Dog playing at Black Rock Sands

Why Somerset is great for a dog-friendly holiday

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As all dog owners know, our furry friends love the seaside! Chasing balls along the beach, frolicking in the surf or terrorising seagulls, there’s lot for a canine to enjoy, and Somerset is full of doggy highlights. 

Below we’ll explore some of the best beaches, country walks, dog-friendly pubs, and restaurants in the area. Needless to say, the seaside towns of Somerset are a dog’s paradise! Our Burnham-on-Sea Holiday Village doesn't permit dogs, but Doniford Bay Holiday Park is the perfect place for a dog-friendly holiday to Somerset. Let's take through the fantastic things for your furry friend to enjoy.

Play fetch on Brean Beach

Play fetch on Brean Beach

Brean Beach is a great day out from Doniford Bay and is dog-friendly all year round, with off-lead areas and plenty of golden sand to romp along.

Dogs are welcome on Doniford Bay's main beach all-year-round, which is just as well as you’ll likely have loads of space to enjoy the sights and sounds of the sea together!

West Huntspill riverbank, Highbridge

At West Huntspill, Highbridge, just 20 miles from Doniford Bay Holiday Park, there’s a picturesque walk up the banks of the River Huntspill. You can take a 5km circuit down to the Bristol Channel and back via the opposite bank.

It’s safe to let your dog off the lead here but do look out for egrets, redshanks, and other beautiful birds in the surrounding marshes. While you’re in Huntspill, have a lovely lunch at the Crossways Inn.

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Kings Cliff, North Petherton, Bridgewater

Kings Cliff, North Petherton, Bridgewater

If you’re visiting Bridgewater and fancy a wooded walk amongst rolling Somerset hills where you can let your four-legged friend explore, then this is a walk much-beloved of locals. Access it via Cliff Road out of North Petherton and you’ll find a small car park and several miles of wooded trails, including one alongside a stream, which thirsty pets will love.

Dog-friendly restaurants and bars

Dog-friendly restaurants and bars

Here is our rundown of the most dog-friendly eateries and watering holes near the Somerset seaside:

Bay View Café
If you’re looking for somewhere to refuel on the promenade, the Bay View Café is reputedly friendly to well-behaved dogs. On rainy days, they’re even welcome indoors.

Dunstan House Inn

This traditional, friendly pub is very dog positive, with covered outdoor space and plenty of room inside too. They’ll even provide rugs and blanket if it gets a bit chilly outdoors. Tables are bookable if you’d like to dine here too.

The Front Parlour

Whether it’s a Sunday roast or a cream tea on a sunny afternoon, The Front Parlour is a great place to eat with your pet in tow. It’s cosy and stylish and there are stunning views over the Bristol Channel.

The Somerset and Dorset

Here’s another friendly and atmospheric pub which welcomes pooches. The food is reasonably priced pub fare, and you’ll often find live music here at the weekend.

The Railway

This Greene King pub is a great place to eat, and dogs are welcome on the patio outside. Animals are also welcome indoors in inclement weather, according to the owner.

The Victoria Hotel

The Victoria Hotel provides a friendly, relaxed venue to catch a football match while tucking into a burger and a local beer. Visitors report a friendly welcome, for both humans and dogs alike.

Take Two Coffee Shop

Another great Somerset café that welcomes canines is the Take Two. It’s one of the few cafes that allows well-behaved dogs indoors and is popular for both breakfast and lunches.

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