Area Guide East of England
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East of England

Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire.

This area is mostly low-lying and is one of the driest parts of the UK, with a low average rainfall. Here you’ll find The Fens, famed for their flat, arable landscape and vast skies, and the Norfolk Broads, a unique landscape of shallow lakes and rivers, offering opportunities for dog friendly boating trips and sailing holidays.

From Norfolk at the north to Essex in the south, the coastline boasts dramatic seascapes, pebble or sandy beaches, with pretty villages and seaside towns including Sherringham and Southwold, and includes a number of nature reserves. You can take dog walks along sectons of Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path which feature a Roman road, river valleys, low cliffs and long sandy beaches. Other long distance routes perfect for 'walkies' of any length are the Angles Way and Icknield Way.

Epping Forest in Essex and Thetford Forest in Suffolk offer dog walking opportunities, and Winnie the Pooh fans (and their dogs!) can seek out his ‘100 Aker wood’ in Aldenham Country Park in Hertfordshire.

Top dog friendly and interesting places to visit are Newmarket, the home of horse racing, Flatford, the village immortalized by artist John Constable in The Haywain, and England’s best preserved medieval village, Lavenham. Sandringham, the Queen’s home in North Norfolk, is one of a number of castles and stately homes to visit and where dogs are welcome.


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