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.

The Cotswolds is an ideal place for a holiday for the whole family, and here at Four Legged Breaks we have an extensive range of more than 500 pet-friendly holiday homes nearby for you to choose from.

Here are some of our top dog-friendly things to do and places to visit in the Cotswolds…

The Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty boasts over 5000 kms of footpaths, meaning that you will be spoilt for choice when it’s time for walkies, with routes and trails to suit all levels of fitness and energy.

If you fancy a gentle amble, we recommend the 4 mile circular route from the picturesque Broadway high street, along historic tracks and up to the famous and intriguing Broadway Tower with its spectacular views (see route details). You can even climb to the top of the 65 feet high Tower to enjoy some extra special views – although your dog will have to wait outside.

Broadway tower
Broadway tower

More serious walkers may like to explore The Cotswold Way – a national trail covering 100+ miles of magical walking, with long distance views from the Cotswold escarpment, and journeys through picturesque villages and past famous ancient sites.

After all that fresh air and exercise you’ll probably be ready to sample the local food and drink on offer at one of the many excellent dog-friendly cafes or pubs in the area… Some of our favourites include The Crown & Trumpet at Broadway (dogs welcome in the bar and garden), The Seagrave Arms at Weston Subedge (dogs welcome in the bar) and The Weighbridge Inn at Minchinhampton (a bowl of fresh water and a jar of biscuits is always on standby for any four legged guests).

Winchcombe
Winchcombe

If you fancy a spot of retail therapy, head to one of the area’s charming towns and picturesque villages. Historic Winchcombe is one of our favourites, with its centuries-old timbered buildings, independent shops selling quality local produce and nearby River Isbourne which is ideal for a gentle stroll.

Nature lovers will enjoy a visit to Batsford Arboretum – a dog-friendly attraction that is worth a visit at any time of year, from the first snowdrops of spring, through to the outstanding autumn colour in October and November.

Or for something a little more exotic check out the Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens with over 260 animal species in over 160 acres of stunning gardens and Parkland. Dogs may be brought into the Park provided that they are kept on a lead.

And when you’re feet are ready for a rest, consider a ride on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway – a preserved steam and diesel heritage railway line offering a uniquely different view of the area (well-behaved dogs are welcome in standard class carriages).

Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway
Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway. Photo courtesy of Loving The Cotswold

Take a look at our range of pet-friendly holiday cottages in and around the Cotswolds: https://www.fourleggedbreaks.co.uk/holiday-cottages-in-heart-of-england

Happy exploring!