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Dog friendly things to do in the Peak District

April 11, 2024
April 11, 2024 - Dog friendly things to do in the Peak District
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Our top 10 dog friendly adventures in the Peak District

Planning a getaway to the Peak District with your dog? There's no need to leave your canine companion behind when exploring the area - there are plenty of dog friendly things to do in the Peak District!

At Hoe Grange Holidays, we believe that every member of the family should join in the adventure, including your dog.

Step into the great outdoors and discover endless trails and paths waiting to be explored by you and your four-legged friend, with plenty of routes right from your door! From gentle strolls along the High Peak Trail to challenging hikes through ancient woodlands, the Peak District National Park offers adventure for everyone.

A couple walking hand in hand through green rolling fields with their dog, between Hoe Grange Holidays and the pub in Brassington village

But while you could fill your whole holiday with walks, there are some great dog friendly activities in the area too - perfect for adding a little variety to your stay. We've put together a list of the top ten dog-friendly attractions in the Derbyshire Peak District so you and your pup can create unforgettable memories together.

Pack some treats, and let's dive into the dog friendly wonders of the Peak District!

Canine capers: the best dog friendly attractions in the Peak District

1. Discover the magic of Chatsworth

You might have heard of the magnificent Chatsworth House – but did you know that dogs are welcome in the stunning gardens? Pop your pooch on a lead and admire the incredible landscape architecture of Capability Brown. Afterwards, explore the historic parkland, where your dog can romp and play to their heart’s content. Be sure to stop by the dog-friendly café for a well-deserved treat – both for you and your canine companion!

2. Explore the Heights of Abraham

Famous for the white cable cars soaring across the valley, the Heights of Abraham in Matlock is another dog-friendly day out. This hilltop park offers breathtaking views of the Derwent Valley and beyond. Dogs are welcome on the cable car ride, providing a thrilling journey to the summit where you can explore woodland walks and enjoy a picnic with panoramic views. While dogs aren't allowed in the caverns, there is a special Waggy Tails Trail to ensure no-one misses out. With so much to see and do, it’s a day out that will leave tails wagging. IF you're visiting in April or May, check out their anniversary celebrations, with live music, guided tours and new displays.  

3. Step back in time at Crich Tramway Village

Crich Tramway Village offers a unique opportunity to step back in time and experience the charm of vintage transportation while enjoying quality time with your four-legged friend. The museum welcomes well-behaved dogs on leads, so you can explore the village, ride on vintage trams, and learn about the development of public transportation with your furry companion by your side. Enjoy amazing panoramic views from the woodland walk.

Crich Tramway Museum - a dog friendly day out in the Peak District

4. Discover 500 years of stories at Bakewell Old House Museum

Perhaps a surprising dog-friendly addition to this list is Bakewell Old House Museum! Dogs on leads are welcome to accompany you as you explore the fascinating exhibits - perfect for a rainy day. Learn about the history of Bakewell and discover how people lived in centuries past before popping in to town for a Bakewell pudding.

5. Potter round historic Tissington Village

Explore the charming village of Tissington with your dog. Admire the beautiful stone cottages, visit the various craft and gift shops, pick up some plants at the local nursery, and polish off a delicious scone at the dog-friendly Herbert's Tea Rooms.

Two dogs sat on a picnic table in the historic village of Tissington - one of many dog friendly activities in the Peak District

6. Challenge and play at Ashbourne Dog Activity Field

Have fun on holiday and book a slot at Ashbourne Dog Field. Explore the carefully curated activities together - from discovering the textures in the sandpit, designed for digging and rolling, to developing core and hind limb strength with the ladders and full height A frame! All items have varying difficulty levels and encourage your dog to learn and develop as they play.

Ashbourne Dog Field

7. Take a stroll through Buxton Pavilion Gardens

With 23 acres of calming lakes, shaded walks and glorious flower beds, and an adventure playground for the children, the Pavilion Gardens are a delightful way to spend a morning or afternoon in Buxton. While dogs are not allowed in the promenade building, there is a kiosk, coffee van and pop up outlets so you can grab a coffee, an ice cream, or a light lunch too.

