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Dog friendly camping sites UK

Best Dog Friendly Campsites in the UK

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Camping is one of the most exhilarating experiences for anyone. You get to be one with nature as you explore new destinations and make new memories.

As a dog parent, bringing your furry companion along for the adventure is one of the best ways to spend a weekend camping trip or holidays away from the hustles and bustles of your day-to-day life.

Of course, one of the challenges most avid campers with furry companions face is finding dog friendly campsites in the UK.

To make it easier, we have reviewed several options available in different parts of the UK.

Here is everything you need to know about some of the best dog friendly campsites UK offers.


1. Slapton Sands camping and caravan site


Torcross and Slapton Sands

"Torcross September 2015" by Smalljim


Slapton Sands is a family-friendly camping site that delivers impressive sea views, located within walking distance of some of the best sandy beaches in the area.

This campsite offers amazing amenities to make your next family camping holiday memorable. The best part is that you can bring your furry companion along.

Located in the South Devon Heritage Coast, the Slapton Sands campsite offers a quiet rural setting, perfect for relaxing weekends in an area surrounded by rolling countryside and lines of trees.

Site facilities and features include:

  • Dedicated accessible facilities

  • Battery charging stations

  • Designated dog walking area

  • Flushing toilet

  • Motorhome service point

  • Showers

  • Washing machines and washbasins

  • Parent and baby room

  • Children play area

  • Club site Wi-Fi

Caravans, motorhomes, trailer tents, and rooftop tents are allowed.  

Offsite, you can take long coastal walks to nearby beaches in Hallsands and Beesands or shorter ones to the nearby Slapton sands beach. The calm sea is ideal for families, dogs, and water sports enthusiasts.

You can also take nature walks along lagoon Slapton Ley, where you can enjoy watching an array of wildlife and birds.

Further along the North of Slapton Sands is the Blackpool Sands, where you find golden sands and the real Mediterranean feel.

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Slapton Sands Camping and Caravanning Club Site


2. Braithwaite village camping and caravanning site


Buttermere Lake District Cumbria UK

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Previously known as Scotgate Holiday Park, Braithwaite village is a dog-friendly camping site located in the heart of the Lake District, offering excellent camping facilities to meet the needs of different campers.

Autumn in Braithwaite

"Autumnal scene, Braithwaite" by Andrew Smith


The campsite is near Keswick, a charming market town between Derwentwater and Bassenthwaite Lake.

Thanks to the site’s positioning in the Coledale Horseshoe backdrop, you can enjoy access to the most stunning views of the Northern Fells and Skiddaw.

Some of the site facilities and features include:

  • Backpacker facilities

  • Designated dog walk

  • Dog Wash

  • Dedicated accessible facilities

  • Drying room

  • Dishwashing facilities

  • Flushing toilet

  • Bike Services Area

  • Club site Wi-Fi

The campsite allows caravans, motorhomes, roof tents, and trailers.

Some activities you can enjoy offsite include walking in the nearby Whinlatter Forest, which also features amazing biking trails.

Worth noting the campsite is located at the foot of Whinlatter Pass, making this camping site ideal for exploring the Lake District.

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Braithwaite village camping and caravanning site


3. Sandringham camping and caravanning site


Sandringham is a secluded camping spot situated within the Royal Estate grounds in Norfolk. You will love the tranquility offered with most pitches set amongst trees.

Nearby is the Sandringham estate which was previously the country retreat of the Late Queen Elizabeth II.

Sandringham Estate

"East Front, Sandringham House" by David Dixon


The campsite is close to sandy beaches and nature reserves, with proximity to Hunstanton and Brancaster seaside resorts.

Built on more than 600 acres of heath and woodland, you will find plenty to do right outside your camping unit. More than a quarter of the country park is accessible to the public and includes a restaurant, memorabilia and vehicles museum, and a visitor centre.

Site facilities and features include:

  • Dedicated accessible facilities

  • Family shower room

  • Gas cylinders

  • Showers

  • Washbasins and Washing Machines

  • Site Wi-Fi

Like the other sites featured in this review, this campsite allows rooftop tents, trailer tents, motorhomes, and caravans.

This campsite has access to quiet roads and forest tracks, making excellent location for walking with your dog.

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Sandringham campsite Google Maps location


4. Dunbar camping and caravanning site


Dunbar is a camping site located on the sunshine coast of Scotland, just to the east of Edinburgh, the country’s capital.

Cliffs at Dunbar

"Cliffs at Dunbar" by G Laird


This site is a stone throw away from the much beloved seaside town of Eat Lothian and right next to Whitesands Bay, a sandy surfing beach where you can enjoy basking in the summer sun while sipping on a cold drink.

