Romantic retreat for two, plus one…

 

It can be hard finding the perfect romantic getaway when you have a furry, four-legged third wheel with you, but at Verdant Leisure you don’t have to worry. We know that pets are part of the family, and we want you to be able to enjoy a break without having to compromise on luxury when booking a pet friendly holiday. We’ve got parks and accommodation perfect for couples and your best friends.

 

What could be more romantic than a sunset walk along the beach whilst your dog runs ahead with the wind in its fur? If that sounds like your idea of heaven, then our By The Sea park, Pease Bay Leisure Park is an ideal choice for your next getaway. Treat your loved one and your dog to a stay in one of our homely caravans, or luxury lodges with comfortable furnishings and contemporary interiors. Wake up to the fresh sea air and have a drink in the Smuggler’s beer garden or explore all that the south east coast has to offer. There’s plenty of coastal paths, beaches and nearby towns to explore, with pet friendly pubs and restaurants along the way, like The Castle Hotel in Dunbar, where your pets can dine in with you.

 

Dog on Pease Bay beach

 

Go on an adventure in the heart of Perthshire and take your dog on a luxury break it won’t forget. Not only is Erigmore Leisure Park the picture-perfect couples retreat but it also offers breath-taking walks that you and your pets will love discovering together. Our accommodation on park ranges from modern caravans to spectacular spa lodges with hot tubs! You can enjoy a meal and drinks in the beer garden or head down into local towns such as Dunkeld and Pitlochry. There is plenty for you and your loved one, and your fluffy plus one to explore. At the end of an ideal day, you can sit back and relax in comfort.

 

Dog in countryside

 

We are lucky enough to be able to offer relaxing breaks across Scotland & northern England with our Escape & Unwind collection. These parks are the obvious choice for couples looking to escape the everyday and enjoy a well-deserved break, but most importantly, your pets are welcome too! Enjoy a short break at Heather View in the heart of the Durham Dales alongside the flowing River Wear and take in the fresh countryside air! Or visit west Scotland and stay at Viewfield Manor, making the most of countryside and coast with quaint towns and beaches all nearby! Travel along the Berwickshire coast from beach to beach when you visit Scoutscroft Leisure Park or Coldingham Bay. There’s an abundance of Instagrammable places right on their doorstep, providing the perfect backdrop for your next profile pic! Not to mention some of the best fish and chip shops on the south east coast are all within 20 minutes of the parks. Yum!

 

 

 

Last minute dog friendly holidays in the UK

 

Are you searching for the perfect last minute dog friendly holiday in the UK? Want to enjoy a break with the whole family, including your furry best friends? Then one of our Escape & Unwind, Boutique Retreat or By The Sea parks could be the one for you!

 

Leave no pet behind…

 

At Verdant Leisure, we understand that pets are a big part of the family, and we want you to be able to enjoy a holiday without the worry of leaving your pet behind. All our parks offer superb pet friendly accommodation, from Glamping Pods at Queensberry Bay to Luxury Spa Lodges at Erigmore, you don’t have to settle for less when booking pet friendly accommodation at Verdant Leisure! A UK staycation also means that there is no long-haul flight or the need for pet passports! Fancy a last-minute break? You’ve got it!

 

Enjoy a perfect holiday with the whole family

 

Families, couples and of course, your pets, will love the award-winning beach at our By The Sea park, Pease Bay Leisure Park. Its breath-taking location with direct beach access makes it the perfect pet friendly coastal destination. Relax to the sound of waves, enjoy sunset walks across the golden sand or enjoy a drink outside Smugglers bar. The local area also boasts a number of pet friendly places for you to explore too!

 

 

 

Our Escape & Unwind parks are ideally located across Scotland and northern England, giving you the freedom to choose the perfect location for you and your loved ones. Choose from Viewfield Manor in the stunning Ayrshire countryside just 20 minutes from Robert Burns Country in Ayr and only a short drive from beaches such as Irvine & Troon beach. Or if you are looking to holiday on the south east coast of Scotland, then Coldingham Bay & Scoutscroft Leisure Park are both a must visit! With woodland walks and nearby Coldingham Bay beach, you’ve plenty of places to explore with your dog! If you’d prefer a holiday in the heart of the Durham Dales, then check out Heather View! With an abundance of countryside walks you can marvel at waterfalls, rivers and stunning views with the whole family.

