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Treat Your Dog to a Holiday in The Vale of Glamorgan

Let me introduce myself. I’m Pia, an Italian Spinone who has just turned six. I live at Sheepleys Bed and Breakfast in the Vale of Glamorgan with another young, uncouth yob of a Spinone called Pronto (who unfortunately happens to be my son!). Also part of the family is Faith, a rescue Pointer X all the way from Cyprus…. Oh yes, and we have two humans, Wendy & Roger, living with us!!


Pia, the Italian Spinone, one of the resident dogs at Sheepleys B&B – posing at Hensol Forest

The resident dogs at dog friendly Sheepleys B&B

Pia, Faith & Pronto, Wendy and Roger’s dogs










I can highly recommend this area to my canine pals – there are so many varied places to explore!

First of all is the Heritage Coast which is now part of the Wales Coast Path (

Sand dunes at The Warren Merthyr Mawr Glamorgan Towns & Villages

Sand dunes at The Warren, Merthyr Mawr Nature Reserve

My favourite place there for a good run is Merthyr Mawr Warren – a National Nature Reserve comprising a vast expanse of sand dunes (the highest in Wales, and second highest in Europe) with varied terrain, and many assorted tracks that eventually lead to a huge, almost deserted beach. This walk can be as long or short as you wish.

Southerndown Beach is a beautiful, sheltered, sandy beach with a lovely walk up to Dunraven Castle and its gardens, but unfortunately during the summer months (April to September), dogs are not permitted on the beach.

Nearby, for a large expanse of sand and safe swimming, Ogmore–by–Sea is a great place to visit. It’s a very popular beach where dogs are welcome all year round.


The cliff top at Cwm Colhugh Beach, near Llantwit Major, Vale of Glamorgan

At Llantwit Major there is a choice of the beach, a walk through the meadows beside the river, or a steep climb up the cliffs and a walk along the top with magnificent views.

Rest Bay at Porthcawl is a little further along the coast and is famous for its surfing, but there is also a lovely walk along a purpose made path by the Golf Course and access to another large sandy beach.

Secondly, if you fancy a Country Park, we can boast two in the Vale. Porthkerry Park, near Barry (of “Gavin & Stacey” fame!), has extensive woodland to explore, plus vast green areas which lead down to a pebbly beach. Cosmeston Lakes Country Park is situated near Penarth and has over 100 hectares of lakes, reed beds, woodland and meadows. Set within the park is Cosmeston Medieval Village.


Pia and friends at Hensol Forest

For a pretty woodland walk, why not try Hensol Forest, near Cowbridge, where you can wander along the well maintained tracks, or veer off into the trees and, like Pronto, follow all sorts of wonderful scents!

Apart from the magnificent coastline and picturesque countryside, the quaint market town of Cowbridge is well worth a visit for all you townie dogs, and don’t forget the Vale is right on the doorstep of Cardiff, so within 30 minutes you can be enjoying the buzz of this modern vibrant city –

You won’t go hungry in the Vale either – there are  numerous lovely dog friendly pubs serving home-made food  (The Plough and Harrow at Monknash, Red Fox at Penllyn and Fox and Hounds at Llancarfan are firm favourites), and, for your human companions, there are superb restaurants to be found in Cowbridge, Llantwit Major and  Penarth.

…….And of course, at the end of a tiring day, there are wonderful B&B’s like Sheepleys to unwind and relax in!

dogs and horses welcome

Wendy and her horse Obi, ready to welcome you to Sheepleys

March 25, 2014 This post was written by Categories: Places to visit Tagged with:
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