The campsite is surrounded by spectacular landscapes, providing amazing views no matter where you pitch. With more than 115 pitches, the campsite is well laid out, offering modern facilities.

Some key site facilities and features include:

  • A wetsuit shower

  • Designated dog walk

  • Flushing toilet

  • Gas cylinders

  • Storage facilities

  • Ball games

  • Club Site Wi-Fi


Dog Tent setup


The site is three miles from Dunbar town, where you find numerous local shops and restaurants close to even more beaches.

The East beach, located minutes from the town, is excellent for paddle boarding, bathing, and sea kayaking.  

Inland attractions close to the campsite include the Museum of Flight at East Fortune, the East Links family park, and the Scottish Seabird Centre in North Berwick.

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Dunbar camping and caravanning site


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5. Cardigan bay camping and caravanning site


If you are in Wales, the Cardigan camping site is close to the Welsh coast, giving you access to the beautiful beaches.

Little island and bay near cwmtydu

"Little island and bay near Cwmtydu" by Jeremy Bolwell


You can easily explore the beaches and coves in West Wales from the site. You can also spot the red kites from the site or go dolphin sighting on the nearby coast.

Some of the facilities and features include:

  • Dedicated accessible facilities

  • Designated dog walk

  • Gas cylinders

  • Storage facilities

  • Family shower room

  • Flushing toilet

  • Ice pack freezing

  • Showers

  • Shop

  • Ball games

  • Club Site Wi-Fi

The campsite is a haven for nature lovers, with plenty of attractions to see and places to explore with your furry friend.

The campsite allows caravans, tents, trailer tents, and motorhomes.

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Cardigan bay camping and caravanning site


6. The Old Oaks in Somerset


The Old Oaks near Glastonbury in Somerset is a well-known dog friendly camping destination, thanks to its beautiful coastline and stunning moorlands.

Glastonbury Somerset

"View from Glastonbury Tor" by Rossographer


If you prefer to camp in adult-only sites, Old Oaks in Somerset is one of the best dog friendly campsites the UK has to offer.

Old Oaks offers fantastic camping facilities and an array of attractions and activities right outside your pitch, offering a well-deserved break for you and your favourite furry companion.

Some of the dog friendly features that set Old Oaks apart from other pet friendly campsites in the UK include:

  • Free local guides

  • Dog-friendly dining

  • A 300m secures dedicated dog walk

  • A hot water dog shower with free shampoo

  • Dedicated washer and drier for dog blankets and beddings

This camping site offers an on-site shop where you can find a variety of dog snacks and treats.

There are also plenty of toys, food, collars, and other dog items you can buy just in case you leave anything at home.  

You can read more about what Old Oaks has to offer here.

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The Old oaks in Somerset


7. Setthorns Campsite


Setthorns is perfect for anyone looking to experience New Forest camping with dogs and reacquainting themselves with nature in an almost secretive campsite.

Mallard Wood New Forest

"Beech trees in Mallard Wood, New Forest" by Jim Champion


The site is characterised by hidden pathways and cozy nooks intertwining seamlessly with the woodlands around the campsite.

Offering more than 200 tent pitches for caravans, motorhomes, and tents, this campsite blends effortlessly with the New Forest.

The pitches are separated by bushes and trees, offering campers and their dog companions privacy.

There are plenty of trails and routes you can take for walks or bike rides with your furry friend as you sight wildlife in their natural habitat.

Some animals you can find here include deer, ponies, and rare wild birds.

There are no toilets on site, so a chemical toilet is required when staying at Setthorns. 

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Setthorns Campsite


8. Bude camping and caravan site


If you fancy camping in an area with amazing views and outstanding natural beauty, you will love this camping site tucked away on the North Cornish coast. From this camping site, you can access some of the best surfing and bathing beaches in North Cornwell.

The campsite is situated in a prime location nine miles to the North between Crackinton Haven and Boscastle, to the south of Camelford and Tintagel.

It is also near Widemouth Bay beach

Widemouth Bay Beach

"The Southern Beach on Widemouth Sand" by Tony Atkin


Some of the site facilities and features you can enjoy at Bude campsite include:

  • Flushing toilets

  • Showers

  • Wi-Fi access

  • Dedicated accessible facilities

  • Designated walkways for dogs

  • Children play area

  • Dishwashing facilities

  • Washbasins and washing machines

The site allows motorhomes, caravans, rooftop tent pitching, and trailer tents, making it perfect for any camper.

Some activities you can enjoy around the campsite include fishing in Boscastle port, exploring the castle ruins, and visiting Merlin’s cave. There is also a popular dog-friendly surfing beach nearby.

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 Bude camping and caravan site


Hopefully this article will make it easy for you to pick the perfect spot for your next camping adventure while bringing your furry friend along for the experience.  


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