Dog Friendly Holidays in Skipton
If you’re taking your dog away with you, planning a holiday can be a bit of a challenge. Especially if you like to stay in a property with a little luxury, but Skipton’s as welcoming to those with four legs as it is to their owners – and there’s plenty to see and do with your pet in tow.
Appealing to couples, families and large parties, Skipton is a small traditional market town that serves as the focal point of a large rural region. The town benefits from being away from the more urbanised areas of the county and access to the countryside is no problem. Getting to Skipton is straightforward by road or rail.
Skipton is a charming town with lots of old world charm. It is situated on the River Aire and the Leeds and Liverpool canal, and the town acts as a centre for canal boat hire. The town is close to the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Also nearby is Nidderdale and The Forest of Bowland, both designated as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Skipton’s location separates the grit moors to the south from the craven limestone dales to the north, thus earning the town the nickname the ‘Gateway to the Dales.’ The town’s location makes it an ideal spot for bringing your dog along on the holiday.
The Yorkshire Dales National Park offers the perfect backdrop for those that love nature; the park is a haven for wildlife. It covers almost 700 square miles, which means that there is plenty of space for your dog to run free among the picturesque valleys, hills, and flower meadows.
Locals and visitors make full use of the Skipton Castle Woods, which surround the town’s 900-year-old medieval castle. The impressive castle is surrounded by woodland views to enjoy. It’s lovely for a stroll during any season.
Another historic and dog friendly destination is Bolton Abbey. Though it’s only four miles from Skipton, it feels like a world away. Nestled in the heart of the rolling Yorkshire Dales, it is prime dog walking territory with dramatic scenery and a rich history. Be sure to bring your camera to capture the 12th century priory in all its glory.
Is your dog particularly feisty? Skipton has exactly what you need – one of the best things about this town is that you can reach a rugged moor within a mile of the Town centre in just about any direction. Discover Skipton Moor is a five-mile walk that takes the average hiker about two hours and is wonderful after a fresh fall of snow.
We understand that your dog is a part of your family and should be included in your holiday, which is why we think you’ll absolutely adore Skipton. Being a farming area taking your well-behaved dog into a pub will not raise an eyebrow. When in there engage the locals in conversation. Yorkshire people can be a bit reserved at first but buy them a drink and the conversation will start to flow. These are some of the friendliest people you will meet anywhere in the UK.
Final tips: look for the traditional sweet shop near the church and don’t miss the excellent market that is held on the cobbled part of the main street on a Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Another bonus is that the local fish and chips are great.
Holiday properties of 4 and 5-star standard are available in the Skipton area. Why not pack the cases and the car and head for this lovely part of Yorkshire for a well-deserved break. Don’t forget the dog.