The Peak District town is the premier destination in the UK to welcome pet owners and their dogs

Bakewell is the most welcoming destination for holidaymakers and their dogs, beating rivals in major tourist areas such as the Lake District and Cornwall.

With Buxton taking sixth place in a table topped by a town famous for its pudding, the Peak District scores very high overall, with more pubs, restaurants, campsites and hotels welcoming dogs than the majority of the UK .

Bakewell got top marks for its dog-friendly places to eat, such as Wyes Waters Tea Rooms in the city and Old Smithy Tea Rooms in Monyash.

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Several pubs in and around Bakewell offer water bowls for thirsty dogs and some offer dog treats (generic image: Pixabay)

The Rutland Arms Hotel in Bakewell, the Lathkil Hotel in Over Haddon and the Monsal Head Hotel are among the places singled out in TripAdvisor reviews for being dog-friendly.

There are water bowls and ice cubes for hot dogs to quench their thirst at the town’s Castle Inn and The Wheatsheaf offers dog treats.

Campers and their dogs will find a warm welcome at Lathkill Wild Campground and Mandale Campground, both located less than three miles from Bakewell.

The survey was compiled using and internal data from for the availability of hotels and campsites that accept dogs.

Dog-friendly campsites are within three miles of Bakewell (generic image: Pixabay)

If you’re planning on vacationing with your dog, you might want to follow these tips and tricks offered by Dan Yates, the founder of

“The first thing to remember are towels, as the unpredictable UK weather is sure to let you down at some point – the last thing you want is to ruin your car seats with mud, or having to use the towels from the apartment you are staying at.

“It may seem obvious, but remembering to bring poop bags can be a huge help in the right situation. If you forget them and walk around a busy city, it could get very messy and awkward to not having essentials on you at all times – and can mean the difference between being fined or not.

“Like us, your dog is bound to get thirsty from walking around all day, so be sure to bring a bowl or some sort of container for him to drink on the way, to prevent him from becoming dehydrated. It may also be worth remembering a smaller parasol or umbrella to use in hot weather or at the beach, as having a fur coat and not being able to sweat is a disastrous combination in very hot weather. .

“Many dogs are prone to anxiety around large crowds of people and new places. For this reason, it might be worth investing in a dog coat with the phrase ‘I AM ANXIOUS’, which avoids the risk that people approach to pet your dog and make him panic.

“Finally, it’s always useful to have a harness with you, rather than just a collar and leash. A harness offers much more control over your dog, especially if they are a larger breed and tend to pull. Dogs can easily slip off their collars, and the last thing you need is your dog running around in a town you don’t know.

Daniel E. Murphy