Dog-friendly holidays in Norfolk

Dog-friendly holidays in Norfolk

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Have a trip to remember with holidays in Norfolk with a dog

Norfolk is known as one of the UK's most dog-friendly destinations. Queen Elizabeth II used to bring her corgis here for holidays - and if it's good enough for the royal canines, your pup is sure to feel right at home! Your pooch will love the chance to go for long walks along the Broads, and there are 84 miles of beautiful coastline to explore.

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Why should you take your dog to Norfolk?

Holidays in the UK are more popular than ever, and Norfolk is one of the best destinations in the entire country. It has some truly wild nature, the sort that it's hard to find in other parts of England: marshes, rivers and lakes, and a rugged coastline that can feel like you're taking a trip back in time. Dog owners who choose to stay in pet-friendly holiday lettings in Norfolk will struggle to choose where to go for a walk - do you want a gentle footpath, a wide open beach, or a hike along the Norfolk Coast Path?

Where are the best places to go for a walk around Norfolk?

The legendary Norfolk Coast Path has to top the list of the best dog walks in Norfolk. It runs for a full 84 miles, but don't worry - nobody is expecting you to tackle all of that! If you want to enjoy great beaches along the way, follow the 5-km section from Sea Palling to Horsey Gap. You'll often see a group of grey seals on the way to Horsey, so make sure your dog is under control as you approach. The 11-km Happisburgh circular walk shows you some of the best parts of the windswept coast and finishes close to the renowned, dog-friendly Hill House Inn. If you and your dog fancy a challenge, it's hard to beat the Weybourne circular, which runs for 11 km along rugged cliffs and will have you both working up a sweat! For something entirely more sedate, head to Holt Country Park. This is very popular with local and visiting dog walkers alike and has dozens of looping trails to choose from. Thetford Forest is another good choice, with plenty of different paths to follow. It's not as popular as Holt Country Park, so you're less likely to bump into other walkers.

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FAQs: Pet-friendly holidays in Norfolk

What's the best time of year to take my dog to Norfolk?

In recent years, Norfolk has been experiencing heat waves almost every summer. A normal summer sees temperatures reaching no higher than about 23°C in July and August, but keep an eye on the thermometer, just in case. While the summer temperatures aren't usually too hot for dog-friendly holiday in Norfolk, you may prefer to travel in the shoulder season of May to June or September to October instead. Doing this means there are fewer people about, so you can avoid the hordes at the height of summer. If your dog doesn't like crowds, then this is a great option - and with temperatures still hovering at around 18°C, you won't be too chilly.

Where are the best dog beaches around Norfolk?

There are two things to be aware of when you're looking for dog beaches in Norfolk. Firstly, some beaches have summer restrictions. The summer season officially runs from the 1st of May to the 30th of September. Secondly, there are beaches with restrictions during bird nesting season. This typically takes place in March and August and is well-signposted. During bird nesting season, make sure your dog is kept on a lead. That being said, some beaches in Norfolk are dog-friendly all year round. Old Hunstanton, with its long miles of golden sand, is always a good choice for a walk. Thornham in North Norfolk is quite remote, so it's ideal if you want a walk without many other people around. Wells Beach is one of the most popular dog beaches in the county, but be careful: dogs are only allowed in the west part of the beach. You'll need to steer well clear of the area with beach huts.

Can I take my dog on public transport in Norfolk?

Different bus companies in Norfolk set their own rules about dogs. In general, small dogs are usually permitted, particularly if they are in a carrier. Larger dogs must be on a lead and are allowed at the bus driver's discretion. Some buses will allow no more than two dogs at a time, and all bus companies agree that seats are for humans, not canines. If you're coming straight from a walk by the sea, you may need to rely on private transport, as bus drivers can turn away wet or smelly dogs.

Can I bring my dog to a pub, café or restaurant with me in Norfolk?

Yes. There are some great dog-friendly pubs around Norfolk. The Orange Tree in Thornham has a dedicated dog menu, so your pup doesn't have to feel left out while the family dines. If you want to try Cromer crab, head for The Jetty Café. This charming restaurant welcomes dogs and also serves the freshest local seafood, for a fabulous dining experience. Whelk Coppers Tea Room is ideal for a pit stop during a walk. This lovely, old-fashioned tea room even has towels on hand, so if you and your pooch need to freshen up before you tuck into some scones, you can do so!

Are there any laws about dogs in public in Norfolk?

Yes. Check the UK's Dangerous Dogs Act, as some establishments may not allow dogs of a dangerous breed to enter. You'll need to pick up after your dog or face a fine of £50, no matter whether you're walking in a town or out in nature. Finally, be very careful during bird nesting season. Many parts of Norfolk are protected, and boisterous dogs must not be allowed to disturb the wild birds.

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