Tips for UK Staycation Camping With Dogs

During lockdown, and even after lockdown had lifted, people are choosing to go on UK staycation camping more than ever.

Not only can they be cheaper, but there are a lot of beautiful places to visit in England, such as the Lake District, Peak District, the Eden Project, the New Forest, and our own South Downs National Park!

If you have decided to go on a UK staycation camping trip and discover the great outdoors and would like to take your beloved four-legged friend with you, then read our tips below on how to make it the safest and most comfortable trip for everyone involved.

A couple walking their two dogs at sumners ponds

Let Your Accommodation Know

Firstly, before you book, make sure it’s a dog-friendly campsite. 

Secondly, once you have booked, let them know how many dogs you will be bringing with you, and ask if there are any special requirements that need to be met whilst the dog is staying there with you.

Sumners Ponds allows well-behaved dogs onto the campsite but should remain on a lead at all times. 

Pack For Your Dog

Bring enough food for your dog (and a little extra just in case). Collapsible food and water bowls are perfect for trips, as they won’t take up as much space as your normal bowl.

A little tip if you feed your pooch dry food, why not portion their meals already and store them in sandwich bags before you go – no fuss or mess!

Always make sure you bring something your dog can drink out of, especially if you like to go for long walks.

Two dogs look at owner who has treats in their hand

Practice Makes Perfect

If this is the first time your dog is coming along with you in the car, it may be a good idea to do some short trips beforehand to get them used to being in a car.

It can also give you an idea of what they’re like – anxious, motion sick, noisy etc. which means you can research how to combat it before your trip.

Comfort Is Key

You may have been on many UK staycation camping trips, but if this is the first time for your dog, they may be a little unsettled.

It’s always a good idea to bring things they know, such as their favourite blanket and toy, and some treats to reassure them that they’re doing really well.

If you have the space, think about bringing their favourite bed too. Just like us, they’ll want a comfy place to rest up for the night!

Older dog looking comfy in a camping chair

Be Considerate

Not everyone likes dogs, or potentially the campsite has had inconsiderate pet owners stay with them beforehand.

Make sure to pick up after them, keep them on leads, respect other people and their space, and keep noise to a minimum.

Sumners Ponds

At Sumners Ponds, we allow dogs on our campsite, however, they must be on a lead at all times.

We have a 3-acre fenced-off piece of land called The Dog Meadow, where you can book a slot to enjoy a solo dog walk. 

We also have the beautiful Sussex countryside surrounding the campsite, in which you can take your pooch for a walk.

To book your staycation with us, simply visit our website.

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Disabled Friendly

Sumners Ponds is a accessible fishery for those with a disability. The best lakes to fish are either Farm Pond or Betty’s Lake.

Farm Pond has a purpose built accessible platform with a ramp from the ajoining car park. This spaceous decked area has three large swims which are all disabled priority. The car park for this lake is directly next to the closest fishing swims so there is not far to travel with your equipment.

Betty’s Lake has two disabled parking areas which are very close to the nearest wood-chipped swims.