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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. 

Pocklington for families

Gardens to go wild in | Burnby Hall Gardens

Burnby Hall Gardens‘ claim to fame is that it is home to a national collection of hardy water lilies. From mid-June to August, its two lakes are ablaze with 100 plus lily varieties. But, as gorgeous as these floating carpets of colour are, they are only a fraction of what this public garden has to offer families visiting Pocklington.

     

Garden styles

From woodlands, to a walled Victorian garden, there’s something here to delight every age and taste.  And, with an ornamental bridge, summer house, and a ‘stumpery’, this is a place to let imaginations run wild. There’s even a hobbit house in the stumpery. 

Informal garden style

For years Burmby Hall Gardens sported a formal, municipal, look, but recently this has been updated. Whilst there are still loud stripes of colour lining the main paths, there’s also a much looser, informal style going on which is a lot easier on the eye. In spring, small sparks of candy-striped red tulips light up the woodland floor, replaced by soft wildflowers in summer.

   

Garden family fun

There are events at the gardens all year round, including an annual tulip festival, brass band concerts, and live outdoor performances. But even when there’s nothing going on, this is a fun place to visit with families. Children can feed the carp in the lake and there is an adventure playground as well as an ice cream stand. The cafe serves wholesome lunches and snacks too. 

Garden history

Burmby Hall Gardens belongs to the people of Pocklington. A gift from Major Percy Stewart, a wealthy explorer, it’s an important example of Edwardian garden fashion. Major Stewart and his wife, Katherine, lived in the adjoining house, Burnby Hall, between 1901 and 1962. When they laid out the garden, anyone who was anyone had a rockery designed by the famous nursery, ‘Backhouses of York‘, and a lake planted with water lily collections from around the world.

Museum

In keeping with their fashionable lifestyles, the Stewarts enjoyed travelling. They made eight world tours between 1906 and 1926. On show in a special museum attached to the cafe are some of the weird and wonderful things they collected on these tours. 

From a Maori cloak made of kiwi feathers, to African drums, and the fascinating diaries of Herbert Stewart, who taught the last Russian Tsar’s children, it is a mesmerising, if sometimes disconcerting, exhibition.

There are doll-sized Chinese slippers, relics of an era when mothers would break their daughters feet to keep them fashionably small, and a collection of stuffed hunting trophies. Seen through modern eyes, these artefacts are a little creepy. But the museum curators have taken care to present them in a way that allows children to question the ethics of hunting. 

The Bungalow

If you’re staying at The Bungalow, then don’t miss out on a day at Burmby Hall Gardens with the family.