Whether you love a walk along the beach, roaming over rolling hills or through glorious woodland, there are plenty of dog-friendly days out in Somerset. When you’ve worked up an appetite, there are plenty of dog-friendly pubs too!
Here are a few popular places to visit near Cossington Park with your four-legged friends.
Glastonbury Abbey and Tor
Glastonbury’s famous Abbey is set in 36 acres of tranquil grounds. Dogs are welcome on a lead (“with the owner on the other end”!).
Close to the Abbey and town centre is Glastonbury’s iconic Tor. A short, but strenuous, walk up the Tor will provide you with stunning views across Somerset and beyond. There are sheep grazing on and around the Tor, so you’ll need to keep your dogs on a lead.
Brean Beach and Brean Down, Near Weston Super Mare
A glorious long, sandy beach where your pets will be welcome all year round. There’s a dog-friendly café and you can also walk up onto the headland, known as Brean Down, with stunning views across the Bristol Channel to Wales. Whilst leads are not necessary on the beach, for safety when walking on the headland you may want to keep the lead on to keep your pets away from the cliff edge.
Keep an eye out for beach signs. The beach is largely covered at high tide and there are muddy areas at low tide which pets should avoid.
A stunning, 3 mile gorge with plenty of fabulous walks for people and pets.
Ebbor Gorge Nature Reserve, Near Wookey Hole
A magical place to walk with the dogs, with woodland, hidden caves and wonderful views across to Glastonbury Tor. Several trails are available, including one suitable for wheelchairs and buggies.
Take a picnic or pick up lunch in the nearby dog-friendly Queen Victoria Pub in Priddy.
Ramscombe Great Wood, Near Taunton
Over 627 hectares of beautiful woodland and an abundance of wildlife. There are on- and off-lead areas for dogs and both dogs and children will love it.
Take a picnic, or you can pick up a snack at the dog-friendly Foxy Bean Café at Adcombe.
The nearby Ancient Mariner pub is also dog (and child) friendly.
Dog-Friendly Somerset Pubs
Somerset is known for fantastic food and welcoming countryside inns, many of which will also extend a warm welcome to four-legged friends.
Here are just a few favourites.
A welcoming village pub serving good quality food, within easy walking distance of Cossington Park (but beware traffic). Dogs are more than welcome.
A historic 18th-century pub on the edge of the Somerset levels serving great local food.
Children and four-legged friends are welcome, and they are also fully wheelchair accessible.
A beautiful, historic hotel minutes away from Bridgwater town centre. Warm and welcoming, with delicious food and beautiful gardens. Their Sunday roasts are fabulous.
Dogs “with well-behaved humans” are welcome.
A lovely, dog- and family-friendly local pub with a fantastic outdoor waterside area, quirky décor, and delicious, modern European food.
They have a great range of local beers and ciders and run popular music events throughout the year.
An award-winning gastropub located on the beautiful Somerset Levels. Dogs are very welcome.
A cosy country pub serving a range of traditional ales and ciders. Just a few minutes from Wookey Hole and Ebbor Gorge, the pub is popular with walkers and cavers. Dogs are welcome inside and in the courtyard garden.