Bringing your dog with you is one of the best things about holidaying in the UK. But it can add stress too – will they travel OK on the journey? Where can I take them out first thing and for bedtime walkies? Will there be nice places to dine out and take our dog too?

As dog owners ourselves, we hope to make it easy for you and your pet to have a fun trip at our dog friendly accommodation in Snowdonia National Park, North Wales.

Graig Wen is a great place to bring your four legged friend, with many wonderful walks from the doorstep and dog friendly Snowdonia beaches just a few minutes drive. It’s easy to take your dog for a short or longer walk from the door of any of our accommodation.  We ask that dogs are kept on a lead on site, but you can let your dog run free if you can walk down our steep track to the Mawddach Trail where it’s safe to let dogs off lead under control.

We can advise you of many walks in the local area which are suitable for you and your dog, whether it’s the best mountain route or a short stroll through the woods.

Pet friendly places to eat and drink

There are local cafes and pubs in Barmouth, Dolgellau and Fairbourne which welcome dogs and are an hour or so walk along the estuary from Graig Wen or a few minutes by car.  We can supply you with a list when you book or just ask in reception where you’re here.  Some of our favourites are Davy Jones Locker and The Last Inn on Barmouth harbour, the Mawddach Tail walk to the George III at Penmaenpool, or gourmet burgers, pizza and a local ale at The Salt Marsh Cafe in Tywyn.

Pet Sitting

You cannot leave your dog unattended in our accommodation – even the calmest characters can get distressed when left alone in a new place – but we can put you in touch with an excellent dog walker/sitter or nearby kennels to provide day care if you plan to take the train up Snowdon or visit another attraction such as Portmerion which is not dog friendly. But don’t worry, we can tell you about lots of attractions from castles to steam trains which do welcome dogs.

Pet Pit Stops

If you need to break your journey to Snowdonia, here’s a few suggestions of Pet Pit Stops – places to pull in en route with a loo for you, bit of grass for your dog and somewhere to pick up supplies:

From the North:

Queensferry Services, Llandegla mountain bike centre, Rhug Farm Shop or by the lake at Bala.

From the Midlands:

Churncote farm shop or  Coed y Dinas just outside of Welshpool

From the South via the Welsh coast:

Aberaeron Harbour beach (much easier than trying to park in Aberystwyth) or Machynlleth car park

From the South via mid Wales:

Builth Wells, Rhayader or Llanidloes all have handy places it’s easy to park up for a quick break

Pet packing list

Here’s our tips for what to pack for your dog’s Snowdonia self catering holiday:

Collar with ID tag with holiday contact number

Lead – a long chew-proof line to attach to a post, tree or tether is also useful if you’re camping or glamping (we provide one of these for our glamping units)

Bowls for food and water

Food and treats

Clean bed – we have plenty of towels you can borrow if you need to rub down wet and muddy paws

Warm coat in winter or cool coat in hot weather

Travel water bowl and bottle for walking

Favourite chew or toy

Poo bags – bio-degradable bags are also available on site

It’s a good idea to make sure your dog is tick treated if they are going to be bounding around in bracken or sand dunes – a remover tool is handy too.

Most importantly – your dog!

You can read more about our Snowdonia self catering accommodation suitable for dogs here and Check availability for our pet friendly Snowdonia cottages, glamping or camping or call 01341 250482