Kendal – the gateway to The Lakes and dog friendly heaven

Kendal – the gateway to The Lakes in every sense. Visit Kendal to have the best of both worlds, a highly buzzing, vibrant town and just 15 minutes from the central Lake District including Lake Windermere.

All these factors make for a dog friendly holiday heaven and the town of Kendal is extremely welcoming to dogs. Walking through the town centre you’ll see locals and visitors with their dogs. And for dog walks then even though the Lake District National Park is on the doorstep, Kendal has so many walks to offer itself.

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Head up to Serpentine Woods, just 5 minutes from the centre and let dogs sniff to their hearts galore before rising from the tress to panoramic views of Kendal. Walk along the River Kent footpath, the length and breath of Kendal or look the The AA for inspiration and a fabulous 3 mile circular route, “Kendal’s Two Castles”,

Keeping with travel and with Kendal train station the heart of the town, jump on the train and visit Staveley where the dog friendly Eagle & Child pub is and lots of walking onto Windermere and well, need we say more.

Onto eating and drinking, extremely important holiday aspects for 2 and 4 legged visitors. For cafes then there are plenty of dog friendly ones to choose from including Farrers (where you can also pick up stunning freshly ground coffee to take home too) and Brew Brothers on Highgate. You’ll also find most pubs in Kendal are dog friendly too including The Factor Tap which has two outside seating areas and real ale.

Where to stay dog friendly? The Riverside Hotel in Kendal is a centrally based, dog friendly hotel with private car parking, 2 minutes from the train station with walks right from the hotel door and The Tannery bar serving food daily also welcomes dogs. Visit for more details and to book direct.

Seascale Beach on the West Cumbrian Coast

The fells aren’t for everyone and it’s worth remebering when visiting the Western Lakes that this area is also framed by miles of coastline.

We’re reviewing and championing Seascale beach today as a great place for dog walking. I think anyone that is local will agree, it really is a popular spot for dog walking all year round. Beaches are so good for dogs allowing them the most amount of public outdoor space to run around and Seascale is no exception and with great views to boot.

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To the north and St Bees Head can be seen, to the south Black Combe and Corney and across the sea, on a clear day, the Isle of Man is in sight. There is only a few metres of shingle and stones before just masses of sand where fetch and chasing can be done in an abundance. When walking south on Seascale beach, if you keep going you’ll reach Drigg where the valleys of Wasdale and Eskdale will come in view as well as the estury at Ravenglass. Drigg has miles of sand dunes that can be a handy escape from an incoming tide. Tide time shsould always be noted when walking on any of this coastline as they can come in very fast.

From a practical and amenity point of view, Seascale has an excellent and large and free car park, convenience stores, a chemist & post office and fabulous ice cream parlour and a train station. The train station being right on the front and an excellent means of travel to Seascale with dogs.

Haven vote Lake District inn their dog friendly haven

One of Britain’s leading seaside holiday park company with 36 locations throughout the UK have voted the Cuckoo Brow Inn at Far Sawrey in the Lake District their top tip for the best dog friendly pub in the Lake District. Reviewing and visiting dog friendly pubs from as far north as Highlands of Scotland down to Wales, across to Norfolk and the South West and East.

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The blog is actually extremely useful giving a helpful insight into each pub and the level of dog friendliness through a paws out of 5 grading system. It’s with no surprise that the Cuckoo Brow Inn achieved the maximum 5 out of 5 paws. This was for its ultra welcoming of four legged guests, treats and water bowls, the ability to stay over in one of the dog friendly bedrooms as well as the surrounding area for dog walking.

The public voted the Lake District as their top outdoor destination for the second year running in the Be Dog Friendly Awards organised by The Kennel Club. With Keswick being voted best town for thee second year as well, dog owners can have the peace of mind their dogs and themselves will not be restricted in what to do, where to go and where to eat and drink.

Read the full Haven Blog and the full Cuckoo Brow Lake District Inn review here.

A super dog friendly B&B in Ambleside

Surrounded by fells, within walking distance of Lake Windermere and just 20 miles from the M6, it’s no surprise Ambleside is one of the most popular Lake District locations for holidays and weekend breaks.

