Dog friendly holidays in Dorset

Dog Friendly Holidays in Dorset

If you’re searching for dog friendly holidays in Dorset then look no further! At West Dorset Leisure Holidays, there is no need to leave your dogs behind when you come away on holiday. We welcome dogs and provide a range of dog friendly accommodation across our 4 Holiday Parks, so the whole family can enjoy the Jurassic Coast!

With all of our Holiday Parks being either close to the South West Coast Path or surrounded by countryside and footpaths, there is no better place to holiday with your dogs. The on-park facilities at Highlands End Holiday Park including Martin’s Bar & Restaurant are also specifically designed to meet the needs of dog owners and 3 of the parks have their own dog exercising field. Charges apply to bring dogs with you on holiday and you can find the information below. We do not charge for registered assistance dogs.

Key Features

Dog Friendly Accommodation

We have a fantastic range of dog friendly accommodation across the Holiday Parks. Our dog friendly accommodation is all top quality and in fantastic locations on the Parks.

At Highlands End Holiday Park, choose from dog friendly Lodges, Caravans or Bungalows. At Golden Cap Holiday Park, choose from dog friendly Lodges and Caravans and at Sandyholme Holiday Park there are dog friendly Caravans. Highlands End, Golden Cap, Graston Copse and Sandyholme Holiday Parks all allow dogs to stay with Motorhome, Touring Caravan, Campervan and Tent bookings.

For our Glamping accommodation, we have select Premier Pods at Highlands End that allow 1 dog and 1 Safari Tent and 1 Premier Pod at Golden Cap Holiday Park. Other than the Safari Tent at Golden Cap Holiday Park, all of our dog friendly accommodation have gated decking areas and the Lodges at Highlands End and Golden Cap have a dog bed.


Martin’s Bar & Restaurant

Martin’s Bar & Restaurant at Highlands End Holiday Park is a fantastic dog friendly venue. Just a short walk from the coast path, ‘Martin’s’ is open to guests of all WDLH Holiday Parks, as well as local residents. Many areas of the venue allow dogs and there is a large beer garden outside with views to Bridport and the surrounding countryside. There are dog bowls with water and a new doggy menu! There are also dog-free areas within the building. Both you and your dogs can enjoy a warm welcome and a delicious meal.

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Recommended Walks & Beaches

West Dorset is the perfect place for dog friendly holidays due to the great choice of walks in the area. Your dogs will love Dorset as much as you do! The South West Coast Path runs right past Highlands End Holiday Park and Golden Cap Holiday Park and is just 1 mile away from Graston Copse Holiday Park. Each Park is surrounded by great countryside walks, bridleways and footpaths to explore, as well as places like Langdon Hill woods, Eype Down and Tadnoll Nature Reserve. Speak to a member of the team at your Park Reception to find out about the best walks in the area or pick up a copy of our South West Coast Path maps in the Park Shops.

While Seatown Beach at Golden Cap Holiday Park is privately owned and not dog friendly, there are many footpaths within the 2,000 acres of National Trust land surrounding the park, as well as the coast path up to Thorncombe Beacon and Golden Cap with stunning views over 99 miles of coastline. There is also a small dog exercising area at the front of the park by the River Winniford. At Highlands End Holiday Park there is the 2.5 mile Nature Trail, an enclosed dog exercising area and Eype Beach is just a few hundred metres walk away and dog friendly all year round. West Bay is a 15 minute walk in the other direction, where the east beach has restrictions from 1st May to 1st October but the west beach allows dogs on leads all year round. At Graston Copse Holiday Park, in Burton Bradstock, there is a woodland walk, riverside walk and enclosed dog exercising area! Burton Beach is a 1 mile walk away, largely along footpaths and village lanes and this beach has restrictions from 1st May to 1st October except to the east, where dogs are welcome all year round.

To find out which other beaches are dog friendly and which have restrictions, visit The Beach Guide.

