Day 1 - Morning & Lunch

Immerse yourself in an experience of bygone rural life and crafts

Fans of BBC’s The Repair Shop will already be familiar with the Weald & Downland Living Museum as the location for TV’s ace fixers to show their traditional skills. But there is so much more to this immersive experience of bygone rural life and crafts.

 

The Living Museum is comprised of more than 50 rural buildings, some dating back to medieval times, salvaged from around the UK and lovingly restored. Tucked into woodland landscape or clustered in intimate hamlets are, amongst other gems, a cruck-framed hall, Tudor farmhouse, 17th century watermill, and plethora of thatched cottages waiting for you to explore. Reconstructed interiors and period gardens offer a window back in time, while cookery demonstrations and crafts workshops provide inspiration for the present and help retain knowledge for the future.

 

Wander the 40 acre site at your leisure, or follow themed trails, but keep your dog on a short lead so as not to disturb the resident farm animals.

 

Enjoy lunch on the deck of the museum’s dog-friendly waterside cafe or pre-book a picnic hamper.

Day 1 - Afternoon

Explore the Deer Park at Petworth

The rolling grounds of Petworth House were laid out in the late 18th century by England’s most celebrated landscape architect, Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. The go-to designer of his day, he is renowned for popularising the naturalistic landscape – albeit one artificially constructed with serpentine lakes, carefully planted copses and studiously positioned classical temples.

Dogs are permitted in the deer park and pleasure gardens, but must be kept away from the deer, and on the lead during the fawn season (late May to August).

Unfortunately only assistance dogs are permitted inside the baroque manor house, though you will still be able to appreciate the seamless view of the west facade from across the lake – another picture-postcard setup engineered by Brown.

Opening times: The Deer park is open 8am-8pm in Summer, and till 6pm in Winter.

Great Places to Stay

Great Places to Rest your Head

Muddy Paws at The Welldiggers Arms, Low Heath, Petworth, GU28 0HG

This cosy country pub overlooking the Downs can be found on the edge of the pretty, and appropriately named, town of Petworth. The Welldiggers is as happy hosting cocktail tastings as shooting parties, and perfectly positioned for exploring the South Downs.

All rooms are dog-friendly (at £15 per dog) but you could go one better and opt for the special Muddy Paws package, which includes fizz, steak dinner and breakfast for two humans, plus a sausage and treats for the dog. They even serve a ‘doggy beer’.

Day 2 - Morning

Enjoy a run or cycle with your canine teammate

CaniCross

Cross country running or biking with your canine teammate is becoming a popular pastime for those who want to share their sport with their pet. Chichester Parkrun (Saturdays 9am, Oaklands Park) welcomes participants with one dog as long as they are kept under control on a short lead or harness. Alternatively hook up with the South Downs & Coastal Canicrossers to get some local tips and insight (https://www.facebook.com/groups/1433920916884732/).

For CaniSport equipment and canine supplies (including dog lifejackets and neoprene booties), pop in to Purple Paw in East Wittering, run by Dog Sport enthusiast Jenni of K9 Fitness.

 

Further details:

Chichester Park Run: Oaklands Park, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 6AP

https://www.parkrun.org.uk/chichester/

 

Purple Paw: 4 Oakfield Road, East Wittering, Chichester, PO20 8RP

Visit Website: https://k9fitness.dog/ / Call: 07786 011780

Day 2 - Brunch

A refuel with a view

Enjoy the view out over Chichester Harbour (an official Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) while tucking into a restorative all-day brunch of huevos rancheros or a full English at the Boat House Café. Plenty of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options are available, too, as well as a full lunch and dinner menu.

Day 2 - Afternoon

A walk on the beach

This part of the world is blessed with a stunning coastline so it would be a shame to leave without enjoying a brisk walk by the sea. However, the shore and harbour area also home to a rich array of wildlife, including many birds and seals, causing a large part of it to be classed Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). When walking with your dog it is therefore essential to check and respect the local bylaws, which vary for different locations and at different times of the year, and to ensure your dog is kept on a lead and away from wildlife.

 

Popular local beaches for dog walkers are Selsey, where you’ll also find a blue plaque heritage trail and Bracklesham Bay which is also a favourite for fossil hunters.

Great Places to eat with your pooch

Great dog-friendly places for food

There’s a whole range of dog-friendly eateries across our district

More Great places offering a warm welcome to your dog

Dog-friendly places to stay

Your dog will be warmly welcomed at these Great places to stay.

 

The following websites also list cottages, hotels and B&Bs in the area where dogs are welcome

https://www.caninecottages.co.uk/

https://www.petspyjamas.com/s/travel/dog-friendly-west-sussex

https://www.dogfriendlycottages.co.uk