Eco Escapes

Tips and ideas to help you enjoy a greener holiday…

If you’ve already decided to base your next holiday in the UK, then you’re off to a great start as eliminating air travel is a huge step to a more environmentally friendly holiday experience!

We have a few more eco-holiday tips to help you get the most from your holiday, whilst also being kind to the planet!

Location, location, location

How well do you know your neighbouring counties? There may be no need to drive for hours to reach your next holiday destination – we think you’re sure to find some hidden gems much closer to home! You can cut down on your travel time whilst still feeling like you’ve had a real break away and explored somewhere new.

Switch off, un-wind … and un-plug!

Why not take a break from your screens, gadgets and electronic devices? Enjoy a taste of the ‘good old days’… get back to nature and relax in the great outdoors, play a board game or read a book. Your mind, body and soul will love you for it!

Support local shops and eateries

What better way to get to know the area than by discovering the unique local artisan producers? Whether it’s the locally brewed beer, or freshly picked fruit and veg, or artwork created and inspired on the doorstep. The guest book should be full of recommendations to get you started.

Pedal power?

Why not leave the car at home for a day or two? You could hop on a bike, bus, horse, boat, or just see where your feet take you! You might find that you enjoy a different perspective of the area as you explore your surroundings at a slower pace. Check out the visitor book for inspiration.

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

Many of our properties go the extra mile to make it easy for you to be eco-conscious during your stay. From energy-saving light bulbs and appliances, to comprehensive recycling facilities. Check out your welcome pack for full details.

Visit to find your perfect eco and dog-friendly holiday cottage.

Crazy about The Cotswolds

The Cotswolds are an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty covering some 2000 square kilometres, situated in the heart of England. Offering stunning rural scenery, chocolate-box villages and a host of attractions and activities for you and your four legged friend.

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Hot weather advice for dog owners

With the hot sunny weather set to continue for a little longer, here are some top tips to help make sure your dog is safe and happy in the heat:

Stay hydrated

Make sure your dog has access to plenty of fresh water throughout the day.

Protect against the sun
Stick to the shade at the hottest times of the day and use pet-safe sun cream on exposed parts of their skin (like ears and nose) to prevent sun-burn.

Time for Walkies
Avoid excessively exercising your dog in hot weather. Take advantage of the cooler temperatures on offer in the early morning and late evening to reduce the risk of heatstroke. Take extra care if your dog is old, unfit, obese or suffers from breathing difficulties.

The 7 Second Test
Pavements and paths – especially dark coloured surfaces like Tarmac – can get really hot in the sun and could burn your dog’s paws. Before letting your dog walk on it, hold your hand on the floor for 7 seconds; if it’s too hot for your hand, it’s too hot for your dog’s paws.

Never leave your dog in a hot car
Dogs can easily overheat – and it can happen scarily fast in a hot car. Winding a window down is not enough, so ever leave your dog in a warm car.

Check dogs are welcome
If you’re planning a day out, check whether dogs are welcome at the visitor attractions you plan to visit before travelling.

Take a look at our pet-friendly holiday homes
The best holidays include the whole family, including our four-legged friends. Check out our range of dog-friendly holiday accommodation and plan your next adventure.

Speak to your vet for further advice.

Discover Dumfries & Galloway

If you’ve not yet visited this corner of Scotland, you’re going to love it… and if you have then we probably don’t need to remind you how beautiful the area is!

Home to acres of forests, a long and varied coastline, fascinating museums, lush gardens and a multitude of local food and craft producers, Dumfries & Galloway, in the South West corner of Scotland, offers plenty of things to see and do.

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North York Moors & Yorkshire Coast

Yorkshire is a great place to explore with your four legged friends all year round.

In our opinion, this particular corner of Yorkshire has it all; stunning scenery, great local produce and crafts waiting to be discovered in the traditional market towns of Pickering, Helmsley and Malton, the hustle and bustle of the seaside towns of Whitby, Bridlington and Scarborough, several historic homes, castles and gardens, a varied coastline …and of course, some great walks.

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Nutty About Northumberland

The gorgeous region of Northumberland is a firm favourite among the team here at Four Legged Breaks, and with good reason…

With its gorgeous coastline peppered with castles and quaint little fishing villages, many historic market towns and fantastic walks to enjoy through the Cheviot Hills and Northumberland National Park, not to mention Hadrian’s Wall, Holy Island and Kielder Water & Forest Park, there is so much to see and do.

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