Two Dogs on a Bench

Dog-friendly Bungay

There’s a good range of dog-friendly accommodation in and around Bungay, from hotels to cosy campsites and everything in between. The town probably makes dogs and their owners more welcome than anywhere in England- so there is no need for a trip to the kennels before you leave for your holiday. With great walks, many dog friendly beaches and plenty of cafés & restaurants where dogs are welcome, don’t even consider leaving your dog behind!

Bungay, it’s near neighbour market towns of Harleston, Beccles, Halesworth and the countryside surrounding them are great places to explore with your dog and there are plenty of walks of varying length to suit all tastes. Many of the walks in the Waveney Valley showcase the fine architecture and untouched countryside of the area.

One of our favourite walks is from the outskirts of Bungay across the fields to St Peter’s Brewery (the Brewery is at St Peter’s Hall – a 16th Century moated house built with materials pilfered from a local nunnery by Cardinal Wolsey) and back to Bungay by a different route. June is a particularly good month to do the walk as it goes past a large meadow which is awash with wildflowers including several species of orchids. Although the walk is quite long at around 7 miles, you can fortify yourself with a glass of St Peter’s beer in the garden attached to the Hall and of course a bowl of water for your dog.

In fact, thinking about it, most of the walks in the Waveney are circular and have a pub conveniently placed around the half way mark! Perhaps no co-incidence bearing in mind the many micro-breweries the area boasts.

Talking of pubs, there are lots of dog friendly pubs in the area and accommodation owners should be able to point you in the direction of the best.

Bungay also boasts Earsham Street Café a delightful dog friendly café / restaurant-housed in a medieval building – you can enjoy a freshly baked scone and a cup of coffee in the covered garden area, which once saw service as a cock fighting pit! Unless they have had a run of four legged customers, the staff usually find dogs a treat – so as you can imagine it is a popular place with the dogs as well.

And why not time your visit to coincide with one of the All About Dogs Shows. Organised by dog lovers for dog lovers, All About Dogs  is a series of dog shows held across the UK that are sure to get your canine friends tail wagging. There are all sorts of activities and attractions for you and your dog to get involved in, including fun dog shows, have a go activities such as flyball, agility and gundog displays, experts handing out advice and a range of trade stalls. This year the events will be held at the Royal Norfolk Showground, Norwich on 25th & 26th August and at Trinity Park, Ipswich, Suffolk on 28th & 29th September.

Also don’t miss the Suffolk Walking Festival from 19th May – 10th June. This is a programme of some 120 guided walks around the towns, villages and countryside in Suffolk. Dogs are welcome on many of them and a brochure and booking details can be downloaded from the Suffolk Walking website.

The coast is close enough to Bungay to make a visit to the seaside a must. Some beaches have seasonal restrictions in the summer, but don’t worry, you’ll always find an unspoilt stretch where you and your dog can enjoy a good walk with plenty of room to run and play.