It is every dog lover’s dream to carry along their furry friends when hitting town. Only that not many establishments accept dogs on their premises. For many, the only option is to leave the dog at home. But it doesn’t have to be so. In Hampshire, there are a number of attractions where you are free to go with your dog. The following dog friendly attractions in Hampshire stand out the most.
Butser Ancient Farm
On the farm, you will witness Iron Age Roundhouses, Stone Age Houses, a Saxon Hall, and Roman Villa. As you step back in time, carry your dog along. Butser Ancient Farm is part of the dog friendly attractions in South Downs National Park. From the farm, you can explore several footpaths nearby. While on the farm, keep your dog under close control so as not to endanger the pigs, goats, and sheep. You can only bring assistance animals during special events.
Hamworthy Park is a beach where you can bring your dog all year round, regardless of the weather. The beach overlooks the upper and middle reaches of the harbour. In the distance, you can behold the beauty of Purbeck Hills. The amenities on the site include a paddling pool, children’s play area, and refreshments. The public toilet can be used even by the disabled
Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Park
When on a family day out to Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Park, take your dog along. It is one of the dog friendly attractions that welcome dogs only if they are on a lead. However, the dogs are restricted from accessing certain parts of the park. While on the farm, remember to clean after your dog and put the waste in bags before depositing in the bins.
A perfect attraction is one with lots of space, cracking views, and a place to have some tea and cake. In all of those aspects, Hengistbury stands out. It is both a home to wildlife and a nature reserve meaning that you should keep your dog under control on a lead. If you are headed to the Hiker Café, you will have to leave your dog outside. Luckily, the establishment provides water bowls for the pooches. Recently, the Bournemouth Parks donated a dog drinking fountain, which was promptly installed. Dogs have the options of drinking from a low bowl via a spout or by lapping up the water.
Upton County Park
If you are looking for plenty of open space to walk your dog, Upton County Park is the place to be. It is an expanse of more than 140 acres of woodlands and parkland. The car park has 24 spaces for dog walkers to leave their cars. If you want, you can take advantage of the 2-hour free parking right on Poole Road. From there, you can access a large space where you can walk your dog off-lead. This is one of the dog friendly attractions that has clearly marked lead and off-lead areas.
Where are you planning to take your dog next? Most of these attractions are great for a weekend family getaway.