6 great dog trips this fall
The sound of leaves creaking under your feet, the smell of campfire smoke in the air and the prospect of a glass of red in front of a roaring fire. It is undeniable that Great Britain is falling exceptionally well. In fact, the only thing that could improve the best season of the year is sharing those fall scenes with a dog. (To be fair, we can’t imagine a situation where the inclusion of a dog wouldn’t improve. A day at a cattery?)
Here are six of the best fall days you can share with Fido (no catteries included).
Go unleaded in the Lake District
Let Bertie wander off a leash on one of these five best dog walks in the Lake District. Climb stony peaks and paddle through crystal-clear (no doubt icy) streams as you explore some of the UK’s most beautiful countryside. And, if you’re anywhere near the new Keswick Reach Lodge Retreat, you can use the outdoor dog washing facilities on site.
Go for a fun run
An affinity for exercise is completely irrelevant when running among a pack of excitable humans clinging to their dogs for life. Check if there’s a fun run near you for a great opportunity to meet other local dog lovers. Battersea runs Muddy Dog Challenge dog races throughout the fall, across the country. Make sure, however, that you’ve got reliable insurance before heading out into the woods. M&S Bank offers three different levels of coverage which all include vetfone, free 24 hour pet phone support, and multiple pet discount. Remember that a fun race is not a contest. A lot.
Take Monty to brunch or to the movies
The thelondog.com website recommends quirky and unique events for you and your dog in London, including ‘Barking Brunches’ at All Star Lanes and movie screenings where dogs are given blankets and bowls of water. There are even breed specific meetups and cafe openings. (Imagine a cafe full of pugs. Yes, we’ll see you there).
Raise your legs after a long walk
The National Trust has nine walks all of which feature dog-friendly cafes where Buddy will be more than welcome. At Arlington Court in Devon, dogs are allowed to roam freely on the wider grounds and on a leash in the Horse-drawn carriage museum and gardens. If you are lucky, the tearoom can even offer you its famous homemade dog treats.
Spend the night in a dog lodge
Dogs are incredibly good at frustrating plans overnight, but not anymore. Canine Cottages only offers homes where your pet (or pets) will be the guest of honor. Many rentals will have received the seal of approval from the company’s âcanine reviewersâ ââteam who scour the country in search of the best dog-friendly accommodation. With options available everywhere from Scotland to Cornwall, you and your dog can vacation in converted sheds, gorgeous cottages, unique shepherd’s huts and large stone barns.
Get sand at the beach
As summer ends, dogs across the country start sniffing the air for a tantalizing scent of the sea. They know that the change of seasons means the end of dog bans on beaches across the country and that they will soon be allowed to hunt seagulls, roll around in seaweed, and get sand so encrusted in their fur that groomers will cry everywhere. The South East of England has some of the UK’s finest sandy beaches.
Provide peace of mind about your pet’s health, whatever fall activity you choose, with M&S Bank pet insurance
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