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5 dog friendly days out in Derbyshire

The non-metropolitan county of Derbyshire is a unique day out and an absolutely mesmerising outdoor spot, which is hardly surprising considering that it is the majority portion of the Peak District National Park falls within it. Here are some of the best days out with your dogs in the area.

The Heights of Abraham

The Heights of Abraham

When The Heights of Abraham promise a day of fun, exploration and adventure for the whole family, they mean the whole family, dog-members included. It goes without saying that the dogs are welcome to explore the region and the greenery alongside you, but some people are concerned about the fact that you access the main area via cable car. Don’t worry – dogs travel in them free, just keep an eye on them because it can be a daunting first-time experience for your canine companion. The limitations mean that dogs are not allowed in the caverns – which is as much for the dog’s comfort as other visitors – and they cannot go inside buildings. They’re allowed in the cafe, though, who will give your puppy-pal some water if you ask. There are also bowls of fresh water scattered across the area. 

The Heights of Abraham

Information when visiting with dogs

Dogs on a short lead welcome and travel free on cable cars.

Website: The Heights of Abraham

Dovedale 

Dovedale

This National Nature Reserve is a valley of ash woodland, bustling grasslands and wildlife-dense river. Dogs are welcome, though it is required that they stay on their lead, as there is farmland wildlife, like grazing cows, that are disturbed by those bundles of energy we call pets! There are walks available for varying degrees of skill and fitness, with gentle paths as well as steep climbs. There are bins in the car park and the stableyard, so be sure to take your own disposable bags to clean up after your dog and make sure the area you’re visiting is as beautiful for the next people as it was for you. 

National Trust

Information when visiting with dogs

Dogs welcome but please keep your dog on a lead to avoid disturbance to grazing livestock.

Website: Dovedale

Peak District National Park

Peak District National Park

When you hear “Derbyshire” in the UK, you think “Peak District” without a second’s thought. The sweeping hills, babbling brooks, the quintessentially British wildlife and the numerous walking paths that allow you to see it all. Because this is a sensitive breeding site responsible for a lot of the regions biodiversity and environmental care, there are areas of the park dogs can’t be taken. There are dog-friendly attractions and numerous accommodation that allows family members of all species. Between the views, the paths, the scenery and the activities, there’s not much not to love about this special part of the world. 

Peak District National Park

Information when visiting with dogs

Dogs welcome all year round but always keep your dog on a lead when you’re in fields with livestock.

Website: Peak District National Park

Peveril Castle

Peveril Castle

You’ll be amazed at how beautifully the castles in this area blend into the scenery. When you think of infrastructure in modern times, you think of jarring images, or city scapes. However, historically, castles and stately homes were placed in the most remote places, and built with rustic stone that really adds to the historically significant ambience of the region. This 11th-century ruin is one of England’s earliest Norman fortresses suitable to explore with your dogs, provided they’re kept on their leads. Enjoy panoramic views of the area, as well as a beautiful, sweeping walks and trails that lead you to and from it. 

English Heritage

Information when visiting with dogs

Dogs are welcome on the site, but must be kept on a lead.

Website: Peveril Castle

Arbor Low Stone Circle

Arbor Low Stone Circle

Nothing screams “prehistoric English heritage” quite like a stone circle, does it? While a lot of people might be tempted, on hearing that statement, to think of Stonehenge, that monument in Wiltshire is great but certainly not the only one worth visiting. Arbow Low Stone Circle in Derbyshire is a Neolithic henge that sits on a carboniferous limestone plateau which is called the White Peak area. Dogs are of course welcome – such is why it features as a top five on this list! – but they are to be kept on a lead, so that they aren’t tempted to try playing with grazing animals in the fields. 

English Heritage

Information when visiting with dogs

Dogs on leads are welcome but must be kept under close control as there may be animals grazing.

Website: Arbor Low Stone Circle

Derbyshire is a beautiful part of the world, bustling with things to enjoy – and there is no exception to that, even when your dogs are visiting with you. Just follow the rules and keep them under a watchful eye, and there’s no reason these places can’t be a great day-out for the whole family.