LOCAL beaches and businesses have been listed among the most dog-friendly locations in Dorset.
With 2021 set to be the year of the staycation, many visitors are looking to explore Dorset with their dogs.
To help them find the most dog-friendly spots, holiday provider Canine Cottages has crunched the TripAdvisor data to find the best places to visit with your pet pooch.
Based on the percentage of reviews on TripAdvisor suggesting a place was dog-friendly, they have found the most dog-friendly beaches, places to visit, pubs and cafes across the county, which can also be found on a handy interactive map.
Finding a beach where your hounds can roam freely isn’t always easy, due to different seasonal restrictions applying to various beaches.
This has become a hotly-debated issue in Lyme Regis, with dogs banned from the town’s main sandy and shingle beach from May to October, and having to be kept on leads throughout the winter season.
But Monmouth Beach in Lyme Regis, where there are no dog restrictions all year round, has been listed among the most dog-friendly in Dorset.
The beach, to the west of the historic Cobb, was listed in fifth place, followed in sixth by Charmouth beach.
Coming in first place was Hive Beach at Burton Bradstock.
The Black Dog Tea Room in Uplyme was listed in second place in Dorset’s most dog-friendly places to eat, following its namesake, The Black Dog in Weymouth, in first place.
The Galley Cafe in Lyme Regis came in fifth.
Canine Cottages has also released the Dog-Friendly Index, a handy tool where you’ll find these and even more dog-friendly places as recommended by TripAdvisor reviewers.
Covering the entirety of the UK, and featuring helpful filters for finding your perfect kind of day out or place to visit, the Dog-Friendly Index is a must-have tool for dog owners.
Each place that has been featured has also been given a useful paw rating out of five, with only places rated three paws or higher featuring in the tool.
Shannon Keary, digital PR manager at Canine Cottages, said: “With so many more people looking to explore what’s on their own doorstep with their dogs this summer, it’s fantastic to see the sheer number and diversity of places that welcome dogs across the country; hopefully this can only continue to grow.
“We hope that our Dog-Friendly Index tool helps to highlight the top spots for dog owners to visit near them, as well as highlight some hidden gems they may not have been aware of.”