 

 

Searching for a luxury retreat? Then look no further than our Boutique Retreat parks, Queensberry Bay & Erigmore Leisure Park. Located overlooking the Solway Firth, Queensberry offers a unique holiday experience. You can relax at The Sandpiper Café Bar and take in the views from the sun terrace with your pets! For those looking for active days out, there are fantastic walking routes, coastal paths and even golf courses, right on its doorstep. Erigmore in the heart of Perthshire, boasts a dreamy woodland setting, surrounded by flowing rivers and tranquil lochs, with plenty of pet friendly walking trails nearby. After a day of exploring nearby towns such as Pitlochry and Dunkeld, nothing beats relaxing in your own private hot tub whilst your pooch chills out in front of the electric fire!

 

 

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Make the most of your visit to Woolacombe!

 

The best things to do in Woolacombe will never leave you short of activities when you visit North Devon. Its picturesque landscapes, coastal towns, and array of local attractions make it an extremely popular location for holidaymakers.

 

Explore Golden Coast Leisure Park

 

The newest addition to the Verdant Leisure family, Golden Coast Leisure Park offers an array of activities and facilities for you to take advantage of during your holiday. You can plan action packed days filled with swimming, climbing, bowling, body boarding on our wave simulator and much more! Once you’ve tired yourself out, why not go for a bite to eat and drink in one of our numerous bars and restaurants, the options are endless.

 

Golden Coast Leisure Park

 

We have a range of accommodation to suit everyone’s taste and budget, from stylish caravans to 3-bedroom holiday villas. All of our accommodation are filled with everything you need to enjoy the perfect holiday with us. We also have excellent pitches available for you to book if you’ve got a touring caravan or motorhome!

 

 

Best things to do in Woolacombe

 

When you’re not busy making use of the extensive facilities on park, why not check out the local area? North Devon is home to some of the UK’s most stunning beaches, including the award-winning Woolacombe Beach. With miles of golden sand, vibrant blue water and waves perfect for surfing, it’s a breathtaking day out to add to your holiday itinerary when you visit us.

 

Woolacombe Beach

 

Take in the spectacular views while on the back of a horse with Woolacombe Riding Stables, a British Horse Society and Pony Club approved equestrian centre. Ride across a variety of fields, hills and coastal paths. There are horses and ponies for all riding abilities so it’s a magical day for the whole family to enjoy.

 

If you’re searching for a superb family day out during your visit, we recommend The Big Sheep Farm and Theme Park. There is plenty to enjoy, from family rides and live shows to meeting the animals, you’re sure to have a fun filled day!

 

Did you know that there is only one black leopard exhibit in the whole of the UK? You’ll find this stunning wildcat in the Exmoor Zoo, along with many other fantastic mammals, reptiles and more! If you’re a fan of the zoo then be sure to add this one to your holiday itinerary.

 

Exmoor Zoo

 

As well as our long list of dining options, there are several local restaurants that are definitely worth trying. Head down to Barnstaple, a nearby market town where all the shopping happens and you can even try a Devon cream tea! Another favourite is The Red Barn! Serving up tasty meals and with live music on Friday’s, it’s the ideal place to enjoy an evening meal with your loved ones.

If you’re looking for a bite to eat during the day, why not head over to ‘The Captains Table’. Open for breakfast, dinner and tea during its season, the highly recommended café serves everything from crab baguettes to surf & turf. There’s also tasty vegetarian and vegan options available, so everyone can enjoy dining there!

 

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Top 10 walks in central Scotland

 

Whether you are a keen explorer or looking for a short walk with stunning views, central Scotland has it all, offering some of the best walking routes in the country. We have put together a list of the top 10 walks in Central Scotland we recommend you try when you visit the area!

 

  1. Loch Tay from Killin

If you are looking for one of central Scotland’s hidden gems, look no further! If you follow the short Loch Tay from Killin trail, you will end up overlooking the stunning 15-mile stretch of water that is Loch Tay. On a sunny day, the water is as blue as the sky and is undeniably insta-worthy. You can find details of the full walking route here

  

  1. Isle of May

The tranquil paths of the Isle of May are filled with wildlife, including one of Scotland’s most loved birds, the puffin! You may even catch a glimpse of some seals. This fantastic walk is perfect for the whole family to enjoy a day out in the fresh air! Visit https://www.nature.scot/enjoying-outdoors/scotlands-national-nature-reserves/isle-may-national-nature-reserve for more information.

