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The Woof Guide: Phileas Dogg’s Recommended Days Out with Your Dog

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Today Phileas Dogg, Britain’s only dog-friendly travel website written by the dogs themselves, are guest writing for Barkarama. Their chief re-pawter Atlee and his editor/owner Jane Common share their favourite dog days out.

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A Trip To The Beach
The beaches on the north Cornish coast are dog-friendly all year round, and Watergate Bay, with its miles of golden sand and huge waves crashing in from the Atlantic Ocean, is about as perfect a seashore as you’ll find anywhere in the world. Surfers, people flying kites, sunbathers on fine days – it’s a really hot spot and it’s access all areas for Rover.

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Plus The Beach Hut, a café/restaurant on stilts at the start of the sand, is dog-friendly and the wooden floor is wet with all the seawater dripping mutts have shaken off. Eau de wet dog – love it! More info: Watergatebay.co.uk.

Country Walk
As your dog enjoys a calming walk in the countryside away from the stresses of city and town life, you can absorb the beautiful scenery that inspired one of Britain’s most famous painters, John Constable, to create the nation’s most celebrated painting - The Hay Wain. You’ll also find Willy Lott’s cottage, the building in the artwork, on the Essex/ Suffolk Border by strolling from the colourful village of Dedham – as picture postcard a slice of bucolic England as you’re likely to find – to Flatford, where The Hay Wain was created. With the tranquil river and the ducks clucking on its banks, it’s impossible to believe you’re just an hour away from London by train. 
More info: John Constable’s The Hay Wain was painted in the village of Flatford in Dedham Vale; Nationaltrust.org.uk/flatford-bridge-cottage.

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City Living 
Attlee, a Battersea mongrel, and I live in London and Attlee gives Britain’s capital a scores on the paws of five for dog friendliness. There are the walks – Attlee’s favourite is Hampstead Heath in the north of the city, for hobnobbing with posh pooches, and Peckham Rye in the south, because the park has wide expanses of open space, perfect for chasing crows. My favourite street in London is Bermondsey Street because dogs are allowed in every shop, making life a lot stressful when you want to buy a pint of milk with hound in tow, and in every café and restaurant. Bermondsey Street is also home to gorgeous dog collar and lead emporium Holly and Lil and dog-friendly hotel Bermondsey Square – perfect for people who want to come sight-seeing to London for the weekend but can’t leave Fido at home. He’ll be spoilt here – the hotel has boutique dog beds to ensure canine guests have the perfect night’s kip. More info: Hollyandlil.co.uk and Bermondseysquarehotel.co.uk.

Island Life
This has to be Arran in Scotland, which has some of the dog-friendliest pubs we’ve ever visited, all with their own resident booze hounds. Try the Ormidale in the island’s ‘capital’ – the village of Brodick – to meet spaniel Ruby and Scottish bearded collie Skipper. Arran, sometimes described as Scotland in miniature, has an amazing diversity of scenery considering it’s only about 50 miles all around. They’ve got sandy beaches, mountains, green fields and even a 13th Century Castle. More info: to reach Arran, take a Caledonian MacBrayne ferry from Ardrossan on the west coast of Scotland, about an hour’s drive from Glasgow. There are five sailings from Ardrossan to Brodick and back during the summer. Dogs travel free. Log on to Calmac.co.uk for prices and to book. Hotel - Ormidale-hotel.co.uk. 

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Village Day Out 
Long Melford in Suffolk has the longest high street in the county – Hall Street – guaranteeing lots of canine bottoms for your dog to sniff as you stroll up and down. There’s also lots of independent shops to have a peer into while your dog exchanges greetings – Lovejoy was filmed here and the number of antiques shops is testament to that. Hall Street is also home to Tiffins Tea Emporium, where dogs are allowed to sit while their owners enjoy a cup of tea and a scone and watch the world go by. As for dog-friendly accommodation, there’s The Black Lion Hotel which occupies a lovely spot next to the grand church, overlooking the village green, or The Bull Hotel, an oak-timbered pub on the high street, with proper pub grub – pies and sausages and mash – on the menu.More info: The Black Lion Hotel - Blacklionhotel.net; Bull Hotel - Oldenglishinns.co.ukTiffins Tea Emporium - Tiffinstearooms.co.uk.

Going Further Afield 
France! Phileas Dogg has a rover reporter in France – Monty Spaniel, a Cheshire dog who spends half his time in the Pyrenees. With the introduction of pet passports, travelling to Europe with the dog in tow is so easy – and France is one of the dog-friendliest countries around. Monty reports that he receives a warm welcome everywhere he sets paw – whether he’s boating in Annecy on the Swiss/Italian border or ski-ing in the French Alps. For more information about the Pet Travel Scheme and how to get your own pet a passport, see Gov.uk/take-pet-abroad.

Would your dog like to be a Rover Reporter? Phileas Dogg is always looking for new paw-thors from around the country to bring its readers the latest travel news – direct from the newshounds. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you reckon your dog might have some creative writing instinct he’s been waiting to unleash.

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