Are you a dog lover looking to explore the beauty of the Peak District? Look no further! The Peak District National Park offers a plethora of stunning landscapes, charming villages, and picturesque trails, making it an ideal destination for a dog-friendly holiday. We love our dogs at Greystone Cottages and we know how awkward it can be sometimes to find suitable things to do with them!

In this article, we will guide you through the top attractions and activities you can enjoy with your furry friend in the magnificent Peak District.

Scenic Walks and Hikes

The Peak District boasts an extensive network of walking trails, ranging from easy strolls to challenging hikes. Lace up your boots and embark on memorable adventures with your canine companion. From the iconic Kinder Scout to the scenic Mam Tor, there are trails to suit all abilities.

Our Lodge Cottage in Castleton has the perfect warm-water outdoor shower for muddy pups

Dog-Friendly Accommodation

When planning your dog-friendly holiday, it is crucial to find suitable accommodation, that is both comfortable and dog-friendly.  We have two beautiful, dog-friendly holiday cottages in the Peak District. Lodge Cottage in Castleton and Swallow Cottage in Bakewell are both super comfortable and well-equipped. From secure out-door spaces to dog-friendly amenities, you can rest assured that your furry friend will feel right at home.

Toby the Cavapoo enjoying the garden at Swallow Cottage

Dog-Friendly Eateries

After a day of exploring the picturesque Peak District, you and your furry friend may want to refuel at one of the region's dog-friendly eateries and there are plenty that welcome dogs with open arms and even offer special treats and amenities for them. Here are a few of our favourites: 

The George, Castleton

Situated in the heart of Castleton, The George is a charming dog-friendly pub that offers a warm and cozy atmosphere. With its traditional décor and roaring fireplaces, it's the perfect place to unwind after a long walk with your four-legged friend. Dogs are allowed in the bar area and can enjoy a refreshing drink of water while you indulge in delicious pub fare.

Check out our full guide to visiting Castleton.

You can see Peveril Castle from the George's beer garden

Chakra Lounge, Bakewell

If you're craving something a little different, head to Chakra Lounge in Bakewell. This vibrant café specializes in Indian street food and vegetarian and vegan dishes and welcomes dogs, making it an ideal spot to enjoy flavorful cuisine while your furry companion relaxes by your side. Treat yourself to a fragrant curry or a mouthwatering samosa while your dog basks in the relaxed ambiance.

The Rutland Arms, Bakewell

Nestled in the heart of Bakewell, The Rutland Arms is a historic coaching inn that combines traditional charm with modern comforts. This dog-friendly establishment welcomes well-behaved dogs in their bar area, where you can enjoy a refreshing drink and sample their delicious menu, featuring classic British dishes. If booking ahead be sure to let them know you are bringing your dog so they can seat you in the dog-friendly bar area, which is really cosy. 

Toby waiting for his Rutland sausages

The Woodyard, Bakewell

The Woodyard is another gem in Bakewell and their outdoor area is ideal for enjoying a leisurely meal or just some refreshments after a day exploring with your canine companion. It’s the perfect spot on a sunny day, as it over-looks the pretty river Wye. 

I recommend taking a look at their menu of tasty cocktails and mocktails too! 

Tillys, Castleton

Tillys is a delightful tearoom located in the charming village of Castleton. Known for its warm hospitality, Tillys welcomes dogs, allowing you to enjoy a scrumptious cream tea or a light lunch or hearty breakfast, while your furry friend relaxes by your side. Don't forget to try their famous scones topped with clotted cream and jam!

Bank House, Hathersage

Situated in the picturesque village of Hathersage, Bank House is a gastropub with a dog-friendly area, that offers a cozy and welcoming atmosphere. With a menu showcasing seasonal and locally sourced ingredients, you can indulge in mouthwatering dishes while your canine companion receives a warm reception. From classic pub favorites to innovative culinary creations, Bank House has something for everyone.

Days Out with Your Dog

Exploring the Peak District with your four-legged friend goes beyond scenic walks. There are numerous dog-friendly attractions in the region that offer exciting experiences for both you and your canine companion. Here are some must-visit places for memorable days out with your dog:

Bakewell is a fun place for your four-legged companion to explore

The Monsal Trail

The Monsal Trail is a former railway line turned picturesque walking and cycling trail that spans around 8.5 miles. This dog-friendly route takes you through stunning limestone dales, viaducts, and tunnels. You can either walk the trail with your dog or hire a bike with a dog trailer, allowing your furry friend to join you on two wheels. Revel in the breath-taking views and enjoy the tranquil surroundings of the Peak District.

Ready for adventure!

Peak Cavern

Known as the "Devil's Arse," Peak Cavern is a fascinating underground cave system that welcomes dogs on leads. Explore the largest cave entrance in Britain and learn about its intriguing history as you venture into the depths of the earth. Marvel at the unique rock formations and the magnificent limestone cavern while your loyal companion accompanies you on this unforgettable underground adventure.

Treak Cavern

Another dog-friendly underground attraction is Treak Cavern, located near the village of Castleton. Take your furry friend on a guided tour of this ancient limestone cave system, filled with stunning stalactites and stalagmites. It's famous for its unique and large deposits of Blue John stone. As you wander through the underground chambers, your dog can experience the wonders of Treak Cavern alongside you, making for an enchanting shared experience.

Abraham Heights

For those seeking breath-taking panoramic views of the Peak District, a visit to Abraham Heights is a must. Dogs are welcome to join you as you ascend the heights via the cable car from Matlock Bath. At the summit, soak in the stunning vistas of the Derwent Valley, walk along the cliff-top paths, and enjoy the fresh air. Capture unforgettable moments with your furry friend amidst the stunning backdrop of the Peak District's natural beauty.

Dogs are welcome to dine with you inside the café and outside the Vista restaurant in the garden courtyard.

Ladybower Reservoir

Nestled in the Upper Derwent Valley, Ladybower Reservoir offers a picturesque setting for a leisurely walk with your dog. Explore the scenic trails that surround the reservoir, taking in the serene waters and surrounding woodland. There are plenty of spots to stop for a picnic or a game of fetch, allowing your furry friend to enjoy the open space and fresh air.

Visit Around Bakewell

The charming town of Bakewell is a hub of dog-friendly attractions. Take a stroll along the River Wye with your canine companion, enjoy the beautiful riverside views, and perhaps even dip your dog's paws in the water on a warm day. Explore the town's quaint streets, visit the Bakewell Old House Museum, and don't forget to try a famous Bakewell Pudding together—a treat for both you and your dog.

Bakewell on market day

Ready to Make your Dog a Happy Pup?

A dog-friendly holiday in the Peak District promises unforgettable experiences for both you and your furry friend. From scenic walks and hikes to comfortable accommodation and welcoming attractions, this beautiful national park has it all. Embrace the opportunity to create lasting memories while exploring the stunning landscapes of the Peak District with your canine companion by your side.

And if you'd like to check our cottage availability for your dog-friendly trip (we'd love to welcome you), please head over to the booking page for our best rates.

Start planning your dog-friendly getaway today and prepare for a truly pawsome adventure!

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