Why Windmill Lodges is Just the Place for Dog-Walkers this Autumn

If you are looking for somewhere to recharge your batteries, and give your dog some exercise too, why not come to Windmill Lodges in the heart of East Anglia this autumn? We now have two pet-friendly log cabins alongside our other four and five-star log cabins.

There are plenty of places nearby where you and your canine companion can stretch your legs, as well as some local events where dogs will be more than welcome.

Paws with a Cause

This is taking place on Sunday, September 30 at Glemham Hall, near Woodbridge, around eight miles south east of Windmill Lodges’ Saxtead base. The hall’s spectacular gardens are not normally open to the public, but you and your dog will be more than welcome to walk round them on this special occasion. You can be sponsored to complete a one, three or five-mile route.

Food and refreshments will be available, and the Paws of Parham dog agility club will be putting on a series of displays. The whole event is in aid of the East Anglian Air Ambulance charity. You can either register in advance or simply turn up on the day. There is a £12 charge for a hall tour, but children under 12 go free.

Charity Dog Walk and Breakfast

If you want to give your dog some exercise for a good cause, you could also coincide your visit with the Charity Dog Walk and Breakfast on Saturday, September 22.  This starts at nearby Brandeston, which is around five miles from Windmill Lodges. The walk follows a circular 4.5mile route through the village and neighbouring Kettleburgh.

Breakfast and refreshments are included in the £10 admission charge for the event, which has been organised by the Hearing Care Centre in aid of Hearing Dogs for Deaf People. You are advised to book in advance on the Hearing Care Centre’s website.

Enjoying the Beaches

Autumn can be the best time for dog walkers to visit Suffolk because beach restrictions may be in place during the summer months. For instance, the main beaches at Aldeburgh and Southwold do not allow pets until after 30 September.

However, many of the county’s beaches are classified as dog-friendly all the year round, such as Covehithe and Southwold Denes, just to the north and south of Southwold. Walberswick and Dunwich beaches also do not have any restrictions.

The Suffolk Coast and Heaths AONB, which stretches from Kessingland in the north to Shotley in the south, is also right on our doorstep and is the perfect place for you and your dog to take some exercise. You are advised not to let your pet roam unsupervised or to disturb other wildlife, and make sure it is well trained.

Windmill Lodges’ Pet Friendly Log Cabins

Remember that you and your dog are welcome at Windmill Lodges, as we now have two pet-friendly log cabins in our East Anglian base – the Woodpecker and Wagtail lodges. These dog-friendly lodges both sleep four people, plus your pet. We also provide a basic lead and two average-sized dog bowls in both cabins. Both lodges have their own private hot tubs, fully equipped kitchens, en suite shower rooms, TVs and free wifi, plus coal-effect fires.

You don’t have to have a dog to enjoy a stay at Windmill Lodges – our four and five-star log cabins are ideal for short breaks, family holidays or romantic getaways. Follow this link to check on our latest availability.