Isle of May

 

  1. The Cateran Trail

This trail in the heart of Scotland runs through Perthshire and Angus Glens. On the path you will come across castles such as Blackcraig, Dalnagler, and other prehistoric buildings, it is the perfect walk for the history buffs among you. If you are a keen explorer and are looking for more of a challenge, you can choose the optional detour to Mount Blair!

  1. The Birnam Path

Explore the banks of the River Tay and the village of Birnam. This path is perfect if you are looking for a leisurely stroll. You will also come across the iconic tree, The Birnam Oak! Along with the Birnam Sycamore, it is thought to be the last surviving tree of the forest celebrated in Shakespeare’s Macbeth, as the famous Birnam Wood.

 

The Birnam Path

  1. The Atholl Trails

       There are several trails in and around the quaint town, Blair Atholl. There are stunning gardens to explore around the Blair Castle estate, and a 9-acre walled garden with an orchard and over 100 fruit trees. The Atholl Trails include a selection of walks ranging in lengths and difficulties. One of which takes you to the Tulach Viewpoint, overlooking the Atholl Hills.

  1. The Hermitage

Whilst this walk is ideal all year round, it really springs to life in autumn. The River Braan is surrounded by all the stunning autumnal colours, making it feel as though you are in a land out of a fairy tale. You may also catch a glimpse of the salmon leaping up the river this time of year which is a remarkable sight in itself!

 

The Hermitage

  1. Birnam Hill Path

In the heart of ‘Big Tree Country’, you can climb Birnam Hill to reach King’s Seat. Take in the breathtaking views across Dunkeld and Birnam after an estimated two and a half hour walk.

 

  1. The Queen’s View

Offering spectacular views across Loch Tummel to Schiehallion, The Queen’s View is one of the most visited viewpoints in Scotland. There is also a café and other woodland walks branching off from the main visitors’ centre! Find out more via https://www.visitscotland.com/info/towns-villages/queens-view-visitor-centre-p402191.

  1. Killiecrankie Path

Bordering the River Garry, The Pass of Killiecrankie is best known for Soldier’s Leap where it is said that Donald MacBean escaped Highlanders following the battle of Killiecrankie. The stunning woodland and views make it a must see!

 

  1. Faskally Woods

The Faskally Woods is home to Scotland’s sound and light experience, The Enchanted Forest. Every year the entire woodland comes to life with light and sound displays that will blow your mind. It is a must see if you visit us whilst it’s on. You can find out more via https://www.enchantedforest.org.uk/.

 

 

Faskally Woods

 

Top 10 scenic walks in Northern England

 

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County Durham

Our Heather View and Kingfisher parks are situated in beautiful County Durham. You’ll find some of the best walking routes in the UK here, taking in the stunning countryside and coastline. Be prepared to wrap up warm and wear a sturdy pair of walking boots because the terrain can be rugged and exposed to the northeasterly elements.

 

  1. Durham Heritage Coast Walk

If you are looking for breath-taking clifftop views, this is the walk for you. The walk starts in Seaham’s North Dock and follows a southbound route for 11-miles to Crimdon. Superb grassland is supported by Magnesian Limestone topped by boulder clay forming the perfect habitat for flora and fauna including the very special Durham Argus butterfly.

  1. Low and High Force

You can’t beat a stunning waterfall and this walk will take you to England’s biggest. This gorgeous five-mile circular walk in Upper Teasdale, in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, will leave you awe-inspired when the waterfall comes into view and is guaranteed to lift the spirits.

  1. Pennine Way – Baldersdale to Langdon Beck

The Durham stretch of the Pennine Way covers approximately 15 miles and encompasses some of the natural wonders of the UK. As well as the waterfalls High Force and Low Force, the highlights include Cow Green Reservoir, the cascading Cauldron Snout, reckoned to be the longest waterfall in England, and High Cup Nick, a superb u-shaped glaciated valley.

  1. Cow Green Geological Trail

If you are interested in geology this trail will introduce you to many of the rocks which make the Teesdale landscape so special and a haven for rare and interesting plants. Approximately four kilometers each way from Harwood, Barnard Castle, allow a full day for the complete walk, and be prepared with your waterproofs even in summer! In places, the route passes old mine workings so keep to the footpaths.

Taking a break from nature here are two trails with a difference, perfect for experiencing the cultural and historical scenery of the county.
  1. Durham Camra Beer Trail

A pub crawl with a difference, taking in the picturesque city of Durham once described as “a perfect little city” by best-selling author Bill Bryson. The trail starts at the Bridge Hotel in North Road and takes in ten of the best real ale pubs in Durham City.

