In the Vale, we go out of our way to welcome your four-legged friends, and believe we have some of the very best dog-friendly beaches, attractions and accommodation. Make the most of your staycation and bring your pooch with you!
Our Paws in the Vale scheme promotes those places which offer something extra special for your dog – so you’ll have a great day out, too. Notice the Paws in the Vale logo on our accommodation listings and in the windows of cafes, restaurants and pubs. Expect a very warm welcome, dog bowls with fresh water and local recommendations about where to go exploring with your dog.
Stretch your legs with a walk along one of our nine beaches where dogs are welcome all year round. Jackson’s Bay (the quieter of two beaches at Barry Island) is a gorgeous sandy bay - perfect for family days out. For rock pools and dramatic scenery, Nash Point can’t be beaten, and while you’re there take a stroll along the Wales Coast Path past the clifftop lighthouse.
From October to April, you and your dog can explore another five beaches. Dunraven Bay (also known as Southerndown) is a particular pleasure for autumn beach walks, with the walled Dunraven Gardens and other delights of the Glamorgan Heritage Coast nearby. Romantic winter walks along the esplanade in Penarth have the added benefit of cafés where you (and your four-legged friend) can warm up with a hot drink.
For a longer jaunt, follow our 5-mile linear Coast and Pier Walk (Vale Trail 5). It has no stiles or livestock, numerous dog litter bins, and a dog-friendly, refreshment stop at The Captain’s Wife.
Alternatively, head inland for a day’s exploring on our 5-mile circular Salmon Leaps Walk (Vale Trail 6). It starts in Dinas Powys, where you’ll find a traditional village square with pubs and independent shops, before heading out into the countryside towards Cwm George Iron Age hill fort. The route is dog-friendly, but be prepared for some livestock, a few stiles, and short sections on quiet roads.
If different members of your family don’t want to do the same thing, spend the day in one of our country parks. At Cosmeston Lakes Country Park, you can walk your dog around the lakes, while others visit the reconstructed medieval village or take the children to the brand new playground. At Porthkerry Country Park, there are woodland walks, a pebble beach to explore and a dip in the sea for cooling down, and plenty of green space for family games. Look out for the trains which pass over the Victorian viaduct near the café, and meet up at the picnic tables for a family lunch.
For more dog-friendly ideas, follow our Paws in the Vale Facebook page.
Remember to keep an eye out for the 'Paws in the Vale' stickers as you explore the Vale.