Walkies!... My Isle of Wight Guide to Dog Friendly Pub Walks
Britain is a nation of dog lovers, with 7.3 million pet dogs across the UK, being firmly considered as part of the family. So we thought we'd pull together a guide on some great walks on the Isle of Wight - ending at pubs that love dogs as much as you do!
Here are some great dog friendly places to walk to for a pint and a sandwich...
The walk: A meander down past St. Catherine’s lighthouse to Rocken End beach, and then back along the path that hugs the coast, with a steep climb back up to the top, is sure to whet your appetite. Or you might opt to clamber down through the landslip to Blackgang beach from the old Blackgang road that abruptly stops at the place where the landslide of 1928 broke it in two.
Either way you’ll be pleased to hear that the Buddle Inn at Niton will welcome you and your dog, either in the garden or inside the pub, and have water containers for your thirsty pooch. A short drive to Ventnor will find you two more dog-friendly pubs: the Spyglass on the seafront and the Bonchurch Inn.
The walk: Shanklin Beach towards Luccombe is a refreshing walk when the tide is low, with the ominous dark cliffs above you and interesting finds on the beach, and on your return you can take your dog into the Fisherman’s Cottage, or sit outside in the small walled garden.
The walk: Meander through Brighstone Forest, then wander to the Longstone or take a brisk walk on Brook beach and you could repair to the Sun Inn at Hulverstone with your dog in tow. Lovely views here across the fields to the sea and a roaring fire in the front bar when the weather gets colder. Or you could try the Crown Inn at Shorwell, which has a pretty garden with trout swimming in the stream.
The walk: Fantastic views are afforded from the top of Culver Cliff at the eastern end of the Island, and sunset from this vantage point is often spectacular. You can see all the way from the south of the Island to Selsey Bill, and to the north you can see across the rolling fields of the Island to Portsmouth’s spinnaker tower.
Culver Haven opposite the old coastguard cottages at the top of Culver Cliff has an extensive menu and is very dog friendly, both inside the pub and in the small garden at the back. Down by the water’s edge at Bembridge Ledge the Crab and Lobster welcome dogs as does the Pilot Boat on Bembridge Harbour.
The walk: There’s a great flat walk from Yarmouth to Freshwater along the former railway track with a pub at each end! Start at the Bugle Coaching Inn in The Square in Yarmouth and head up the track to the Red Lion in Freshwater, just across the Causeway that crosses the river about halfway along - both welcome dogs. Or a pit stop at Off the Rails at the Yarmouth end of the old railway track is a must - they even have a special doggy menu and dog ice cream!
The walk: Another waterside walk is that from the Folly Inn to Island Harbour and back, where you and your dog will have a warm welcome at the Folly on your return. Gurnard has a lovely walk along the coastal path towards Thorness with wonderful views across the Solent and just a short drive away is the Traveller’s Joy - also a joy for dog owners.
2 September 2018