In this blog I’m going to be talking about some of our dog friendly trips in Anglesey and Forest of Dean.
This was my first visit to Anglesey (September 2015) and I have to say I fell in love with the place. There is so much LIGHT! The beaches are amazing and stretch for miles and you can see Snowdonia in the distance from most of the island. All the beaches we went to were dog friendly, although some had restrictions on part of the beach. We particularly liked walking from Red Wharf Bay to Benllech and back, with a visit to the dog friendly Ship Inn for lunch and also Newborough beach. You have to pay an entry fee to Newborough Forest but it is well worth it. As well as the amazing beach there is also a vast forest to explore. There are toilets and food vans in the car park too. We mainly self-catered but one evening we went to the lovely little pebble beach at Church Bay and then to the Black Lion near Llanfaethlu for dinner. This place was lovely and they were so welcoming of dogs which is always lovely.
Forest of Dean
Our main walks were in the forest itself which is lovely, but you do need to be aware that there are wild boar and deer. We didn’t come across any boar but I know they can be very aggressive with dogs – particularly if they have young. Our cottage in September 2016 backed onto part of the forest near Symonds Yat. There are lots of walks here and beautiful views over the gorge and the River Wye.
We had a long and mainly lovely (i.e. we got a bit lost!) walk at the Beechenhurst Forestry Commission site. There are a number of trails to follow, including a sculpture trail, and you can walk for miles. Millie loves walking in forests – there are so many different scents for her to follow. We had a lovely lunch at the cafe and it was a beautiful day so we sat outside.
Another lovely trip was to Tinturn Abbey. We didn’t go in as we have seen a lot of Abbeys and they all seem to look pretty much the same but it looks beautiful sitting alongside the River
Wye. If you cross the nearby wooden bridge there are various walks on the other side of the river. You can walk on level ground or go upwards to Offa’s Dyke. We did go up but it became very steep and slippery so I’m sad to say we turned back – the views from the top I’m sure would have been spectacular. From that side of the river there are some lovely views through the trees to Tinturn Abbey. We had a lovely lunch outside in the sun at the hotel next to the Abbey. There is a charge for the car park but it is redeemable against purchases in the hotel or the Abbey entry fee.
Have you read my recent blog ‘A guide to dog-friendly trips: Kintyre and Northumbria‘? Why not check it out now?
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