  1. Blue Plaque Trail – Barnard Castle

An easy family-friendly walk around the traditional market town, known as the gateway to Teesdale. Follow the blue plaques for 1.5 miles as the trail ambles around places where Dickens stayed and Wesley preached as well as finding out more about the people and places that made an impact on what’s known locally as “Barney”.

 

Northumberland

 

Our Riverside park is in the stunning county of Northumberland. The county has miles of stunning coastline,  an awe-inspiring National Park, and a wealth of fascinating history to discover, well worth a spot on the top 10 walks in Northern England.

 

  1. Craster to Dunstanburgh Castle

 

This easy walk along the coast offers fantastic sea views and an incredible view of Dunstanburgh Castle for the whole of the route. The castle can only be reached on foot and is just a flat, 1.3-mile walk from the village of Craster, making it a great choice for families or if you just fancy a gentle stroll. For those wanting to extend their walk, you can continue past the castle, where you’ll discover Embleton Bay, a quiet, pristine beach that is largely unknown by tourists.

 

  1. Seahouses To Bamburgh Castle

 

This beach walk is roughly 3 miles long and begins at Seahouses. Take in the beautiful coastline and the iconic Bamburgh Castle that perches on a rocky plateau. The approach to the castle is breathtaking with its dramatic presence and sweeping beach. When you arrive at the castle, dogs are welcome on the grounds, and from here you can admire the fortresses and some impressive views of the surrounding coastline.

  1. Walltown Crags Walk

 

Pick your route once you arrive at Walltown as there are a number of picturesque, circular routes in the area. Walk along Hadrian’s Wall (spectacularly preserved at this site) to see one of its most dramatic viewpoints. Walltown Crags is best known for its dramatic views and is one of the most stunning places to see Hadrian’s Wall, as it dives through the sweeping, volcanic rock edge landscape. The site sits between Birdoswald Fort and Housesteads Roman Fort, making it perfect for extending into a day out.

 

 

  1. Kielder Lakeside Way

 

Head to Kielder Water & Forest Park to explore this stunning, waterside route that fuses art and nature. The total walk is 26 miles, but you can pick a smaller section to explore that suits you best. The walk along the shoreline around Kielder reservoir takes you past open-air art pieces and nature hides where ospreys, red squirrels, and other wildlife are spotted regularly. Kielder Dam and Kielder Castle are also en route.­­­

 

Verdant Leisure hope this guide of the top 10 walks in Northern England was helpful!

Dog friendly days out in Scotland

 

Our parks offer pets welcome accommodation with lots of dog friendly days out nearby.

A great place to start is the beach, where your four-legged friend can chase balls, have a dip in the sea or enjoy a long sandy walk. Choose from these stunning beaches near our parks:

  • St Abbs beach, Berwickshire
  • Eyemouth beach, Berwickshire
  • Pease Bay beach, Berwickshire
  • Coldingham Bay beach, Berwickshire
  • Belhaven Bay, East Lothian
  • Yellowcraig beach, East Lothian
  • Whitesands and Barns Ness beaches, East Lothian
  • Tyninghame beach, East Lothian
  • Queensberry Bay, Dumfriesshire
  • Irvine beach, Ayrshire
  • Saltcoats beach, Ayrshire
  • Troon beach, Ayrshire

 

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If you and your pooch prefer the countryside, you’ll be spoilt for choice in the areas surrounding our parks. Visit Kelburn Castle and Estate near Viewfield Manor. It offers dramatic walks through the estate covering over 3,500 acres. There are waterfalls, deep gorges, wild flowers and ferns, shrubs and trees offering a beautiful wild landscape with views over the islands of the Firth of Clyde.

Close to our south east Scotland parks is Pease Dean Nature Reserve. This 3 mile walk usually takes around 2 hours and follows the Southern Upland Way. There’s fantastic views of the coastline and it’s managed by the Scottish Wildlife Trust. Alternatively, visit John Muir Country Park, which offers relaxing walks with stunning views across to Bass Rock and the Forth Estuary.

There’s a number of brilliant walking routes for you to enjoy in Mabie Forest, situated around 20 miles from Queensberry Bay. This beautiful woodland sits between Dumfries and New Abbey and is a must if you’re staying on park.

You’ll find plenty of castles, ancient fortresses, and ruins across Scotland. Why not take your dog exploring the grounds? Here’s some near our parks:

 

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Cottage holidays in Scotland

 

Staycations in the UK are a popular choice, with endless benefits like less travel time, unlimited luggage allowance and plenty of location options from coastal to countryside. Cottage holidays are the perfect holiday home away from home, with all the home comforts you would expect, plus some added luxury!