8. Go underground at Poole's Cavern & Country Park

Well-behaved dogs on leads are welcome to join their owners on guided tours of the Poole's Cavern as well as explore the surrounding country park. This means you can enjoy the captivating underground wonders of the caverns while your furry friend accompanies you every step of the way. Get some fresh air after your underground adventure by exploring the surrounding country park - we suggest a walk up to Soloman's Temple for some wonderful views! 

9. Show off your dog's skills at a local dog show

Enter your delightful dog into one of the many local dog shows, or just pop along to enjoy some canine-themed fun and games.

Join the team at Cromford Mills on 28th April to celebrate canine companions with an event for all ages. Enter your pooch into one of the 12 categories for your chance to take home a rosette, or pop along to just enjoy the sight of so many cute dogs in one place. I think our dog Fudge has a good shot at bringing home the waggiest tail trophy!

Bring your furry friends to the Pride in Belper Dog Show on 6th August. This pet-friendly extension of the pride celebrations includes canine competitions, entertainment, and a chance for the whole family to join in the festivities.

Pride in Belper Dog Show - rosettes

On 13th & 14th August, The Dovedale Sheep Dog Trials will showcase the impressive skills of sheepdogs and their handlers in herding and controlling sheep. This rural spectacle is not just a competition but a celebration of the strong bond between shepherd and dog set against stunning views of Blore pastures.

10. Cosy up in a charming village pub

So many of our favourite country pubs in the area are dog-friendly! Close by, our favourites are The Old Gate Inn in Brassington, The Sycamore Inn at Parwich, and The Miner’s Arms at Carsington. Even better, there are some nice walks over the rolling hills from the farm that end up by these pubs, so you can stretch your dog’s legs before settling in for a delicious meal.

A labrador cosied up in a dog friendly pub in the Peak District

More dog friendly places in the Peak District to explore

While we’ve shared some of our favourites, there are so many more dog-friendly things to do in the Peak District – so we’ve put together a map for you to explore and plan your visit.

Dog friendly accommodation in the Peak District

A holiday at Hoe Grange is doggy heaven, with wonderful walks from your door and plenty of room to chase and play.

We’re not just dog-friendly – we actively welcome dogs in all our log cabins and glamping pods! We also provide a doggy welcome pack to help your canine companion feel right at home.

A dog enjoying the log cabin decking in glorious sunshine at Hoe Grange Holidays

There’s no additional cost to bring your dog on holiday – we just ask for a small dog deposit of £100 that’s returned to you after your stay provided there is no significant additional cleaning or damage.

Top tips for a dog friendly holiday in the Peak District

Want to know more? Check out our previous blog post on Top tips for a dog-friendly holiday in the Peak District for a handy checklist to help you prepare for your holiday.

So what are you waiting for? Book your dog-friendly Peak District holiday today and embark on an adventure-filled getaway with your beloved pet!

A dog sat on top of a dry stone wall with Minninglow in the background - one of many dog friendly places to visit in the Peak District

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  • star rating  Felicity and David made us feel very welcome right from our booking. The pods are well equipped and spotlessly clean. The area is very peaceful with great views and we... read more

    January 30, 2020

    star rating  For the second year running, we have had a great family holiday at Hoe Grange. We had one cabin for the week, for two sisters and our elderly wheelchair-using... read more

    June 25, 2019

    star rating  We stayed in the Skylark pod last October (2018) and had a lovely time. There was homemade, rustic goods (bread, biscuits etc) when we arrived. Felicity and David who run... read more

    September 15, 2019
  • star rating  Another great holiday at Hoe Grange - such a great place for us all to holiday as a family - this time with a baby, a 3 yr old, a... read more

    October 4, 2019

    star rating  We stayed in Pinder cabin and had a lovely stay, the cabin was spacious and comfortable, nice and warm after cold days out. The children loved meeting the animals and... read more

    November 5, 2019

    star rating  We love this place. Very wheelchair friendly, really well equipped and comfortable, with easy access by car to lots of places of interest particularly Crich Tramway Village, Chatsworth, Bakewell and... read more

