iron Age burial mounds and ancient stone circles. A beautifully atmospheric place, particularly on a day when clouds cast brooding shadows across the hillsides, you can walk for miles in any direction and the views from the summits of Carn Meini and Carn Ingli near Newport are second to none. Nearer to home, you can enjoy the spectacular scene that awaits you at the top of the imposing Carn Llidi, which towers over the city of St Davids, Whitesands beach and Ramsey island.
Woodland and Riverside Rambles
Unspoilt, ancient woodland and peaceful river valleys are another special feature of the local landscape. Teeming with wildlife, the woods and riverbanks are a lovely spot to unwind and get back to nature; for your dog, they’re a treasure trove of interesting nooks, crannies and intriguing smells! Explore the shady coastal paths of nearby Haroldston Woods, the gentle slopes of the picturesque Gwaun Valley or the cool streams of Abermawr. Another bonus of a woodland walk is that on a hot day the canopy will help keep your dog nice and cool and on a rainy day it acts as nature’s umbrella (although, sadly, it doesn’t prevent muddy paws).
Make Yourselves at Home in a Dog Friendly Hotel
Dogs aren’t just pets, they’re part of the family, so we know you don’t want to leave them behind when you go on holiday. That’s why we welcome dogs (and well-behaved owners) in our country house hotel in St Davids. With dog friendly rooms, a large exercise area and a passion for pets, we treat our canine guests with as much respect as our human ones! To book your dog-friendly vacation at Warpool Court Hotel, just give us a call on 01437 720300, complete our online form or drop us an email.