Your dog is welcome in the Yorkshire Dales

Your Dog is Welcome in the Yorkshire Dales

All of our walks have dog friendly options, so with miles of footpaths to explore, trees to sniff and grass to roll in we think you’ll both have a great day.


All of our walks are dog friendly (apart from the boardwalk on the National Nature Reserve at Malham Tarn), although you are likely to encounter livestock and stiles on many of them. Please follow our doggy do’s and don’ts below for a safe and fun trip out.

Doggie do’s and don’ts

To help us ensure our visitors, dogs, wildlife and local livestock get along, please can you:

  • Keep your dog under close control and preferably on a lead
  • Don't let your dog chase wildlife or farm animals
  • Pick up your dog's mess and take it home with you
  • Avoid leaving dogs in cars on hot days
  • Watch out for local notices. There may be restrictions in woodland or farmland at sensitive times of year, during the lambing season, or between March and the end of July when ground-nesting birds are on eggs or raising their young
  • Cows are naturally curious; if they approach, walk slowly with your dog at heel. If you feel threatened, let go of your dog – it can run faster than cattle and escape. Once you are safe, regain control of your dog. Always walk around cows with calves; they may feel threatened if you walk between them. If you are unsure, try to find an alternative route around the field.  Please note that we have cattle grazing at Hudswell Woods over the winter period and around the Malham Tarn Estate.

Now you're ready for your 4-legged friend to start their waggy adventure...

Enjoy walking with your dog around the Yorkshire Dales
Your Dog is Welcome in the Yorkshire Dales
Enjoy walking with your dog around the Yorkshire Dales

A place to stay

Many of our holiday cottages welcome well-behaved dogs so they can join you on your holiday; The Old Smithy is our cottage in Upper Wharfedale and Darnbrook Cottage is on Malham Moor. These cosy hideaways in the village of Buckden and on Malham Moor are an ideal base for couples or families and their dog to explore the surrounding countryside on foot. Town Head Barn bunk barn in Buckden, Upper Wharfedale and our two camping bothies at Malham Tarn, Ragged Robin and Meadowsweet also welcome dogs to join you on your holiday. Town Head Barn sleeps 13 in bunkbeds and is perfectly situated in Buckden to explore Upper Wharfedale and beyond. The bothies provide a 'camping with walls' experience on the edge of the Malham Tarn National Nature Reserve and they each sleep 6 in bunkbeds.