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    October 25, 2019
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    July 4, 2019

    star rating  We have just returned from a short stay in one of the pods on site at Hoe Grange Holidays. We couldn’t recommend them enough. The pod has everything you could... read more

    August 17, 2019

    star rating  It's been three years since we last visited but once we arrived it certainly didn't feel like it!
    We stayed in Hipley again which had had a refurbished wet... read more

    September 21, 2019
  • star rating  Second visit to the accessible holiday cabins at Hoe Grange. David and Felicity were as helpful and friendly as ever. We had a welcome pack of freshly baked bread, butter,... read more

    Charlotte M
    August 7, 2019

    star rating  We stayed for a night in one of the cabins . The cabin was spotless and very well equipped , lots of extra touches were added like fresh eggs and... read more

    February 3, 2020

    star rating  lovely surroundings real farm country with chickens paying you a visit nice decking area to chill at the end of the day accommodation very good plenty to do nearby... read more

    vincent s
    July 28, 2019
  • star rating  We've just returned from our second visit to Hoe Grange. The suggested riding routes with stunning scenery were enjoyed by my daughter and I while the menfolk were delighted with... read more

    July 11, 2019

    star rating  On arriving at Hoe Grange in a downpour, we doubted if we’d made the right decision to go glamping, but after the warm welcome from David and a quick tour,... read more

    June 25, 2019

    star rating  We stayed in Rainster cabin for a long weekend 6 th to 9 th September. This was my 5 th visit to the amazing Hoe Grange. I had visited before... read more

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    September 17, 2019
  • star rating  A beautiful place to stay! Amazingly run family business! Everyone were very welcoming, friendly and cozy! The skylark pod we stayed in was very clean, cozy and well equipped! The... read more

    January 2, 2020

    star rating  Stayed last week, from 6th to 13th September in the log cabin called Hipley. This was amazing, it was our first visit but certainly not our last. Gold standard disability... read more

    September 14, 2019

    star rating  We spent four nights at Hoe Grange and had a lovely time. The location is fantastic and right next to the High Peak Trail. The cabin was very clean and... read more

    July 16, 2019
  • star rating  What a lovely weekend away! We stayed in the lovely gypsy caravan, which was a wonderful and really unique experience. We took along our two horses, who also had a... read more

    June 18, 2019

    star rating  We had a lovely time staying in one of the incredibly well equipped pods. I bought my pony along and we had some great rides on the high peak trail.... read more

    June 7, 2019

    star rating  Lovely place to holiday near to interesting locations and easy access to the High Peak trail and Carsington Water. Part of a working farm with fresh produce to enjoy during... read more

    Angie B
    August 3, 2019
  • star rating  Recently spent a week in "Pinder" and had a lovely time. The location is stunning - the site is nestled in a beautiful valley on the edge of the Peaks... read more

    July 16, 2019

    star rating  We stayed in Skylark, one of the two glamping pods available at Hoe Grange in February 2020.

    Felicity & David welcomed us when we arrived to show us around... read more

    February 6, 2020

    star rating  What can I say?
    Absolutely superb!
    We have just returned from a family weekend staying in Daisybank cabin and the Skylark pod.
    It was our first trip away with my... read more

    June 13, 2019
  • star rating  Arrived and was shown to our pod, fantastic location and the pod was very good indeed plus we had home made bread and milk and tea and coffee. A... read more

    July 28, 2019

    star rating  We love this place. Very wheelchair friendly, really well equipped and comfortable, with easy access by car to lots of places of interest particularly Crich Tramway Village, Chatsworth, Bakewell and... read more

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    star rating  We wanted a complete break and some peace and quiet and this was perfect. The caravan was secluded with beautiful views over the countryside. Everything was spotlessly clean and well... read more

    joanne B
    June 4, 2019
  • star rating  What a wonderful find. As our first experience of needing accessible accommodation we could not have wished for better. Beautiful well equipped lodges in lovely surroundings. We stayed in both... read more

    April 3, 2020

    star rating  Loved every minute of our stay, and so did the family and friends that came to stay. Excellent facilities in our cosy Hipley log cabin. By far the best... read more

    October 25, 2019

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