Tips & Rules

  • Leads – Please ensure you bring a lead for your dog. Dogs must be kept on leads at all times while on the park, unless within any enclosed designated dog exercising areas.
  • Supervision – Please don’t leave dogs unattended at any time on the parks, in your accommodation or in vehicles.
  • Essentials – Don’t forget to bring any of your doggy essentials such as food and toys. The designated dog friendly luxury lodges at Highlands End and Golden Cap Holiday Parks have dog beds included so don’t forget to bring a blanket!
  • Dog friendly accommodation – Dogs are only allowed in the designated dog friendly accommodation. If you take a dog into hire accommodation that is not allocated as dog friendly, you will be required to pay an additional fee of £80.00 for the deep cleaning of the accommodation and/or asked to find alternative accommodation for your pet so please ensure you book a dog friendly unit.
  • Furniture – Please keep dogs off the furniture and soft furnishings in your designated dog friendly accommodation.
  • Max number – We welcome a maximum of 2 dogs per booking or 1 in glamping accommodation due to the limited space.
  • Fouling – Any dog fouling must be cleared up and bins are provided around the parks for this purpose.
  • Dangerous breeds – We do not allow dangerous breeds, as per the Dangerous Dog Act 1991.
  • Vets – Should you require their services, there are 2 local vets nearby in Bridport – Bredy Vets (01308 456771) and Hayden Vets (01308 456808)

Prices

Lodge, Caravan & Bungalows

The price to bring a dog to stay with you in a Lodge, Caravan or Bungalow is £40 per dog for week bookings and £30 per dog for short breaks.

Glamping

The price to bring a dog to stay with you in a Premier Camping Pod or Safari Tent is £25 per dog for week bookings and £15 per dog for short breaks.

Touring and Camping

The price to bring a dog to stay with you in a Tent, Touring Caravan, Motorhome or Campervan is £3 per dog per night in mid and high season and £1 per dog per night in low season.

A day at Highlands End

Woof woof says Harry! We would like to welcome you to one of the WDLH Parks. Although they are all dog friendly, we spent the day at Highlands End and we cannot believe how many friends we met! Here is our guide to a perfect doggy day at Highlands End!

Daisy and I started the morning off with a fabulous run and a game of fetch in the park’s dog exercising area. Here we can run around off the lead and see the amazing views across the coastline. We had great fun burning off some energy, ready for a quick rest and drink back at the Motorhome before heading to the Park Shop where our owner’s picked up some morning pastries and some yummy dog food! After some breakfast ourselves, we began to get restless so after a few teasing barks, we were off for a walk down to Eype Beach with a small picnic and a day out swimming and rock pooling under Thorncombe Beacon. It took me a while to build up the courage to go swimming but Daisy jumped right in off the pebbles! It was so nice to cool off and swim after chasing a ball along the beach, which we pretty much had to ourselves!

After the picnic we walked back up the hill to the park and had a quick wash in the doggie shower to clean off the sand and salt water. After a nice long sleep in the late afternoon sun, it was time to head to Martin’s Bar & Restaurant. It’s great that most of the venue is dog friendly so Daisy and I could relax in the warm with our owners and meet other doggies. We had a quick pit stop at one of the water bowls before getting some treats from the bar and a couple of bits off the doggie menu, including some delicious doggie ice cream! As good as our food was, our owner’s burger and steak looked incredible! A short walk back to the Motorhome and it was time for bed, not before saying hello to Jack and Matthew, the park wardens! Everyone has been so friendly and welcoming and we’ve met so many doggie friends. Tomorrow we’re heading off round the local area! The team at Reception told us all about the dog friendly attractions, beaches and places to eat so we can’t wait to explore some more and discover Dorset!

Dog Friendly Holiday Homes for Sale

If you love visiting Dorset and would enjoy more holidays here, why not look into Holiday Home Ownership. We have new and pre-owned Holiday Homes for sale on all 5 parks to suit any budget from £11,500 to £300,000+ (subject to availability). All of our Holiday Parks and all of the Holiday Homes are dog friendly and we allow up to 2 dogs. It’s a great way for your family and four legged friends to see Dorset throughout the seasons. Caravan Holiday Homes have a 9 month season from 1st March to 30th November and lodges at Larkfield Holiday Park have a 10.5 month season. Visit the Holiday Homes in Dorset website to find out more.

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