There's nothing better than being able to bring the whole family with you when you go travelling - four legged friends and all! It can be tough to find activities that are suitable for dogs, but luckily Colchester is the perfect base for several dog-friendly day trips.

One local spot that's perfect for dogs is the village of Chappel, a quaint and peaceful village with a bright and friendly community. Keep reading on for more information about getting to Chappel, where to eat and what to see while you're visiting with dogs!

Getting to Chappel with Dogs

The easiest way to get to Chappel is by car or train. As it is a small village, local parking can fill up quickly on sunny days, so be prepared to circle around or park a little further afield – which your pups will love!

If you’d prefer to take the train, this route is quite easy too, complete with pleasant natural sights along the way. You can travel on Greater Anglia trains with up to two dogs, free of charge, provided they do not occupy a seat (correct as of July 2024).

Start your journey at Colchester North Station and take the train to Marks Tey (approximately 5 minutes). From there, disembark but stay within the station as you’ll be switching platforms – feel free to ask a station employee for help if you’re struggling to find your way.

From Marks Tey, take the train to Chappel & Wakes Colne, which should take approximately 6 minutes. In total, with changes, the journey should take less than half an hour.

Chappel Viaduct surrounded by trees and blue skiesChappel Viaduct is a feat of Victorian engineering, surrounded by beautiful green spaces.


Dog Friendly Things to Do in Chappel

As you disembark from the train, your adventure begins! About 10 minutes away from Chappel & Wakes Colne station is the Chappel Viaduct, a Victorian feat of engineering. At over 1000ft long, it’s hard to miss the viaduct – which is celebrating its 175th anniversary in 2024.

However you choose to travel to Chappel, you’ll surely enjoy the beautiful architecture this quaint village has to offer. Chappel is home to a stunning example of Victorian engineering, the Chappel Viaduct, and the village has plenty of beautiful green spaces to explore.

Once you arrive, you can either visit the Millenium Green spaces, walk along the River Colne paths or visit the East Anglian Railway Museum – which welcomes well-behaved dogs on leads at no additional cost.

The East Anglian Railway museum features a large collection of trains and locomotives to see, including some which are fully restored. They also run special events and themed days including steam daysdiesel daysdays out with Thomas and even the Chappel Beer Festival in September!

A brown roadsign points towards a Railway Museum. Behind it is a main road, some picturesque houses and a large brick viaduct.

The East Anglian Railway Museum is located right beside the Chappel and Wakes Colne Station, so it can't be missed!


Pup Friendly Places to Eat in Chappel

After the Museum, why not visit The Swan Inn, which boasts an amazing view of the Chappel Viaduct? This fan-favourite restaurant features an extensive cocktail menu, gluten free and dairy free options and – the best part – a dog friendly menu too! Complete with tasty dishes and even a dog-friendly beer, the whole family will be able to enjoy lunch in the beer garden and designated spaces within the pub. Alternatively, if the weather’s looking bright, you could bring a picnic and enjoy it in the grounds of the Viaduct.

Remember while you're exploring, be sure to adhere to local and venue rules to ensure the safety and comfort of others and clear up after your dog using the waste bins provided.

If you enjoyed this itinerary, Why not visit our other 'dog friendly day trip' blogs and our Dog Friendly Colchester page for more inspiration.