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Dog-Gone! A Dozen Dog-Free Campsites

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Whether you have a family member that’s scared of dogs, or you simply want to avoid the possibility you’ll be pitched next to a yappy canine, Touring Magazine brings you a selection of dog-free campsites

Shore Caravan Site

Secluded heaven in the North-West Highlands

Of all the campsites-with-no-dogs-allowed featured, this has arguably the most spectacular of locations. Tucked away at the end of a no-through-road, Shore Caravan Site lies directly beside Achmelvich Beach.

This beautiful, sheltered bay, regarded as one of the best in the UK, has soft white sand and fabulous rocky outcrops for scrambling. Situated in the stunning Assynt area of the Highlands of Scotland, the site is less than a mile from the North Coast 500 route.

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Pentewan Sands

Camping on the water at the well-equipped Pentewan Sands

Few campsites can offer the use of a private beach, but Pentewan Sands can. This lovely site, within a handful of miles of the charming Mevagissey, offers a large, flat pitching area, together with static holiday caravans for rent.

There’s a holiday park feel to the site, with a restaurant, fish and chip takeaway and well-stocked supermarket. There are also tennis courts, bike hire and an RYA certified training centre based on the beach, with opportunities for sailing, water-skiing and wakeboarding. Kids will love the adventure playground – on the beach and there’s a no dogs policy.

Jollydays Glamping

Woodland magic awaits at Jollydays Glamping

Buttercrambe Moor Wood, York, YO41 1AP

This gorgeous glamping site, set in 200 acres of woodland, offers a true back-to-nature experience, where you can discover the sights and sounds of the woods and escape the daily pressures of technology. Each Woodland Tent sleeps six in full-sized beds and you have your own toilet, shower and roll-top bath.

There’s also a kitchen with hob and fridge, a barbecue on your private veranda, and a wood burning stove. If you don’t want to cook, just a couple of minutes’ stroll through the wood is the Northwood Kitchen, a fabulous woodland kitchen and bar serving everything from Continental breakfasts and morning barista coffee to lunches, evening meals and woodland cocktails.

Swallowholme Camping & Caravan Park

A great location for exploring the Hope Valley

Station Road, Bamford, Hope Valley, S33 0BN

Within the Peak District National Park, this dog-free site has the enviable location at the convergence of the Hope Valley and the Derwent Valley, with the River Derwent running alongside the site. Hence, fishing for trout and grayling is permitted with a current licence.

The site is within walking distance of the tiny Bamford Railway Station, allowing visitors easy access to the rest of the Hope Valley by public transport.

Gwern Gof Isaf

Camping near the rugged Snowdonia mountain range

Capel Curig, Betws-y-Coed, Conwy, LL24 0EU

One of the oldest campsites in the UK, serving campers for more than 100 years, Gwern Gof Isaf is also in one of the most dramatic of locations. The remarkable and distinct Tryfan, one peak of the Snowdonia mountain range, sits behind the campsite.

There are five spacious camping fields catering for 50 tents and small campervans with a handful of electric hook-ups (but no chemical disposal point). Be aware that, as this is a working sheep farm, while no dogs are allowed to accompany guests, there are working sheep dogs that live here.

Durrell Wildlife Camp

Channel your inner-Attenborough at the Durrell Wildlife Camp

Le Profonde Rue, Jersey, JE3 5SR

No dogs allowed but be prepared to wake up to the sound of orangutans and baboons instead! This amazing glamping site, with geodome safari pods to rent, is situated within the grounds of Durrell Wildlife Park on the Channel Island of Jersey.

It’s directly overlooking some of the animal enclosures and you’ll be likely to drift off to sleep to the sound of the animals. Each pod has a double bed plus children’s beds, plus separate pods with private shower and a fully-equipped kitchen. You also have a private decking area outdoors with sun loungers and dining furniture.

Cotswold Camping at Holycombe

Serene beauty awaits

Whichford, Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire, CV36 5PH

This serene campsite offers camping for tents and small campervans plus several individual glamping experiences. It’s regarded as a quiet, eco-site with compost loos and a rustic camper’s kitchen.

There are specific rules to maintain the peaceful ambience, including no musical instruments, radios or children under 12 years. Cotswold Camping is within the site of an historic Norman castle, with the water-filled moat surrounding the site. Holistic retreats and therapy treatments such as reflexology and mindful massage, offered on site at Holycombe Retreats, may also be booked.

Two Hoots Campsite

Two Hoots Campsite, a secluded adult-only grass site on the edge of the South Downs

Sutton Wood Lane, Blighton, Alresford, Hampshire, SO24 9SG

Not only are there no dogs here, there are no children either. Two Hoots is an adults-only site, with glamping options in camping pods and shepherd’s huts plus five hardstanding pitches for caravans and motorhomes with own facilities. The site, which is situated on the edge of the South Downs National Park, is open all year but booking is essential; as an award-winner, Two Hoots is very popular, not least for the remarkable views over the Hampshire hills.

Etherley Farm

Walkers and cyclists will be in seventh-heaven

Leith Hill Lane, Ockley, Surrey, RH5 5PA

A working farm in the heart of the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Etherley Farm offers back-to-basics camping in two meadows surrounded by beautiful hedgerows and woods.

The site is very informal, without specified pitches so you can choose your spot – and campfires are allowed, too. There are ducks, geese, sheep and cattle on the farm – and you can purchase the farm’s own produce at the on-site farm shop, including some fabulous burgers for the barbecue. Walkers and cyclists will be in seventh-heaven; Leith Hill, the highest point in Surrey, is a short walk/cycle ride away on woodland trails and quiet country lanes.

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Fontmills Farm Campsite

Camp on a working farm in Sussex at Fontmills

North Street, Hellingly,  East Sussex, BN27 4EB

Set in 140 acres of beautiful East Sussex countryside, Fontmills Farm is a family-run working farm. The campsite is situated in a beautiful and undisturbed 20-acre meadow; you’ll have sheep and horses as neighbours in the paddocks above and a vast hay pasture below, allowing you to take in the views, but no dogs.

In addition to spacious camping pitches, there ae three beautiful bell tents and a new shepherd’s hut for hire. Guests can enjoy walking countryside footpaths and cycling along the tree-lined Cuckoo Trail as well as visiting Sussex’s iconic coastlines and pretty villages.

Kingsdown International Camping Centre

Stunning sunsets on the Channel coast

The Avenue, Kingsdown, Kent, CT14 8DU

If you’re planning a visit to coastal Kent for a look at the White Cliffs, Kingsdown Camping is one of the best located sites, with fabulous views across the English Channel from the pitches.

The dog-free cliff-top site allows easy walking access to the beach and the England Coast Path, a nearby golf course plus three popular pubs, including The Zetland Arms, directly on the beach. The pretty towns of Deal, Sandwich and the port at Dover are a 10-minute drive. Campfires and barbecues are allowed. The sunsets are vintage.

Denny Wood & Matley Wood

Beaulieu Road, Lyndhurst, SO43 7FZ

  Denny Wood campsite is part of Camping in the Forest

If you love being surrounded by trees, you’ll love these two sites in the New Forest National Park. Both are part of the Camping in the Forest group of back-to-nature campsites where you camp among the trees and open glades of the woodland, with the freedom to choose your pitch.

There are no electric hook-ups or amenities, so you have to be self-sufficient with toilet and washing facilities. Ashurst, another of the Camping in the Forest sites within the New Forest is also dog-free. Expect to see the roaming New Forest ponies that potter past your pitch.

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