Best Campsites which allows Dogs 2018
So you love going on holiday but have a dog and hate leaving him in kennels or with a friend or family member, well if you pick the right campsite you can take your four-legged friend with you.
Not all campsites allow dogs and some are better than others when it comes to dog facilities, let’s look at the top 5 campsites that allow dogs, that we have been too.
In this article we are looking at the best sites which allow dogs, again not all sites allow dogs, so worth checking before you book. Some sites charge you to take your dog other don’t. We haven’t taken this into account when reviewing the sites.
Castle Point Caravan Park – Dumfries and Galloway
Hidden Valley Camping – Worcestershire
Home Field Camping – Norfolk
Huntstile Organic Farm – Somerset
Oak Tree Farm Park – Pickering
Castle Point Caravan Park Review
This site located in Dumfries and Galloway in Scotland, located within walking distance of three sandy beaches which is great for letting the dogs off the leash and letting them run free.
If beaches are your thing, then there are amazing walks along the Rockcliffe coastline (took a few minutes to get onto the paths), you literally unzip your tent and see stunning views.
While the site does accept dogs, it doesn’t accept all dogs, so it’s worth checking when booking, but it’s mainly the banned breeds they don’t allow for obvious reasons.
The site itself is well looked after with amazing facilities and super friendly staff who even manage to loan us a map of the local area to help with walking the dog.
There is an onsite laundry which is handy after a long days walking to clean your clothes, but more importantly, there is a decent games room which is handy if the typically Scottish weather hits, to be fair during our four days here we only had one day of the rain the other three was lovely sunshine.
Loved taking the dog for a walk every morning to the nearby village to get the paper and a few bits, it’s about a mile and took around 20 minutes.
If you’re heading to Scotland and wanting a dog-friendly site, then this is a must visit site.
Hidden Valley Camping Review
Located in the Teme Valley, this campsite offers spectacular views and is stunning campsite hidden in the woods. What makes this campsite great is that is actually owned by very keen campers and chatting with them you really get to know their passion for the site.
They took what they loved about different campsites, and put it in Hidden Valley, like large generous pitches to campsites. Plus being a tent only campsite means they don’t have to accommodate their needs.
One thing that stood out about this campsite, was the night sky. I have spent many nights under canvas, but here you really do get a super clear sky with very little man-made light to affect your ability to see the stars, meaning we could have a fire and sit around enjoy the skies.
The site has good clean facilities and hot water in the showers 24 a day, which I like as it means I can shower when I like, especially if we have to take the dog out for a long walk (or more like a hike) and want to freshen up when we get back.
The owners are super helpful, they even helped to take all our gear down to our pitch on their quad bike. Shame he wouldn’t let me have a go, but understand why.
This is one of the few sites I have ever visited where there isn’t anything negative that I could find, there is a small honesty shop onsite for all the essentials you need.
If you like nature, then this is a must visit campsite, there are so many different species around the site in the nearby fields and woods that you will be always on the lookout for that next animal.
The reason I think the site is so perfect is the fact it’s run by campers, for campers and not by someone trying to make a business, it’s just the little details that make it extra special.
Home Field Camping Review
This back to basics style site located in Norfolk is a must visit. Once you have visited this very friendly but quiet site you will see why.
There are firepits to use allowing you to sit back and relax enjoy a beverage or two as the fire flickers in the night sky.
Located around 10 miles from Great Yarmouth, its close enough to places to visit but hidden away so you get a great night’s sleep. It’s also about 10 miles to Norwich so plenty to see and do.
The one thing I do wanna say about this campsite is the shower block, its immaculate clean, arguably as clean as my home – which is super impressive for a campsite.
I can’t quite remember the name of the village, but it’s only a short walk away and has everything you would expect from a small village. The campsite offers generous spaces for each pitch, meaning you don’t feel like you are on top of your neighbour.
There was a slight noise noticeable from the nearby road and factory but I soon got used to it and you must keep your dog on the lead at all times. Our dog is well behaved and never leaves the tent so having to keep the lead on at all times is a little annoying, but can understand it and at least these enforce it for everyone.
If like us you get the weather, it’s a great base. With Great Yarmouth just up the road, your dog will love walking along the beach.
Great site and well worth visiting.
Huntstile Organic Farm Review
Located only just a few hours away from London, this is a great site to get out of the city and enjoy the great outdoors.
The owners as well being a great host, really care about great locally sourced food and sells it their cafe. Trust me, its a must visit cafe – we tend to eat at the tent, but had been recommended to try it and so glad we did, some of the tastiest food we have ever tried.
The site is super friendly and is perfect if you have kids as well as dog-friendly, the toilets and showers are super clean. Set in a rural setting with a very relaxing atmosphere. There is plenty of walks nearby to the take the dog on. The site allows us to borrow a barrel BBQ which was amazing to cook a brilliant meal and sit around afterwards keeping warm.
There is daily feeding of the animals every morning is great for the kids as the owners go the extra mile in explaining why they feed them, what they feed them etc.
There is a lake in the middle of the campsites, but don’t worry – its fenced off so is kind of childproof, which means you can worry that little bit less.
There are both fridges and freezers on site for helping to keep your food cool. There is wifi on the site, I am unsure about wifi site – I go away camping to spend time with the kids, the dog and the wife. A real family break away from work, and with wifi its always tempted to just check email etc, but wifi is available.
They also have the ability to charge your phone which is handy, I love taking pictures and using the phone navigation especially when out walking so useful to know I can always charge it when I get back to the site.
We missed it, but our friendly neighbours who had got to the site a few days before us mentioned that they had fired up a wood-fired pizza oven and cooked in their words “the best pizzas ever”, from the way they described the pizza, I am tempted to book again, but when booking specifically book when the oven is lit.
Great site overall, well worth visiting, even if it’s just to try the fresh food in the cafe – it is out of this world.
Oak Tree Farm Park Review
First off all this site is located very close to Pickering in North Yorkshire a brilliant little village, and the site is perfectly located for exploring everything else that North Yorkshire has to offer.
While the site is small, it’s very relaxing, its facilities may be basic but they are very good as well as super clean and there is an honesty box for the shower.
The couple which runs the site is really nice and couldn’t be more helpful if they tried, nothing is too much for them.
They have a barn which they said they normally train horses in, but as it was empty they were happy for us to let the dog off the lead in the barn so they could have a good run around, the dog seemed to love it in theirs.
If this isn’t available don’t worry there are some outdoor walking areas for your dogs.
If you love the Harry Potter film, then the train station used it the films is nearby as well as where Heartbeat was filmed.
Dalby Forest is very close by and this is a great place to take the dog, lots of open spaces to let your dogs run around.
There is great washing up facilities and the showers are hot. We visited in spring and a warm shower is much needed.
How to sum up this site – it’s a gem of a site located in beautiful North Yorkshire with plenty to see and do.
I loved staying at all the sites, I would be happy to stay at all of these sites again, but my prefered option would be Hidden Valley Campsite because its ran by campers for campers and just some of the little things you wouldn’t think about have been done to make the site special. If you’re heading to Worcestershire and after a dog-friendly campsite – this has to be one for you.
This is part of our series looking at the best campsites in the UK to visit in 2018.