Want to make the most of summer and head camping, but not sure what to do with your pooch? Bring them along with you! Although the idea of camping with dogs seems like a no-go, there are a variety of ways you can make the experience enjoyable for you – and your pup. So, what’s stopping you? Find out how to camp with a dog in our guide.
How to camp with a dog
As with any camping trip, the key to a good time is preparation. You’ll need to prep where to go, ways to keep your pup’s tail wagging and what to take with you. First up though is planning where to head on your adventure. Check out our top five dog friendly camping spots below.
Top 5 dog friendly camping spots
1. Celtic Camping, St. Davids, Pembrokeshire
One of our favourite dog friendly camping spots for you and your furry friend to settle for the night is Celtic Camping. Located close to the historic city of St. Davids, this campsite provides you with the best of both worlds. Waking up right next to the Pembrokeshire coastline and the opportunity to explore the city while you’re there.
• Two blocks of toilets and shower blocks
• Three camping fields
• Electric hook-up option
• Two commercial kitchens
• Pebble beach just a ten minute walk away
2. Woodside Country Park, Ledbury, Herefordshire
Looking for a place to go camping with dogs – with an added touch of luxury? Woodside Country Park in Herefordshire offers just that. With over 25 acres of countryside to find a spot, find your ideal woodland staycation here. Whether you want to camp or enjoy the home comforts of a camping pod, the choice is yours. And for activities during the day, you can explore the Malvern Hills or Eastnor Castle for some dog friendly adventures.
• Four shower blocks
• Washing machine and tumble dryers
• Limited Wi-Fi
• Chemical waste disposal points
3. Mount Pleasant Eco Park, Porthtowan, Cornwall
If you’re an eco-conscious camper – this is the site for you. With the sparkling sea on view right from your tent and free marshmallows for toasting, what could be better? With more than 40 pitches to choose from, there’s plenty of space for you to comfortably set up camp for the night. Wondering what makes it eco-friendly? The site is powered partly by a wind turbine and the rest is supplemented with solar panels from the roof of the on-site café.
• One toilet and shower block
• Separate washing block for dishes
• Communal freezer
• On-site vegetarian café
4. Lanefoot Farm, Keswick, Cumbria
Whether you’re looking for a family campsite or a place to pitch up with dramatic views of Skiddaw, start your camping adventure at Lanefoot Farm in Keswick. Perfect for a holiday packed with hiking mountains, water sports and ambling around lakeside towns with your pooch – this is one of the best dog friendly camping spots in the UK.
• 3 women’s & 3 men’s toilets
• 3 showers
• Washing up area
• Drying room
• Small shop on-site
5. Comrie Croft, Perthshire, Central Scotland
Experience communal living at it’s finest at Comrie Croft – deep in the heart of the Perthshire Highlands. And not only do you have the option to set up camp with your tent, but you can also call a Norwegian kata or a Swedish tipi your home for the night if you’re looking for a unique adventure. Super cosy and calm for both you and your pup, there are plenty of woodlands and walking trails for you to explore right from this campsite.
• Solar and turbine powered toilets and showers
• Camping stores
• Bike hire
Essential information for camping with dogs
Fancy heading to one of the dog friendly camping spots highlighted above? Before you set off on your trip, consider these key pieces of information before taking dogs camping with you:
• Preparation, preparation, preparation. In order to keep your four-legged friend as happy and relaxed as you, your pup will need to be fully prepared for the adventure. They’ll need to be vaccinated, socialised and obedient – especially if the campsite owns livestock.
• Don’t forget to pack the essentials. It goes without saying that you’ll take food, a water bowl, a bed, a lead and poo bags. But you will need to take some extras like: a hands-free camping dog lead, clothing for the night and even a cooling vest for hot days.
• Pick up the poo. You don’t want to wake up to angry faces and complaints if you’ve let your dog go to the toilet all around your pitch – and you’ve forgotten to pick up the remains! Scour the area around your pitch every hour to avoid this.
And that concludes our guide to camping with dogs! Now you know how to camp with a dog (and how to do it successfully) it’s time to start planning your adventure. Just be sure you have all the camping gear and dog products you need for a smooth-sailing trip.