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Welcome to your dog friendly holiday in Whitby

We know your Dog is a very important member of your family. Going on holiday without him just isn't an option . From experience and visitors feedback, we also know search and find dog friendly can be a long, tedious task. We decided to address this flaw for tourists who would like to bring their dog on holiday to Whitby.

Open For Dogs
Owners Welcome naturally!

We know there is a significant number of holiday accommodation here in Whitby where pets are welcome. So we have highlighted a variety just for you. We've also added an array of interesting produce, products, news and much more.

From the comfort of your armchair you can browse, book and plan the perfect break for you and your dog. A fun holiday in Whitby really is at your fingertips.

Explore Whitby Where Dogs Are Welcome.

North Yorkshire Moors National Park

Spectacular Scenery

North Yorkshire MoorsThis really is walkaholic country. Whether you like an amble or stroll or are a long distance hiker there is plenty of choice on the North Yorkshire|Moors.

The smallest of Yorkshire's three National Parks, it has the largest expanse of unbroken wild heather moorland in England. It is also a Heritage Coast where dinosaurs roamed.

Vast open spaces of lush green fields and Moorland, a dramatic coastline and atmospheric woods. There are dozens of short walks.  Ideal for wildlife spotting in their natural habitat.


Pilgrims made the Moors their home years ago. There are a lot of historic churches and priories all over the area. The landscape has crosses dotted in and around to help the pilgrims find their way.

People who live on the Moors just as in Whitby, still follow tradition. That, along with Heritage is a big part of their lives. Generational arts and crafts are still practiced and as in Whitby, land is used and managed in a responsible way that has no impact on its sought after beauty. Folk move gently with the times and embrace moving forward. Whitby Tourist Information centre has an abundance of leaflets and books detailing every country nook and cranny you and your dog can explore or go to http://visitthemoors.co.uk

Comprehensive information about walks in North Yorkshire including the North Yorkshire National Park can be found on www.wanderlust.org.uk Countryside Access gives you complete information on country codes. Visit www.countrysideaccess.gov.uk

Keep your dogs safe on the North Yorkshire Moors

Keep your dog safe and the North Yorkhire Moors is a special place to visit.

  • Keep your dog on a short lead near farm animals.
  • If cattle act aggressively take your dog off the lead.
  • Never let your dog chase animals or birds. A dog that worries livestock can be legally shot.
  • Between March and 31st July on moorland keep your dog on a short lead (less than 2 metres) when rare birds are nesting on the ground Forestry commission woods are a great place for your Dog to explore - Please keep your dog under control when your are visiting.
  • Don't give your dog a bad name. Always clear up any mess. Take care not to leave any where people walk.
  • Remember that arable crops and grass are used for producing food for people or livestock, so always clean up on farmland too. It is safer to keep your dogs on a lead by horses, riders, or cyclists Always look out for signs giving advice on keeping your dog on a lead at sensitive times for wildlife and farm animals.

Safety On Farmland in North Yorkshire Moors

Move carefully and quietly through fields containing livestock. Don't climb walls or fences. Leave gates as you find them.  Dogs should be under close control to avoid disturbing livestock. Sheep will move away, but cows with calves - at foot - can be suspicious of dogs. They may react. Let your dog go free and move to safety.

Personal Safety On the North Yorkshire Moors

On a fine day the countryside is bliss. Be aware though that Yorkshire weather is unpredictable. Hill fogs and sea frets can catch you out reducing disability to just a few metres.

Accidents can happen as well, so you need to be aware. To help:-

  • Wear the right footwear that is sturdy and strong
  • Take high energy food with you - chocolate, dried fruit.
  • Take a hot flask
  • Take a map and compass - know how to read them!
  • Take a whistle/torch/ to signal for help If you are cycling - carry a basic repair kit
  • Reception for mobile phones is patchy away from main roads so don-t think having one is reassurance.
  • Take spare clothing

Lyme Disease

This is a bacterial infection transmitted by animals to man by the bite of an adult female tick. Humans are most at risk brushing through tall vegetation, especially bracken. Wear clothing of a closely woven material, with no gap between footwear and trousers. Insect repellant helps. Check clothing and skin carefully afterwards. Remove any attached ticks by grasping the mouthparts where they may enter the skin and tug gently but firmly. Antiseptic, surgical spirit or meths may help to loosen its grip. If a rash or flu-like symptoms arise a few days after the bite, seek medical advice mentioning the tick bite.


Adders have characteristic zig-zag markings. They need the sun's warmth to keep them active. They feed mainly on voles, mice and shrews and do not bite humans or animals except in self defence. All native reptiles are legally protected. It is an offence to kill them.

In the spring they bask in the sunshine on paths and walls. At this time of the year they are sluggish and cannot move out of the way quickly. It is advised to wear stout footwear, long socks or trousers. Keep your dog away from investigating. In the unlikely event you are bitten seek medical advice straight away. Adder bites can be quite serious. If a dog is bitten, pick him up and take him to the vets.

Remember your and your dog's safety is your responsibility.

The North Yorkshire Moors Message

  • Tread Gently, the moors, their plants and animals are Fragile and sensitive
  • Shut any gates you open
  • Dispose of litter - it is dangerous as well as unsightly.
  • Fire - uncontrolled fires can devastate vast areas of moorland that never recover.
  • Don-t start camp fires or drop cigarettes or matches
  • Noise - moorlands are quiet places. Try and keep it that Way.
  • Leave the countryside as you found it for others to enjoy.