Unleash the hounds on these dog friendly weekend breaks

Looking for a great weekend away that's equally enjoyable for your 4-legged friend? Pack the leash, treats and tennis balls, and take a look at these excellent destinations for weekend breaks with dogs.

Dog friendly holiday homes near the beach

If you're in the mood for a rejuvenating coastal getaway where Rover can roam the sands to his heart's content, consider these killer holiday lettings by the beach. From scenic fishing villages to bustling seaside hotspots, you'll find the perfect spot for your waterfront retreat.

Seaside escapes with Fido in western Wales

For a waterfront getaway that's tough to beat, the fishing villages of western Wales's Pembrokeshire county offer serene seaside scenery and plenty of pet-friendly accommodation. Book a holiday cottage here for easy access to the sprawling moorland in Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, where you'll find miles of walking paths – many of which welcome visitors with dogs – offering sweeping views over the Irish Sea.

Lively coastal getaways in the south of England

Looking for a vibrant coastside destination with a bit more bustle? Bournemouth, along the English Channel on England's south coast, offers a more built-up approach to seaside relaxation. Here, you'll find a lively pier with activities for all ages, as well as a buzzy nightlife scene. It's also a quick trip from the New Forest National Park, another sprawling open space with plenty of dog-friendly trails and other cultural attractions.

Perfect pet friendly holidays in the Peak District

A popular destination for nature lovers of all stripes, the picturesque Peak District boasts plenty of camping, hiking and other outdoor activities. With soaring ridges and moorland plateaus in the north, and steep limestone valleys in the south, this area is a top choice for your next weekend getaway with the pup.

Doggone good times in Sheffield

Just east of the Peak District, the bustling city of Sheffield is a popular choice for visitors travelling with pets. Here, you'll find a plethora of dog friendly accommodation, including plenty of spacious suburban holiday homes with fenced-in gardens. The city also boasts a wealth of arts and cultural destinations, like the Kelham Island Museum and the Millennium Gallery. From here, moorland hiking in the Peak District National Park is a short drive away, offering boundless opportunities for your canine to heed the call of the wild.

Tranquil times in laid-back Castleton

<p>At the other end of the spectrum, the village of Castleton in Derbyshire offers a more low-key approach to the Peak District. From your cosy Castleton holiday cottage, you can stroll along the Peakshole Water, a scenic creek that runs along the town, and many of the Peak District's finest pup-approved hiking trails are just a short drive away. It's a quick trip from the Blue John Cavern, a limestone cave that offers regular tours, and it's also home to Peveril Castle ruins.</p>

Dog friendly rentals with hot tubs

Looking for a little rest and relaxation for yourself, too? You won't have any trouble finding pet-friendly accommodation with hot tubs throughout the UK's most popular destinations. From the Cotswolds to Scotland, we've found holiday lettings and rentals that truly have it all. Getting rid of that wet dog smell, well, that'll be on you.

Holiday homes with hot tubs in the Cotswolds

Designated an Area of Natural Beauty, the historic Cotswolds boasts rolling countryside and a wealth of long-standing homes, castles and other sights, some of which date back to the Romans. Holiday homes with hot tubs in the area range from snug cottages to rustic log cabins, with plenty of amenities for your 4-legged friend, too. Bring your best friend along for a walk on the Meadows and Mills trail, then drop him for a snooze at the cottage while you explore historic Blenheim Palace.

Northern pooch-approved escapes with hot tubs

Pet friendly accommodation in Scotland also offers plenty of opportunities to commune with nature while relaxing in a hot tub. Check out holiday homes near the Cairngorms National Park for some truly epic scenery, including hills, woodland and open fields, all of which are open to visitors and their dogs. Further south, a short drive outside of Glasgow, the Trossachs National Park at Loch Lomond offers even more outdoor adventure, from hiking and cycling trails to boating on the loch.