Dog Walking in the Dales

Written by: Elmtree Press

Dog walking in the Dales

The Dales attracts millions of dogs and their owners each year, who enjoy exploring the wonderful scenery on long walks and visiting many of the dog-friendly attractions and pubs.


If you’re coming to Yorkshire on holiday, many hotels and self-catering establishments accept well-behaved dogs too, see the dog friendly cottages on for more details.


For inspiration on great walks around the Dales visit where there is lots of information about short walks, long routes or walks suitable for buggies and wheelchairs. Alternatively, pop into one of the National Park Centres where the helpful staff will be able to give you advice on the best walks to suit your ability.


Although many attractions, pubs and shops do allow dogs please make sure you check before making a special visit.


Tips for Walking with your Dog


From March to July make sure you use a short lead for your dog as many ground nesting birds can be disturbed by dogs and leave their nest vulnerable.


Please ensure you bag and bin the poo! If you’re walking somewhere chances are other walkers will be along soon after you!


Make sure your dog in under control, preferably on a lead, around livestock as your dog could be shot for chasing farm animals.


If your dog is elderly (or on the small side!) the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority provide Miles without Stiles information on their website:


The wonderful limestone scenery, although a great place to visit, includes hazards where dogs could fall into caves or sinkholes so please stick to the paths.


If you remember these tips, you’ll have a great time in the Dales and your dog will be jumping for joy!


Keep an eye out for instructional signage on gates and posts, call into a National Park Centre for more advice (dogs welcome).