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    Directors of Walkies’ Guide to Northumberland

    Sev and Lily’s penultimate stop of the year in their role as our Directors of Walkies’ was our Haggerston Castle holiday park, which is located on the beautiful Northumberland coast. Their trip included swimming at the beach, boating on the river and even a day trip to Scotland!

    The dog-friendly caravan Sev and Lily stayed in overlooked a stunning lake and was also a short walk away from an open-field area – which gave the pups an ample amount of space to run and play in.


    First on the discovery list was to explore all of what Bamburgh had to offer. The town is home to a beautiful castle and a dog friendly beach, and is about a 20 minute drive from Haggerston Castle.

    There’s a lot of parking spaces close to the beach, which meant Severus and Lily only had a short wait before they were running on the sand and swimming in the sea! After playing on the beach they stopped for a little refreshment at The Potted Lobster in Bamburgh, which allows dogs in their outside space and front bar area.

    Victoria Hotel – Bamburgh

    The Victoria Hotel was the next four-paw experience. It’s a beautiful dog-friendly space with a pretty seating area that offers afternoon tea for humans and unlimited attention and fuss for pups. The Victoria Hotel also offers lunch, dinner and drinks with a lovely outdoor area to play in and cosy indoor space to snuggle in along with a cup of tea.

    Kielder Water and Forest Park

    The drive out to Kielder Water and Forest Park began with an early start to their day. Home to a beautiful lake and forest with spectacular views, Sev and Lily enjoyed a paddle in the lake before running around the woodland area. The site has parking facilities and has a cafe with an information centre too.


    The next part of the Directors of Walkies’ tour took Sev and Lily to the beautiful town of Warkworth, which is set upon the River Coquet. Warkworth is another example of a Northumberland town with a beautiful castle and river meandering around its walls. On the river the pups hired a row boat and took a row down the river in the sunshine.

    After their rowing adventure, Sev and Lily made their way to the dog friendly beach at Warkworth where the dogs enjoyed cooling off in the sea.

    Day trip to Edinburgh

    The final adventure was a day trip across the border and into Scotland to visit the sights of Edinburgh. Severus and Lily headed to Arthur’s Seat and Holyrood Park to have a run around in the fresh air of Edinburgh’s great landscape.

    After working up an appetite, the pups made their way into the city centre where they found The Holyrood 9A, a dog friendly bar and restaurant serving some incredible food. The burgers there are to die for! On the way home from Edinburgh, Sev and Lily stopped off at John Muir Country Park, a must do for you and your canine friends. Its situated on the coast and has beautiful woodland walks leading to a spectacular sandy beach.

    Overall, Northumberland got a big thumbs (and paws) up from Sev and Lily. Haggerston Castle served as the perfect base for them to explore from and had all the facilities and amenities that they needed.

    Do you have any suggestions for dog-friendly spots in Northumberland? Let us know in the comments below!

    For more dog-friendly finds, check out Steph and the Spaniels’ blog here.

    All photos credited to @spaniellife