The Canine guide to Lincolnshire holiday cottages


The Canine guide to Lincolnshire

Kate W 03 January 2020

With flat open countryside, beautiful natural spaces and endless fens to investigate, dogs can have a ball exploring Lincolnshire’s incredible landscapes. 

Spend your days on seaside dog walks or roaming the unique Lincolnshire Wolds, before stopping by a few dog-friendly attractions and dining out with your hound at a cosy café or pub during your trip to Lincolnshire.

A few favourite destinations across the county include family-friendly Skegness, scenic Cleethorpes and, of course, the ever-popular city break destination of Lincoln where four paws can tread historic streets and delve into pet-friendly eateries.

Find dog-friendly holiday cottages in Lincolnshire

There’s so much to entertain humans and their canine companions alike that you and your best friend will have a great time on your holiday retreat to Lincolnshire.

Discover which of Lincolnshire’s walks leads across a lake boardwalk with scenic views and which of these dog-friendly attractions boasts its own dog-friendly eatery complete with a menu for hungry mutts!

Dog-friendly Lincolnshire

When you’ve finished planning yourself an exciting pet-friendly holiday to Lincolnshire, take a look at our top dog retreats – we’ve included one with a hot tub as a true treat for humans, an escape set right at the edge of the exquisite Wolds that is ideal for long dog walks, and an elegant coastal cottage welcoming four paws by the sea.

If you can’t wait to roam this fantastic region, begin browsing our dog-friendly cottages in Lincolnshire today and uncover the ideal getaway for you and your best friend.

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The best W-A-L-K-I-E-S in Lincolnshire

Wind your way through the exquisite countryside or hike along the coast, passing through lively seaside resorts on your way, to take in as much of this wonderful region as you can. Whether strolling on two feet or four, you and your canine companion will love the fantastic far-reaching vistas and charming country villages waiting to be discovered.

The seemingly endless, flat landscape offers up huge horizons and impressive sunsets, so why not treat yourself and your playful pup to an evening stroll when you can make the most of this big sky destination?

Pick out the dog walking route of your choice below and begin your Lincolnshire adventure with Fido, and check out our blog about dog walks in Lincolnshire for more inspiration.

Best Wolds walk: Binbrook and Stainton Le Vale Circular Walk

Binbrook dog walk

When planning to go walking in Lincolnshire, you must begin with a ramble through the beautiful Lincolnshire Wolds, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with wonderful scenery and wildlife to interest both you and your four-legged friend.

This route will lead you on a serene 5.5-mile walk across valleys and hills, with some steep slopes to negotiate, passing historical sites along the way.

Best country park ramble: Whisby Nature Park & Natural World Centre

Whisby nature park walk

At this beautiful nature park, you’ll discover the glistening Thorpe Lake, ideal for a peaceful lakeside stroll on four legs or just the two. Enjoy the scenery and let your hound meet other friendly pups in this popular dog-walking spot, before taking Fido for a fresh drink of water from the bowl by the café.

Dogs on leads and their pup parents are welcome on the Boardwalk which overlooks Thorpe Lake, while Thorpe Café is a dog-friendly place to stop for a bite to eat and drink when you’re ready to put your paws up.

Best seaside stroll: Gibraltar Point

Gibraltar Point dog walk

If you’re ready for fresh sea air and salt in your fur, take a dog walk to the epic Gibraltar Point to make the most of this unforgettable coastline.

Stretching between Skegness and The Wash, this unspoilt nature reserve boasts impressive views and an abundance of wildlife – visit on a warm day to enjoy a picnic in this beautiful setting or explore during winter for solitude and beauty with the dog by your side every step of the way.

The visitor centre can point out the walking routes and trails for you to choose from and an on-site café ensure you can fill everyone’s tummies when you’re done.

Ulti-mutt dog-friendly beaches in Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire has an excellent coastline, with that wide flat open landscape echoed in the beaches which offer miles of glorious sand for paws to race across.

Stroll along the coastline with you hound or let your dog run, splash and dig his way across the sandy shorelines, he may even meet a few canine companions of his own on these dog-friendly beaches.

Skegness beach – why it will set tails wagging

Skegness dog-friendly beaches

This famous seaside town is just the place to head to if you’re searching for a holiday hotspot that’s by the sea and welcomes dogs!

The busiest part of the beach is closed to dogs during the summer months, but there’s still plenty of sand for playful pups to race about on.

Mablethorpe Beach – why it will set tails wagging

Mablethorpe Beach

Less well-known than Skegness yet still a popular holiday resort, Mablethorpe is a characterful seaside town where you can explore dog-friendly cafes and leave paw prints on the sand of this pet-friendly beach.

Like Skegness, part of the beach doesn’t allow dogs during the summer; however, don’t let that put you off as dogs can still visit part of this beach to go paddling in the lapping waves.

Ingoldmells South – why it will set tails wagging

Ingoldmells South dog-friendly beach

Far more secluded and quieter than our first two recommendations, this beautiful sandy beach is ideal if you and Fido just want to get away from it all.

Inglethorpe beach is dog-friendly all year round so no matter when you go, your canine companion can explore every inch of this shoreline to his heart’s content.

Sniff out the best attractions in Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire has great family-friendly attractions and quiet natural spaces for you and your canine companions to explore. Visit some of the dog-friendly gardens, museums or parks that welcome four-legged friends with open paws.

Whether heading out with the whole pack or just one man and his dog, there is lots to do in Lincolnshire with Fido joining you.

If your dog loves exploring… Belton House


Take in the exquisite parkland of Belton House which include a deer park and ancient woodland - dogs should be on leads when the deer are around and when visiting the courtyard areas. The beautiful scenery and natural spaces offer a wonderful chance for your doggo to sniff out nature trails and splash through streams.

