Looking for a dog friendly break in Yorkshire?

POSTED ON: Thursday 12th May 2016
AUTHOR: Caroline Clark
Dog walking in the woods
Robbie enjoying a walk through Raincliffe Woods in Scarborough

As a dog lover and pet professional, I often look out for a hotel to stay where I can take Robbie, my beautiful 7 year old rescue Labrador yet still enjoy some luxury accommodation. Choosing to stay at Ox Pasture Hall with my husband provided us with just that – a dog friendly environment without having to compromise on the quality of the room.  It was important for us to feel relaxed too and other than the main dining room, Robbie was free to go into all the public areas. However a full menu is also available in the Bistro where dogs are welcome.

Ox Pasture Hall is one of the few luxury, pet friendly hotels located in the North Yorkshire Moors and we were positively spoilt for choice when planning our doggy days out. Long walks, lots of fresh air, and a comfortable, spacious room to enjoy at night were just what was needed.

The driveway down to the hotel was impressive and check in was extremely friendly. Robbie was greeted as if he were part of our family (another plus point) and when we were shown to our room we couldn’t have been more pleased. Robbie soon made himself at home whilst we quickly unpacked before heading outdoors.

With the National Park on the doorstep and more woodland than the National Forest it was difficult to decide where to go first. Armed with our OS Explorer map (OL27) we began to look for nearby walks. However because this was only a short break, we focused our attention around the Forge Valley Woods, only a stone’s throw from the hotel.  In fact, if walking is your thing, you don’t have to venture far from the Hotel as the choice of footpaths on the doorstep is extensive.

Dog by Throxenby Mere
Throxenby Mere with Robbie

We accessed the Forge Valley National Nature Reserve from the Old Man’s Mouth picnic site where there is an easy dog friendly 2 mile wooden board walk.  It follows the River Derwent through beautiful ancient woodland providing lots of opportunity to see an abundance of birds. Treecreepers, Blackcaps and Nuthatch are a common sight and, apparently, if you are lucky you might catch sight of an Otter. As our break was in late April, we were overwhelmed with the smell of wild garlic and delightful wood anemone covered the floor of the woods. Robbie loved it too and there were plenty of places for him to explore with his nose and for us to sit and stop to enjoy the sights and sounds.

Another moderate 5 mile walk from Hazelhead picnic site took us through Raincliffe Woods, an opportunity for Robbie to have some off-lead walks through the woodland. We bumped into some volunteers from the Raincliffe Wood Community Enterprise (RWCE) http://www.communitywood.co.uk who were busy helping to develop the area and restore the broadleaved woodland. We sat and ate our picnic in a pretty clearing that they had created before moving on to Throxenby Mere and complete our walk.

We all returned to our room ready for some R&R. Robbie was absolutely exhausted and was soon flat out, snoozing happily at our feet. We snuggled up on the comfortable sofa and listened to music on the stereo system, thoughtfully provided in the room. We decided that because he was so settled that we would leave him sleeping whilst we ate in the spacious and comfortable surroundings of the dining room. Following a splendid meal we went back to collect him and sat in the cosy bar area with a drink. He soon found a comfy spot in front of the log burner whilst we planned what we would do on our next visit to Ox Pasture Hall Hotel.

The next morning we enjoyed a hearty breakfast and before checking-out we walked Robbie around the hotel’s extensive grounds and took in the stunning scenery. The garden boasts water features and tastefully placed sculptures and we imagined ourselves sipping on a drink or two from under one of the many sheltered areas provided once the warmer summer months arrive.

Dog in the hotel grounds
Robbie taking a walk around the grounds

I would highly recommend a dog friendly stay at Ox Pasture Hall Hotel and we are already planning our next break. With Broxa, Dalby and Harwood Dale Forest to explore, not to mention the stunning coastline with dog friendly beaches and coastal footpaths, we certainly won’t be stuck for places to go!

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Dog Friendly Hotel in Yorkshire – Website