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My favourite dog-friendly walks in North Yorkshire

By Natalie Johnson – 10th Februry 2021

I love nothing more than a day in the fresh air, exploring with my family and fur babies.

North Yorkshire really does provide the perfect backdrop for some super dog-friendly walks, with so many scenic routes and trails. It really is good for the soul.


When venturing out with your dog there are a few things to bare in mind.

Often, when walking in the Yorkshire countryside, it’s not uncommon to walk through fields of livestock so keeping your dog on a short lead at all times is important. If you’re anything like us and your walks end up a little longer than planned, always make sure you have plenty of water available for your pup and yourself of course (we never go anywhere without a flask of tea).

I’ve also added a few dog-friendly staycation ideas such as pubs, cafes, and overnight stays too if you’re after a little staycation in North Yorkshire.

Dog-Friendly walks in North Yorkshire

Aysgarth Falls

This is one of my most favourite places to walk in the Dales. There are 3 main waterfalls, which are part of the river Ure. They give this place such a dramatic and atmospheric feel, making Aysgarth Falls stunning in every season. The walks and trails here are great, taking you through wooded valleys with spectacular views of the limestone falls. You can choose the length and difficulty of your walk and a lot of the footpaths have been carefully landscaped so it’s much easier for wheelchairs and pushchairs too.

Dog-friendly stop-offs 

Mill Race Teashop for delicious cakes and lunches. www.millraceteashop.com

The Wheatsheaf Inn, Carperby for an extremely comfortable overnight stay with your pooch. www.wheatsheafinwensleydale.co.uk


Penhill, West Witton

This breathtaking circular walk from the lovely village of West Witton gives you everything you need from a good day out. The incredible views over Wensleydale really do stay with you. Penhill is probably one of the most notable hills in Wensleydale, and for good reason. The walk up there is breathtaking and the sights along the way really are some of the best in the Dales.

Dog-friendly stop-offs

The Wensleydale Heifer for gorgeous food and luxury accommodation for you and your four-legged friends. www.wensleydaleheifer.co.uk


Robin Hood’s Bay

This picturesque fishing village is the place to go if you and your dog love your coastal walks. Just remember to have their lead to hand as there are a fair few unfenced cliff edges and sheer drops. Who’s dog doesn’t love a good run on the beach?! Robin Hood’s Bay is perfect for that; it’s dog friendly all year round.

You can also walk the 1 mile to Boggle Hole using the section of the Cleveland Way National Trail. Boggle Hole is a small cove with curved-out little caves in the rock. It really gives you the feeling of being in a pirate story and it is certainly one of North Yorkshire’s hidden gems! You just have to be careful as the tide can come in pretty quick and can be deceivingly deep.

Dog-friendly stop-offs

The Quarterdeck cafe and bar at the Y.A.H Boggle Hole is perfect for a bite to eat and a cosy up in front of the log burner. www.yha.org.uk

Clarence Dene Bed and Breakfast for the perfect location. clarencedene.com


Runswick Bay

Another idyllic seaside fishing village with a beautiful sweeping sandy beach is Runswick Bay, which was voted one of the top 5 best beaches in the UK by the Guardian. It is surrounded by magnificent sea views, which is why it’s not hard to see that Runswick Bay is one of the best dog-friendly spots in North Yorkshire.

Stopping at Kettleness Point to appreciate the stunning scenery is a must. While you’re there, you can have a walk along the rocks, and even down to the beach.

Enjoy over a mile of that beautiful bay and breathe in that invigorating sea air. Don’t forget a towel if your dog loves a paddle!

Dog-friendly stop-offs

Runswick Bay Hotel good food and a good atmosphere, a great pub. www.therunswickbay.com


Sutton Bank

I absolutely love Sutton Bank on the edge of the North York Moors, and I do believe James Herriot was right when he said ‘The finest view in England’. This spectacular view, on a good day, lets you see all the way over to the Yorkshire Dales. The walk around Roulston Scar to the White horse of Kilburn is around 3 miles and takes around 2 hours if you stick to the footpaths. I would recommend keeping your dog on a lead during this part of the walk as there are steep banks and it also can get busy during peak times. There are many tracks through the woods too if you fancy more of an exploration and don’t mind getting muddy.

Dog-friendly stop-offs

The Fauconberg Arms for a cosy and relaxing Yorkshire stay. www.fauconbergarms.com





Nat x


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