When you’ve finished exploring, head into The Pup & Saucer which is the dog-friendly indoor section of The Stables Café. You’ll find a doggy menu and a tennis ball vending machine – not to mention plenty of outdoor seating so you can sit out in the sunshine on warmer days.

If your dog loves meeting others… Radcliffe Donkey Sanctuary

Radcliffe Donkey Sanctuary

Take your playful pup along to see the majestic old beasts that reside at Radcliffe Donkey Sanctuary. There are always plenty of friendly donkeys to meet and the occasional rescue pony will join the herd too.

Canine companions are welcome on leads and it is free admission. You can buy food and drink while there and, as a special extra, they sell feed that you can feed to the donkeys.

If your dog loves peace and quiet… International Bomber Command Centre

International Bomber Command Centre

This is a centre that serves as a point for recognition, remembrance and reconciliation for Bomber Command during WWII and is a beautiful facility to visit. Whether you remember the war or have grown up hearing about it, this is an interesting and touching place to discover.

Canine companions are welcome in the gardens and memorial area which are free to all - see the Spire, the Peace Gardens and Walls of Names during your time here. Dogs cannot enter the exhibition area.

Dog-friendly places to eat Lincolnshire

If you want to take your best pal out to dine, it can take some planning ahead - so we’ve put together a quick go-to of a few top dog places to eat in Lincolnshire.

There are some great dog-friendly pubs, cafes and restaurants throughout the county so let your dog lead the way to some tasty grub – after all, he’s got the nose for it! Enjoy a quick bite to eat or a relaxed evening’s dining with your four-legged friend by your side.

Best for breakfast: Waggy Tail: Dog Brasserie in Cleethorpes

Petit Brasserie

How about breakfast at a café specifically for dogs? Waggy Tail is just that!

Having been opened by the human-serving restaurant Petit Delight to accommodate their doggy clientele, Waggy Tail offers a top dog menu for pups which including tasty ‘pupcakes’ and a luxurious dog platter with plenty for your dog to get his teeth into.

Pet-friendly pubs: Railway Tavern in Aby

Railway Tavern

A wonderful classic country pub, this dog-friendly place to eat has old wooden beams, a fantastic outdoor area with picnic tables for summer and a roaring fire inside during winter - it’s a great place to grab a meal after a short walk through the local village, no matter the time of year.

The traditional menu includes steak, gammon and brie crumble. Your hound can sleep under the table in this warm and welcoming dog-friendly pub and await any leftovers coming her way.

Top seaside chippy: The Boating Lake Café in Skegness

The Boating Lake Cafe

Right by Skegness’ famous beach, opposite the lifeboat station, you’ll find this excellent seaside café.

You and your canine companion can go for a walk along the seafront before popping inside for food that will make you nostalgic for childhood holidays. Besides the fish and chip offerings, you’ll also find sugary doughnuts, ice cream and hot and cold drinks.

Paw through our fantastic dog-friendly cottages in Lincolnshire  

We love dogs and our properties welcome all kinds of pups! No matter what doggo you are travelling with, we’re sure you’ll find the ideal country cottage or seaside escape to suit you and your best pal.

We even have properties for multiple dogs so you can bring the whole pack if you wish. Don’t leave a single family member behind, start browsing through our holiday cottages in Lincolnshire and pick out a fantastic dog-friendly retreat.

Best pamper property for you and your pup

Hawthorn Escape, Lincoln | sleeps 2 dogs and 2 humans

Hawthorn Escape

Hawthorn Escape welcomes two faithful hounds and their two human companions for a romantic retreat set in the peaceful rural village of Heapham, just 15 miles from the city of Lincoln.

Escape to this rural sanctuary where doggos can race about in the enclosed garden while pup parents relax in the bubbling hot tub. Inside, this property is wonderfully quirky with colourful décor, a sumptuous bedroom and stylish bathroom – there’s even a dog bed in the lounge so Fido can put his paws up as soon as you arrive!

Best rural retreat for country dog walks

The Stables In The Wolds, Alford | sleeps 2 dogs and 6 humans

The Stables in the Wolds

Set right on the edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, yet just a 7-mile drive from the coast, The Stables In The Wolds is perfectly placed for a pet-friendly holiday to Lincolnshire.

Take the doggo out for long walks across the expansive Wolds, take in scenic natural beauty and keep an eye out for local wildlife, before darting over to the coast for a spot of lunch by the sea. Stylish lighting, bright furnishings and warming wood burners ensure you’ll enjoy a cosy getaway.

Best coastal cottage

Bede Cottage, Ingoldmells | sleeps 1 dog and 6 humans

Bede Cottage

Find this beautiful escape down in the seaside village of Ingoldmells - with a wonderfully dog-friendly beach where you and the pup can get sandy paws all year round! Skegness is just down the road as well at 4 miles, if you and your canine companion fancy a jaunt down to the famed seaside town.

Bede Cottage offers a relaxing, peaceful place to stay in Lincolnshire with beautiful décor including exquisite bed heads and a well-thought-out kitchen design. Effortless style permeates the entire holiday cottage and you and your doggo will soon get that holiday feeling when you step paw in this pretty coastal escape.

Playful pups enjoy UK breaks just as much as their humans and with the scenic Wolds to explore, a coastline bursting with dog-friendly beaches and plenty of pubs boasting delicious dinners, Lincolnshire is a top dog destination for you and your canine companion. 

Sniff out a fantastic pet-friendly holiday cottage in Lincolnshire by browsing through our collection and start planning your next trip today. 

Lincolnshire dog-friendly cottages

Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.

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