Pet friendly holiday Norfolk

A Dog’s (Holiday) Life at Boundary Stables in Norfolk

It’s a dog’s life at Boundary Stables, in the heart of rural Norfolk. Enclosed courtyards and a well-kept meadow provide a safe environment where your dogs can let off steam, and the surrounding countryside is rich in opportunities for exercise and exploration.

Dog running on beach in Norfolk

If you want to take your dogs on holiday with you, Norfolk is the place to come. A large proportion of Norfolk residents are dog owners, and there is a general acceptance of dogs everywhere. Many pubs and cafes welcome dogs, so if you’re out for the day with the four-legged members of your family, it won’t be hard to find somewhere to stop and eat.

Two pocket-sized books by Suzy Watson are very handy to have with you when you’re out and about in Norfolk with your dogs. Dog Walks Around the Norfolk Coast contains details of 16 dog-friendly circular walks on the Norfolk coast, each with clear instructions on following the route, a hand-drawn map of the route, and a postcode for parking. Norfolk Beaches Handbook is a useful guide to Norfolk beaches, including information about where and when dogs are permitted on the beaches.

Happisburgh, Norfolk

Boundary Stables is just a few minutes’ walk from Happisburgh beach – a haven for dog owners, with no restricted access for dogs. You will find that, at all times of the year, this wide sandy beach is sparsely populated, providing a sense of peace and freedom rarely experienced in our busy, hectic lives. On the clifftop stands the only independently operated lighthouse in Britain. It was constructed in 1790 after a severe winter storm the year before, in which 70 sailing ships were wrecked and 600 men died.

Granted a Royal Charter by Henry VIII in 1514, Trinity House is a charity dedicated to the safety of shipping and the well-being of seafarers. When Trinity House declared Happisburgh Lighthouse redundant in 1989, local residents and businesses fought to conserve it as a working lighthouse. Under the Merchant Shipping Act 1894, Trinity House can dispose of a working lighthouse only to an Established Lighthouse Authority. And so the newly formed Friends of Happisburgh Lighthouse became The Happisburgh Lighthouse Trust through a Private Bill passed in parliament.

Your dogs may be unmoved by the history of Happisburgh Lighthouse, but while you admire this red-and-white beacon of maritime well-being, the dogs can run wild on the empty beach.

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