Autumn Guide

The best dens welcome dogs

YHA Brecon Beacons

Think of autumn and your first thought won’t involve camping. But before you think we’re barking up the wrong tree, just bear with us a minute. Why? Because, if you opt for one of our heated wooden structures, the tail end of sleeping-under-the-stars season can be sublime. Think woodland cabin break without all the other people ruining your restful vibe. And it gets better still – dogs are allowed to stay in our cabins too (just in case it escaped your notice). All it’ll cost you is £5 extra per night – payable at the hostel.

YHA Brecon Beacons

Nestled in the centre of the National Park and enjoying 14 acres of ancient woodland, these wooden Welsh wonders offer the perfect base from which to rediscover the sheer beauty of nature, pure and simple. There’s a real range of walking routes in the vicinity, from low level short walks to full day hikes up Pen y Fan or along the Brecon Beacons Way. Wherever you roam, just be sure to keep your canine companion under close control and you’ll have an amazing autumnal break in this exhilarating landscape.

YHA Borrowdale

YHA Borrowdale

What can we say about Borrowdale, other than the painfully obvious: it’s a paradise for walkies! Quiet, secluded and surrounded by absolutely stunning mountain scenery, the pods at YHA Borrowdale lie in the shadow of England’s highest mountain. The big one might be a bit much for little legs so consider a walk up Castle Crag instead. You can be up and down within two hours and the walk to the summit is less demanding than it looks. Once at the top you’ll enjoy views over Derwent Water and Skiddaw to the north and to Upper Borrowdale and Great End to the south.

manorbier-beach

YHA Manorbier

Ah, the Pembrokeshire Coast! Such beaches! Unfortunately the high season dog restriction puts some of the best beaches like Tenby out of bounds until the end of September. BUT, come autumn, they’re all yours, four paws! Plus there are fewer tourists too. Admittedly, the closest beaches to the Manorbier pods (Skrinkle Haven and Church Doors Cove) are dog-friendly all year, but little dogs will need to be carried down to the beach on account of the metal stairway that leads down to the shore.

YHA Stratford-upon-Avon

YHA Stratford-upon-Avon

Let slip the dogs of war! Not really, keep Fido on a lead though and you’re welcome to explore all of the outdoor spaces at Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, Hall’s Croft, Shakespeare’s Birthplace and New Place. And, if your dog is anything like my dog, those Tudor herb gardens are bound to result in some serious olfactory interest. After that, take a walk along the Avon and follow up with a well-earned rest at one of the many dog-friendly hostelries in town. Your palatial pad for the night will be a large four-berth Camping Pod Deluxe; with double bed, seating area, shower, kitchenette and decking to yourself, you’re all set.

YHA Canterbury

YHA Canterbury

Welcome to Hobbiton! Our three large cabins offer top-end luxury plus a look that’s straight out of Tolkien. If you fancy exploring the heritage of this historic city, download an audio tour before you go and discover the city’s best attractions with your furry best friend in tow; the whole tour stays outdoors. On day two, when you’re ready to blow away the cobwebs, jump on the bus or in the car to Herne Bay and tramp up Beacon Hill for a bracing coastal walk and one heck of a view.

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