Route YC will get tails wagging this winter

If you’re anything like Dan Cartwright, you’ll agree the best way to ‘winterise’ your leisure vehicle is to keep using it throughout the colder months. To keep your engines running, how about a trip to Yorkshire?

Route YC is made up of six itineraries, based around different destinations, all designed to help you make the most of the best coast and countryside Yorkshire has to offer – perfect for your next touring adventure.

This winter, Route YC is encouraging visitors to take a walk on the wild side with their four-legged friends by visiting the northeast coastline. Although the water might be too cold for some, wild swimmers and doggy paddlers (not necessarily canine) are spoilt for choice, with picturesque beaches including Cayton, Flamborough, Fraisthorpe, Hayburn Wyke and Robin Hood’s Bay, just to name a few.

There’s also a plethora of trails, woodlands and dog-friendly accommodation to enjoy throughout Route YC. It’s really not one to be missed, so if you’re planning to tour the area this winter, here are some of the spots you should be checking out with your pup.

Bike & Boot, Scarborough

A modern hotel situated on the seafront, Bike & Boot boasts a hybrid bar-restaurant-cafe with on-site facilities for dogs, walkers, cyclists and surfers. Pups are always made to feel welcome with dog treats and a ‘groom room’, where you can rinse sandy paws.

Purple Pup, Scarborough

If you find yourself in Eastborough with your dog, don’t miss Purple Pup. This quaint little shop sells natural dog treats and other gifts. Every pooch that enters is treated like royalty, so it’s the perfect place to take your canine companion if they’ve been particularly good.

North Yorkshire Waterpark, Wykeham

With some fantastic on-site walking trails, North Yorkshire Waterpark is a great place to take your pup for a day out. The facility has dog treats and water stations throughout to keep your dog happy and hydrated, while if you choose to return in the summer, you’ll find its Doggy Paddle Zone, where pooches can exercise in style, or simply enjoy a dip to cool down.

The Hideout, Scarborough

A lovely neighbourhood hangout by North Beach, the menu features doggy popcorn and crisps, alongside peanut butter and jelly or duck and parsley biscuit bites, all washed down with a dog-friendly beer. Humans can expect burgers, pizzas and slow-cooked meats.

Ship Inn, Sewerby

For more traditional pub grub, including locally caught fish and chips, homemade pies or a mouthwatering roast, head to the Ship Inn in Sewerby. Dogs are more than welcome at the establishment, with water bowls provided and treats available behind the bar.

The Bay Hotel, Robin Hood’s Bay

In the heart of Robin Hood’s Bay, pups are welcome 365 days a year at The Bay Hotel, as long as they remain on leads and off seats. This is a great destination to end a long coastal walk, with some gorgeous panoramic views across the bay.

Captain Cook Inn, Staithes

Located at the top of the beautiful village of Staithes, situated on the Cleveland Way and just ten minutes from Whitby, Captain Cook is the perfect pub to relax with your pooch with a pint of Northern Navigator, brewed by the local North Yorkshire Brewery.

Hayburn Wyke Inn

This dog-friendly, 18th-century traditional English Coaching Inn sits on a ten-acre ground. With a bountiful selection of hand-pulled Yorkshire Real Ales, sweet ciders and hearty homemade meals, this is one not to miss. Additionally, there’s a fantastic walk nearby that leads along a disused railway line to a secluded cove.

Marisco Lounge, Scarborough

For a long, lazy breakfast, brunch and lunch setting, head to Marisco Lounge. Tables here are set quite far apart to accommodate larger dogs, who can take it easy and unwind on-site. This is a chilled neighbourhood cafe and bar, with lots of outdoor seating and views across the harbour.

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