Many of us chose to explore this beautiful country with our furry friends by our side. Let’s be honest, none of us really want to send them off to the kennels, when we can head out adventuring with them. The South Downs is an amazing place to come as a whole family as there is so much to do that can include all off you! With all the amazing landscape you don’t need many more dog friendly tips other than just go and explore the South Downs from the Sever Sisters to Blackdown.
There are so many places to stay not just B&Bs, but big hotels, that will let you bring your furry companion with you – so you don’t have to miss out on where you want to stay.
You can have the luxury of the Old Thorns Manor Hotel and Spa or maybe you want to get a real feel for the area and stay in one of the many Pubs and Inns available like The Old Drum, Petersfield, The Flying Bull Inn, Liss or The Swan Hotel, Arundel. There is also lots of self catering options for those that want a bit more privacy and homely feel like the South Downs Lodges.
As for things to do, the South Downs is full of trails and walks everywhere you look. For those days you fancy exploring more than the surroundings why not try out the Amberley Working Museum dedicated to preserving the South Downs working past, with lots of exhibits and hands on things to do, it’s a great place to spend the day. There is also the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum, a living museum full of historical building telling stories of the people who lived and worked in the South Downs. The Weald and Download also have lots of activities and events on so check their calendar for what’s on.
If museums aren’t your thing how about spending the day on beach? The majority of the beaches in the area allow dogs, with some limitations May to September each year, but most still have areas you can go with your dog. Check out the local signage for more details for each beach.
Now when it comes to one of the most important parts of any break, the food, there are many dog friendly eateries. They’ll be a warm welcome at The Bell Inn in Chichester, a traditional pub serving homemade meals. The Elsted Inn in Midhurst is an award winning restaurant that welcomes your doggies with a water bowl and biscuits on the bar!
If its more of a café your after then it doesn’t get much better than The Fitzcanes Ice-cream Café in Midhurst where you can bring along your puppy pal and enjoy everything from a Full English to an Afternoon Tea, Cakes and of course, ice cream. They are also well known for their made from scratch Waffles!
If your unsure if anywhere is dog friendly – just pop in and ask, if they don’t allow dogs they’ll usually point you in the right direction for somewhere that does.
Last but not least if you are looking for a day out to remember then you have to visit Brighton! It is known as one of the most dog friendly cities in the country and you and your furry friend will be able to go pretty much anywhere, from shops, to beaches, pubs and cafes! Just maybe not the odd Cat Café they have dotted around, potentially somewhere to avoid.