There’s no need to leave your four-legged friend behind when you venture out this summer, give them a treat and take them out for a day of adventure, all starting with a train journey!
Did you know you can take dogs, cats and other small animals with you free of charge on West Midlands Railway? Each travelling passenger can take up to two pets as long as they do not endanger or inconvenience other passengers or staff. Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times unless they are contained in a basket, but that’s the only rule so where will you go?
West Midlands Railway have come up with some great places to visit and serving well over 100 stations in the network, ranging from Shrewsbury, Rugeley and Lichfield to the north and Hereford and Stratford upon Avon to the south, you’re spoiled for choice on where to plan your next day-trip with your pooch.
At the heart of the West Midlands Railway network is Birmingham. With three stations in the city centre it is easy to reach from all directions. Take a stroll around one of the city’s many waterways
or Cannon Hill Park has an abundance of well-maintained walkways and trails that are perfect for your dog. With all the walking you’re sure to build up an appetite so there are several dog-friendly restaurants including The Head of Steam pub that, along with a varied food menu, boasts 20 keg lines with a selection of rotating craft beers and 10 cask ale lines including beers and real cider – and no need to worry if you fancy trying a few as the train is taking you home!
If the hustle and bustle of the big city is too much for you or your pet then why not visit the smaller city of Lichfield. Trains from Birmingham New Street to Lichfield City take only 36 minutes and single tickets cost only £5.70. Start your trip with a mooch around the ancient remains of a Roman settlement at English Heritage’s Wall Roman Site. With a number of information boards you’re sure to learn some interesting facts and your pooch will enjoy being able to explore somewhere new with their family. If you fancy a bit of retail therapy head to Curborough Farm, a small countryside shopping centre with a range of unique shops for all the family. The pet shop on site will certainly have your pooch drooling will all their yummy food and treats!
If you’re looking to spend the entire day away from home, then pick a route and hop on and off the train. With cheapest tickets from just £9.00 one way and a travel time of just 45 minutes, why not travel from Birmingham New Street to Worcester.
Once there, the National Trust’s Croome Park is a great place to walk. There are miles of different routes to discover temples, follies and also a beautiful lakeside. Then maybe have a spot of lunch at The Farriers Arms before jumping on a train for just one stop to Malvern.
In Malvern there are lots of lovely walks and then head to Mac and Jac’s Cafe for a coffee and cake. Nestled at the foot of the beautiful Malvern hills, two minutes’ walk from the theatre & shops, Mac and Jac’s is definitely not to be missed.
From Malvern continue your journey to the stunning city of Hereford. Have a quick stroll and take in the breathtaking views of one of the UK’s most famous cathedrals. Dogs are not allowed in the cathedral itself, but they are welcome in the close and in the Chapter House Garden where water bowls are provided. From here head to the Butter Market, a thriving indoor market with over 30 individual stalls offering something a little different. The cafe inside also welcomes dogs with open arms.
We’ve highlighted only a few destinations on the West Midlands Railway map, visit their website to find popular routes or plan your own journey and explore all the great places and excellent pet-friendly haunts the Midlands has to offer!
For more information about the West Midlands Railway, please visit here or you can download a network map here.
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