 

Erigmore Cottage

 

Erigmore Leisure Park, located in the stunning Perthshire countryside, offers two cosy cottages to choose from. Erigmore Cottage sleeps four people, with one double room and one twin room, that can easily be linked to make a second double bed. Meaning whether you fancy a getaway with your family or friends, we’ve got you covered.

 

erigmore cottage

 

There’s a spacious family shower room, as well as a modern, open plan living area for a relaxed night in. Fancy cooking? The fully equipped kitchen with microwave and dishwasher means you’ve got the choice.

 

We know that your pet is part of the family, and that’s why Erigmore Cottage is pet friendly. The outdoor decking is enclosed, and there’s even a gated bespoke dog kennel for your four-legged friend.

 

You’ll also find a private hot tub on the decking, for the ultimate luxury break. After a day exploring the local area, you can end the day relaxing in the comfort of your own hot tub. Erigmore Cottage is the perfect location for your hot tub getaway.

 

Enjoy the separate summer house/games room, as well as a gun safe if your visit will include some country pursuits in the breathtaking surrounding countryside.

 

Factors House

Factors House is a three-bedroom cottage, set over two floors. It’s not far from Erigmore House where you can take advantage of the swimming pool and bar.

 

Sleeping up to six people, there’s a downstairs double bedroom, as well as a master double bedroom and twin room upstairs. For your convenience, there’s a separate toilet in addition to the main bathroom.

 

Relax in the evenings in the comfort of the modern living room, offering an electric fire and 43” flatscreen TV. If you don’t fancy taking advantage of our bar or takeaway service, cook up a storm in the fully equipped kitchen and enjoy your meal at the large dining table, which seats up to six guests.

 

Factors house living room

 

When the sun’s shining, bask in the Victorian designed garden to the front of the cottage, or enjoy the enclosed seating area to the rear, whichever you choose, there’s lots of space for the whole family to enjoy.

 

Whichever holiday cottage you choose, you’re sure of a fantastic stay at Erigmore Leisure Park.

East Lothian has a number of great places to get out and explore with your four-legged companion. We’ve put a collection of our favourite dog walks to explore in East Lothian.

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Lammermuir Hills

A walk to the Lammermuir hills is a must when visiting with your dog. Thurston Manor is nestled at the foot, meaning you can access the walk easily. There’s a range of fantastic routes to follow, ranging from easy and moderate, to walks that are a little more challenging for those who are more experienced. Our favourite route out of the many you can take begins at the Whiteadder Reservoir and ends at the Priestlaw Hill, allowing you to take in the breathtaking area in all of its glory when you reach the summit. This 7 mile walk includes the route taken down the Herring Road by the fishwives of Dunbar to carry herring over the hills to the nearby town of Lauder.

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John Muir Country Park

If you’re looking for a relaxing stroll, a walk through John Muir Country Park is the perfect solution for you and your travelling companion. Visit the beautiful, Belhaven Bay, where you can take in the panoramic views of Bass Rock and the Forth Estuary. During your visit to Belhaven Bay, you might even be lucky to sight some birds nesting or simply take in the sea breeze and relax on the sandy dunes. From here, you can then take the trail up to the Dunbar Clifftop walk.

The Dunbar Clifftop

The Dunbar Clifftop Walk is a two part circuit, and can be easily accessed during a visit to the John Muir Country Park. This is one of the more gentle dog walks in East Lothian. Whilst strolling through the historic route, you will be able to take in the sights of the iconic red sandstone cliffs and travel on through to the historic Dunbar high street and harbour. The sea views you’ll come to witness are fantastic, and the fascinating volcanic rock formations such as the Doo Rock are not to be missed.

Views fo Bass Rock from the East Lothian Coast at John Muir Way

John Muir Way

Another walk that is easily accessed is The John Muir Way. This takes you from west to east Scotland, allowing you to take in the wonderful sights between North Berwick and Dunbar. The diverse range of sights to witness during this walk makes it a truly amazing experience, from farmland to saltmarshes and dramatic clifftop paths, this walk has everything including the unforgettable sea views.

If you are looking to stay in this beautiful area, look no further than breaks at Thurston Manor. We have fantastic facilities and great value accommodation. Keep up to date with the latest holiday offer offers by signing up to our mailing list below.

