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Holidays For the Entire Family – That Includes the Dog!

Last Updated on May 15, 2014 by Jody Halsted

Holidays in Britain are increasing in popularity as people realise that areas of outstanding natural beauty are not limited to foreign soil. The UK is, in fact, home to some of the world's finest beaches, forests and mountain ranges. As a result, holidaymakers, especially those who enjoy rambling, need not go far to enjoy themselves. A holiday in Britain is also a good option for pet owners as there are plenty of dog friendly holiday cottages located throughout the country.

Dog lovers often head to Shropshire for their holidays. Home to more than 3,500 miles of walking trails, public footpaths and rights of way, Shropshire is the ideal destination for those who want to explore the Great British countryside alongside their four-legged companions.

Approximately 25 per cent of Shropshire is officially recognised as an area of outstanding natural beauty, so there are plenty of places for people and their pet dogs to enjoy the countryside. Offa's Dyke National Trail is of particular interest to ramblers, while exploring the gorges carved out by the Severn Way can prove especially enjoyable.

Sykes Cottages are available throughout Shropshire, but some of the finest can be found in Bishops Castle, Weston-under-Redcastle, Eaton-under-Heywood, Bridgnorth, Church Stretton and Brynallt Country Park. Many dog friendly holiday cottages in Shropshire are converted barns and period buildings, which add to the allure of this most picturesque of English counties.

Shropshire is by no means the only area in Britain that accommodates families and their pets on holiday. Plenty of warm, comfortable cottages can be found in Wales and Scotland, the latter boasting some of the most spectacular scenery in Britain. Families and their dogs are likely to encounter quiet beaches, thick woodland, barren moors and striking mountains in Scotland, which can provide relative peace and isolation throughout much of the year. Holiday cottages in and around the Cairngorms National Park offer seclusion and comfort in areas of truly outstanding natural beauty.

In Wales, meanwhile, dog lovers can enjoy hikes around Anglesey, Llandudno and Snowdonia, home to Mount Snowdon, the highest mountain in Britain outside Scotland. Visitors to this glorious corner of Britain can trek across the Berwyn Mountains or head to any of the clean, quiet beaches that adorn the country's breath-taking coastline.

Another perennially popular tourist destination for families and their pet dogs is Cornwall, which typically enjoys relatively mild winters and unusually warm summers. Home to some of the finest surf in northern Europe, Cornwall also boasts plenty of pet friendly holiday cottages.

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