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.
In the heart of the North York Moors, Goathland is well worth a visit. Famed as the home of TV’s Heartbeat, this remote village also hit the big screen in the early Harry Potter films when the North Yorkshire Moors Railway heritage station became ‘Hogsmeade’ station. Today, you’ll find sheep ambling through the village, a handful of local shops and a selection of cafes and pubs to choose from.
With spectacular and varied scenery everywhere you look, the Yorkshire Coast and North York Moors National Park provides some excellent walking… Reaching 320m, Roseberry Topping is one of the regions’ most distinctive and iconic landmarks, offering fine views across North Yorkshire and Cleveland, with various footpaths to explore. We’d also recommend a visit to the nearby Captain Cook monument.
Come nightfall, the big open skies of the North York Moors are equally impressive as the dark sky panorama is revealed. Thanks to the low levels of light pollution and clear horizons, this is one of the best places in the country to see the stars.
Head east, and the heather-clad moorland gives way to a rugged and beautiful coastline. Artists have long flocked to the picturesque, tumbling villages of Robin Hood’s Bay and Staithes to soak up inspiration and enjoy the light. It’s also a great place to look for fossils on the small beaches.
The Cleveland Way footpath passes through Yorkshire, offering mile after mile of rewarding rambling opportunities. There are endless highlights – the cliff scenery, Whitby Abbey, Ravenscar and the rocky cove of Hayburn Wyke to name but a few.
And what better way to finish off a day of coastal walking, than with some fresh fish for supper? You’ll find some great fishmongers selling fresh fish and seafood – Lovitt’s in Filey is one of our favourites. If you’d prefer someone else to do the cooking, then why not try one of the region’s many Fish & Chip shops – The Magpie Café in Whitby is perhaps the most famous, but you’ll find great alternatives up and down the coast.
You’ll find yourself spoilt for choice when it comes to sandy beaches. Most allow dogs all year round, although some limit doggy access to selected zones in the summer months. Sandsend beach, near Whitby, is one of our favourites, with a long stretch of golden sand and plenty of parking available.
There are also plenty of cosy country pubs and traditional tea rooms offering perfect stop-off points to rest and re-fuel along the way.