During the Christmas break I was lucky enough to go on holiday to Dunwich in Suffolk with my Uncle Billy (a Maltese Jack Russell cross).
We stayed in the lovely Lodge 37 which is based on Cliff House Holiday Park. It is dog (and child) friendly and although it is on a holiday park feels completely secluded. The lodge itself is on the cliff edge and boasts amazing views over the coastline. The beach is literally a minute walk- which was great for me.
There are very steep steps to Dunwich Beach (so I needed to be carried down), but I didn’t mind. It is dog friendly all year round and when we went was pretty quiet (although I guess it is a lot busier in the height of summer).
It does have a lot of shingles which did make walking a long way a little bit hard on my feet, but there is some sand when the sea is out.
We did a lovely 9 ish mile walk through Dunwich Heath– a National Trust site with well
marked footpaths surrounded by a patchwork of pink and purple heather. There were other dogs off the lead, but you have to pay attention to the signs as there are lots of special species such as the Dartford warbler, nightjar, woodlark, ant-lion and adders to watch out for.
You can find the walk here.
On our walk there were lots of lovely warm pubs to stop at which were all dog friendly.
The next day it was chucking it down with rain so we went to Southwold, home to the Adnams Brewery. We started by going to the Adnams shop which has a cafe at the back (both the shop and the cafe are dog friendly).
We then went for a bit of a wander down the highstreet. Everyone was really lovely and every shop we went in (excluding the co-op) was dog friendly- I even got a dog treat from the handy store.
We stopped for lunch in The Lord Nelson- a great pub right on the seafront which serves delicious dinners (and is dog friendly!).
The beach itself is also dog friendly throughout the year. Dog walking is allowed on the southern part of Southwold beach, which is basically beyond the last beach hut on the beach to the river mouth.
Suffolk (and particularly Southwold) seem to be fantastically dog friendly and I would definitely return. Lodge 37 was brilliant and superbly kitted out- a highly recommended accommodation choice.
You can see more of my adventures by watching this video:
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