As any canine lovers in search of pet friendly places to stay or visit will testify, it can make a bit of a dog’s dinner out of your planning. At the Feathers, however, we understand that an away trip just wouldn’t be complete without your best friend in tow.
Dogs very much get the right end of the stick with us! Should your faithful hound need anything during your stay, we also have a local vet and pet shop very close to us. As for top dog days out, you’re spoiled for choice with so much countryside to explore. Here are a few ideas to get tails wagging whilst staying at our dog friendly Herefordshire hotel: King of the Castle: One of the best preserved medieval ruins in the whole of Britain, Goodrich Castle is a great dog-friendly day out that families with energetic kids will also enjoy. Civil war weaponry and 900 year old defences will appeal to visitors of all ages, particularly the boys! Plenty of space to play in lovely surroundings here. Even in and around the castle itself, dogs are welcome provided you keep them on leads. Further details: http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/goodrich-castle/
Dog Friendly Activities
Wonderful for Walkies: Landscaped by none other than Capability Brown, Berrington Hall boasts countless acres of beautiful land here that are superb for an extended bit of exercise. Although dogs are not permitted within interior of the National Trust owned building itself, there are plenty of other diversions here, including a pretty estate lake and several cute trails to explore. It’s also a great year round attraction, noted for its winter wildlife. Full details here: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/berrington-hall/things-to-see-and-do/parkland/
Take me to the river: For anyone who enjoys a spot of fishing, a paddle, or just a good walk in some gorgeous surroundings, the River Wye is a fabulous destination for the travelling dog walker. Very peaceful and plenty of room, although you’re advised to follow the country code and keep dogs on leads around livestock. For some epic walking routes, try the Wye Valley Walk site http://www.wyevalleywalk.org for some handy free resources.
Anglers, meanwhile, are spoilt for choice because the river represents a dog friendly fishery of many miles in length! We would recommend the Wye and Usk Foundation for fishing permits, who have several stretches of river fishing near Ledbury that can be booked on a day ticket basis. Try here: http://www.wyeuskfoundation.org/fishing/booking_office/midlowwye.php
A Spot of Grooming: If your four-legged friend is more pampered pooch than country canine, there are also options in the area. One of these is the Alpha Dog Grooming service, just a short drive from Ledbury (Dormington Court, Dormington HR1 4ES). Pick up the dog and bone and call them on 01432 851104