Tucked away in the heart of the Welsh Marches between Ludlow and Llandrindod Wells, Knighton is one of Wales' best kept dog-friendly secrets. Nestled in the valleys between forest-shrouded hillsides, this town is well and truly set on the beautifully unspoilt Welsh-English border.
Knighton has maintained its distinctive character and is all the better for it, with some fabulous buildings and very few of the usual high street chains. There are some great dog-friendly pubs which you can find on Driving with Dogs as well as the Tower House Gallery, a smashing little shop which sells delicious cakes and coffee. There's absolutely tons of great places to walk in the area and it's so quiet that you may not meet another person (unless it's another dog owner). We really enjoyed the walks from the Offa's Dyke Centre, particularly the riverside section where Jem was thrilled to be able to use the doggie beaches for a swim.
If you're looking for a place to relax and enjoy a slower pace of life, Knighton and the surrounding area are exactly where you need to be. This is a place to calm down and escape the stress of everyday life, much to the delight of your dog. If you're planning on spending some time, there are plenty of dog-friendly cottages in the area from holidaycottages.co.uk and Rural Retreats.
Knighton is a truly attractive town and is so dog-friendly that it almost defies belief. Look out for the doggietastic bone-shaped signs around the town with free poo bag dispensers.