The 1st of April may be April Fools’ Day, but if you’re an animal lover you may associate it with the beginning of National Pet Month. Across the country our furry friends are gearing up for 30 days of extra special walkies, tummy scratches and tasty treats.
For the Welsh Rarebits team, National Pet Month is the perfect excuse to explore the beautiful landscapes of Wales with our canine companions. If you’re a dog lover planning a trip to our part of the world in the next few weeks, check out the five brilliant experiences listed below – they’re guaranteed to give you paws for thought…
Visiting Gelert’s grave
Gelert was a legendary Welsh dog who lived in the 13th century. Mistakenly killed before his time, he was greatly mourned by his owner Prince Llywelyn. Today you can visit his grave as part of the River Glaslyn walking trail. Head to the village of Beddgelert (which, unsurprisingly, translates to “the grave of Gelert”) and you can take a scenic stroll along the banks of the Glaslyn, looping away from the river briefly to visit the memorial stones. As you’d expect, the trail is dog-friendly; it’s also worth mentioning that it’s suited to walkers of all ability levels, and set against the stunning backdrop of Mount Snowdon.
Wales is a magnet for lovers of the great outdoors – and that includes the four-legged variety. Assuming your pooch is reasonably well-behaved, they’ll be welcome at a variety of places that’ll delight both you and your pet. Historic Wales has a fantastic selection of castles to visit, for example, where you can marvel at ancient battlements while Rover enjoys the bracing fresh air. Raglan Castle in the Vale of Usk, and Carmarthenshire’s Laugharne Castle are two great examples.
Wales is a nation of dog lovers, so it’s no surprise that a huge number of hotels here are pet-friendly. For the ideal stay, book a hotel surrounded by gardens and woodland open to dogs. Some establishments will even go the extra mile to supply features like complimentary dog beds, so it’s worth researching before you finalise that booking. We have a fantastic selection of dog-friendly Welsh Rarebits Hotels, Great Little Places and Rare Hideaways!
Beach hopping in Pembrokeshire
Pembrokeshire has over 50 gorgeous beaches, and all of them are dog friendly! If you have a dog who loves frolicking in the waves, book yourself a trip to this beautiful part of the world and plan some seaside walks. Particularly special spots include Marloes and Newport Sands – although it’s hard to go wrong. In the summer months, some beaches put restrictions on areas open to dogs, but it shouldn’t limit your furry friend’s adventuring too much.
Travel by train
The Ffestiniog Railway and the Welsh Highland Railway are two historic train lines that carry passengers through scenic areas of Snowdonia. If you travel in the third class portion of either train, you’re allowed to bring a dog aboard – and each pup is only charged £3 for the journey.
Wherever you end up travelling with your canine companion, just remember to pack water, a camera and plenty of snacks! A day out exploring the stunning landscapes of Wales can be exhausting for humans and dogs alike…
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