At The Bungalow, Pocklington for families, Walks

Your Guide to a Dog Friendly Holiday in Pocklington

At The Bungalow we understand that dogs are part of the family and so we want you to know you are welcome to bring your pooches with you when you come. Whether you want to enjoy the Yorkshire countryside, visit the seaside, or just explore Pocklington’s amazing shops, we want you to enjoy your holiday with your pooches by your side and so we’ve put together this guide of dog-friendly places to visit.

Dog Friendly Cafes

A stunning walk from the Bungalow is the World Peace Cafe. Here they don’t just offer fresh water bowls for four-legged customers, but there is also a furnished hut just for dogs and their owners to use if it’s cold or raining. In winter time this is heated by a cosy log burner and is the perfect place to revive before your walk home. 

In town, one of the most welcoming spots for pets is the Wolds Cafe & Coffee House. Pop in for delicious cake and a cuppa whilst you’re out shopping or go for brunch – they do a mean full English! Another fabulous spot that welcomes dogs is the Smile Cafe on The Mile. There’s always a fresh water bowl outside and you can even top up your groceries in the shop whilst you’re there.

Pet-Friendly Pubs & Restaurants

Judsons wine bar serves excellent meals for two-legged members of the family and welcomes four-legged ones to sit alongside you. Just be careful if you decide to dine from their comfy leather sofas and your dog can reach the table – you might find you’re sharing more of your meal than you meant to!

If you just want to pop into town for a drink, the Cross Keys pub has a garden where dogs are welcome. 

Walkies

There are two circular walks right from the front door and the good news is they both take you past a dog-friendly cafe where you can refresh whilst you offer your pooches a drink. Head up the hill along the path along the left side of the wood and keep heading uphill until you reach the top. Then, either turn left, then right, through a gate and through woodland until you reach the far corner of the golf course, then take a left down a dirt track road until you hit the main road. Here turn left back along the Mile into town. On your right is the Smile Cafe. 

Alternatively, at the top of the hill head straight on and follow the nature trail through a woodland skirting the golf course until you reach the entrance to Kilnwick Percy Golf Course. Here you cross the road and head for the Madhyamaka Buddhist Centre where the World Peace Cafe welcomes dogs and tired walkers. Head home along the lakeside. 

If you don’t mind travelling a bit further, then Allerthorpe Woods is the perfect place to let your dog off the lead to enjoy a good run. Watch out though, the sandy woodland floor here is crisscrossed by streams slick with black mud that sticks like tar. Bring a towel to wipe down your adventurous dogs at the very least! 

Doggie days out

Another great place for dogs is Allterthorpe Lakeland Park. There are three lakes to walk round and the ones further away from the cafe are quiet if you want to be able to enjoy a peaceful walk. This is also perfect for families who enjoy watersports. Further afield, but well worth the effort is Castle Howard. Dogs are allowed on leads throughout the landscaped gardens and there are water bowls at the outdoor cafes. Burton Agnes Hall, an Elizabethan manor house built in 1600’s, also welcomes dogs in the grounds and woodland walk. Spend the day playing giant chess and other board games in its walled gardens then enjoy a coffee or wood-fired pizza for lunch in the outdoor courtyard. 

Of course, the best place to let your dogs run free is on any of East Yorkshire’s wide-open beaches. Fraisethorpe has a car park and the Cowshed Cafe allows dogs all year. Bridlington’s south beach also allows dogs along its southern section all year. 

Pet shops

If you’ve forgotten to pack their favourite toy, or just want to treat your four-legged friends, there is a choice of two shops in Pocklington just for pets. From dog leads to dog blankets, either Pocklington Pet Store or RM English have everything your pooch could ever want. 

Vets 

We hope you won’t need them, but just in case, we recommend Battleflats just at the bottom of the hill from the Bungalow.

So, if you are bringing your dogs on holiday with you, we hope you’ll agree that Pocklington has everything you need for a pet-friendly holiday. 

Walks

A Short Circular Pocklington Dog Walk

If like me, you can’t bear the thought of walking there and back, and need a circular walk…here’s my top short circular Pocklington dog walk. The route is mainly footpaths and tracks, with a short road section. Offering some lovely views over Pocklington town.

short dog walk pocklington

This short Pocklington walk is 0.7 miles, and should take 15-20 minutes. It took us 25 this morning as I stopped to take pictures, and Bonnie seemed to having a ‘slow’ day!

Like most of the walks from The Bungalow you’ll start by crossing the road and taking the public foot path up the hill sign posted Kilnwick Percy. Walk up the hill and across Gus Walker Drive. Continue climbing steeply up the steps until the path levels out and divides. You will need to turn bear here. Walk along the left of the hedge by the side of the golf course.

Chapel Hill

You will now find your self on Chapel Hill. Which was an outstanding beauty spot in Pocklington before the housing development which now covers most of the hillside.  When you reach a chalk path, turn left, this will take you down the hill. Here you will see some lovely views over Pocklington.

Looking in to the distance on a clear day you should be able to spot the power stations. From the left to right they are named Drax, Eggborough and Ferrybridge. On an evening you might be lucky enough to catch a stunning sunset over the town.

Descent

Descend the hill and on reaching the bottom turn left along Denison Road. After the house numbered 14 turn left again up an alleyway/snicket/ginnel (delete…depending on where you’re from!).

On exit from the alleyway/snicket/ginnel turn left again and then right up the steep hill, back onto St Helens Road to complete your Pocklington dog walk!

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