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Set on the edge of the Northumberland National Park, Riverside Leisure Park is the ideal base for dog walking adventures. Whether you fancy a hike in the hills or a stroll along the coast, Riverside offers it all. Once you’ve enjoyed a day out exploring, relax in a cosy caravan or luxurious lodge and unwind, ready for another day of fun!

Northumberland Coastal Path

A 60-mile route split into 6 sections, the Northumberland Coastal Path is easily accessible from the park. The Seahouses to Belford route is the nearest to Wooler and takes you and your pooch up the coast and past the iconic Bamburgh Castle.

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Cheviot Hills

The scenic Cheviot Hills in the heart of the Northumberland National Park are great for all levels of walkers and their four-legged friends. Whether you fancy a 5-mile route or The Big One at 23 miles, the Cheviot Hills walks offer it all.

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Holy Island

A major attraction for visitors to the area, Holy Island offers a 4.3-mile circular footpath for you and your pet to best explore the island on foot. Accessed from the main car park, the anticlockwise path takes you along the coast, past Lindisfarne Castle, before heading back to Holy Island village. Don’t forget that the island can only be accessed when the tide is low, so make sure to plan ahead! You can check crossing times here.

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Etal Riverside Walk

Follow this path through the forest and along the River Till. Full of wildlife, this walk can lead on to others, and you may spot deer, otters, heron and more!

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Duddo Stone Circle

Just a short drive from the park, you can find Duddo Stone Circle, perfect for any history enthusiasts. The fairly short walk is clearly pathed and has an information sign for the stone circle.
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If you’re looking to get outdoors this summer with your doggy travelling companion, we have compiled the perfect list of adventurous walking routes, trails and rest stops for you and your four-legged friend to explore.

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Teesdale Way

A visit to Heather View or Kingfisher would not be complete without a walk to the Teesdale Way. At an impressive 92 miles long, The Teesdale way can be a challenging trail or a less strenuous stroll, depending on how adventurous you’re feeling. Following the banks of the River Tees, the route is perfect for those wanting to get in touch with nature and discover awe-inspiring views that can only be appreciated fully in person, it can be split into various sections to offer a selection of routes with various sights to marvel. The route starts at Dufton in Cumbria, passes through County Durham at Cauldron Snout (Where you may wish to begin your journey, ideally located close to the parks) and Teesside, to then end by the North Sea coast. We recommend the section of the trail that begins at Cauldron Snout as it’s easier to access from the parks and can be followed down to High Force where you can experience the beauty of the 21-metre waterfall.

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Hamsterley Forest

Just under an hour’s drive from Heather View, Hamsterley Forest offers a selection of fascinating forest trails that are great for exploring the woodland. The forest is great for families and couples alike with plenty to do for everyone to enjoy, from ‘Gruffalo’ sculptures and family activity trails to more peaceful routes perfect for dog walkers, you’ll find something at Hamsterley Forest that will make your stay truly memorable. For those travelling with a furry friend, we recommend the Spurlswood Valley walk which is away from the crowds and offers spectacular views of waterfalls! The walk is also fantastic for watching wildlife, where you may spot roe deer, a range of colourful English birds and salmon leaping upstream.

The River Wear taken from a walk on the Weardale Way

Weardale Way

The Weardale Way winds and turns for around 74 miles and is perfect for those wishing to take in the sights of the beautiful rural landscapes and quaint villages, brimming with history. The route is split into various walks, some of which are located conveniently close to the park for easier access, meaning you can make the most of your day by cutting down travel. The closest walk to the park begins at Stanhope and ends at White Kirkley (unless you want to explore even farther!) which your pooch will love, with varying woodland and beautiful greenery. The walks can be hilly, so your best walking boots are recommended!

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Cow Green Reservoir

Around just 30 minute’s drive from Heather View, Cow Green reservoir makes another interesting and easy to access walk. The reservoir reaches for around 2 miles and was built between 1967 and 1971 to supply the industries of Teesside. The area also lies at the centre of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, where you can explore Mother Nature’s stunning scenery and talents. The trail starts at Wheelhead Sike car park which then leads you onto to either a short 3-mile stroll or a more active 7.5-mile looping walk. If you want to combine walks, the Cow Green Reservoir can be reached from a selection of the Teesdale Way routes.

If you are looking to stay in this beautiful area, look no further than breaks at Heather View. We have fantastic facilities and great value accommodation. Keep up to date with the latest holiday offer offers by signing up to our mailing list below.

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