A family day out at Ford and Etal in Northumberland

During our week in Northumberland, someone gave us a hint about a little gem of a place to visit. Ford and Etal are adjacent villages that are like stepping back in time. We piled into the van with bikes on the back and set out to explore. Etal Castle Etal Castle is an English Heritage property located in the village of Etal in Northumberland. Inside the visitors’ centre is a small exhibition depicting the Anglo-Saxon warfare that took place in and around the castle and nearby Flodden Battlefields. For families, Etal Castle is a lovely place to explore. There’s little…

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Dog friendly family camping Pencarnan Farm Pembrokeshire

We are always looking for dog friendly accommodation. Camping is often the best option, especially now we have the van. So, with a couple of days to spare over the bank holiday, we headed for the coast. By pure chance, we found and booked one of the most incredible campsites we’ve ever been to. In fact, it was so good that I was almost reluctant to share it. Pencarnan Farm is a hidden gem that we’ll go back to again and again. Pencarnan Farm Pencarnan is a working farm on the most westerly edge of Pembrokeshire. It is located right…

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Vale of Rheidol Railway dog friendly family day out

It’s amazing to see that so many places offer dog friendly accommodation these days. But sadly, finding somewhere to stay is often the tip of the iceberg. So, I thought I’d share the a dog friendly family day out we had over the Easter break at the Vale of Rheidol Railway. Not only is the railway itself dog friendly, but there are some lovely pubs, beaches and campsites in the area that welcome canine family members. The Vale of Rheidol Railway Running from Aberystwyth to Devil’s Bridge, the Vale of Rheidol narrow gauge steam railway climbs 700ft in just under…

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Dog friendly accommodation around the UK to suit every budget

For many of us, dogs are part of the family. And when you’re travelling in the UK, you want to bring them with you. But I’ve recently noticed a trend towards accommodation declaring itself ‘dog friendly’ when, quite frankly, it isn’t. There are so many restrictions that unless you have one small dog that doesn’t shed hair or have vocal chords, you can’t bring them. So, here’s a list of UK hotels, pubs, self-catering accommodation, caravan parks and campsites that are dog friendly. I’ve listed any restrictions that may prevent you from bringing your dog, such as only allowing one…

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