But it’s not just humans that love it, it’s a super dog friendly destination too with not just a plethora of dog friendly places to stay but also cafes, shops and pubs. But we’ve found a real gem of a dog friendly B&B, The Old Vicarage located on a quiet road just a 2 minute walk into the heart of Ambleside town. We all know, the term dog friendly is very broad but rest assured, The Old Vicarage is above and beyond welcoming to our furry friends.

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The dog friendliness of this B&B is fully illustrated (dog-tastically BTW!) through a new Instagram page recently set up completely and utterly dedicated to the four legged guests at The Old Vicarage. It is a must follow for any dog lover with some fab pics of dogs relaxing in the B&B and out and about in the great Lake District outdoors.

What we love:
• A private, off road car park – safe and easy to get dogs to and from the car.
• Dogs stay for free.
• A great guide to handpicked walks found on the B&B website as well as within the property. There are enough walks to fill a full week staying at The Old Vicarage right from the front door.

For more information visit

Cam’s Grizedale and Ambleside Trip

We’re not long been back from a short break in Ambleside me (being Jenny on this occasion, not Mac writing it) and Cam, a little early Birthday present to him and a chance to spend some time with my friends from Nottingham.

Our main day walking was in Grizedale Forest. The weather was terrible on Monday so for mud limitations on our main day walking on Tuesday and to aid general feelings of joy and not grief, we decided to walk a couple of the Grizedale Forest trails. Cam was loving it as there were a few people to have a nosy at, dogs to sniff and the odd cyclist to stare out but mostly just peace and quiet with great paths but on the routes we did, a bit of uphill in the mix too.


Cam eating his lunch en route.

Cam nearly snaffled Anna’s sandwiches, I got there just in time! Phew! That would not have been good for group moral for the rest of the walk or in fact the rest of the stay in Ambleside with them!


Cam on Carron Crag in Grizedale Forest

Cam had his first go at rock climbing on Carron Crag, the highest point in Grizedale Forest. He was actually slipping down the rock as I was taking this, they were particularly slippy I can tell you. I didn’t go up to the trip point myself because of that. Thanks Cam for making me aware of it!

We then headed back to Ambleside for refreshments. Of course, Ambleside is extremely dog friendly so Cam was fine to stay with us and being as though he’s partial to a pint, we thought it would be rude not to go to the Royal Oak for one before dinner. Cam took a nap in the car whilst we were having our dinner before heading up to The Golden Rule with him. A fantastic day and evening was had by all and a tired Collie was the ultimate achievement!

Cam and I stayed at Rothay Garth Bed & Breakfast in Ambleside. They have 3 dog friendly rooms, all ground floor which is so handy and a large, off road car park so I could get him in and out safely and easily. For more information visit



Another Lake District dog friendly hotel discovered

If you’re looking for a true dog friendly hotel in the Lake District then we’ve found a real gem, The Newby Bridge Hotel at the southern tip of Lake Windermere, even the receptionist is a canine (Scruffy – he’ll be checking you in!)!

We all know the Lake District is one of the most dog friendly regions of the UK but finding somewhere that really is dog friendly and in the right area isn’t always as simple. Newby Bridge Hotel is set within large grounds, great for dogs to get some exercise after a long journey. Next, most rooms not just a handful are dog friendly but they kindly try and allocate dogs and their owners with rooms nearer the gardens. Dogs are welcome in the bar and it’s a lovely bar with views and tasty food. A really handy thing for breakfast times, tables can be set up in the bar so dogs can join.

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Head Receptionist Scruffy and High Dam, a hidden gem

Then the area, far quieter than Windermere and Ambleside yet with direct access to the Lakeside pier for trips up and down Lake Windermere, 2 and 4 legs welcome. Next the Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway where dogs are allowed on the steam trains. But when it comes to walks then its dog friendly heaven. One of our favourite when visiting that area is the walk from Newby Bridge to High Dam. High Dam sits above on the western edge of Lake Windermere. The walk can be done straight from the Newby Bridge Hotel with only a short distance on the road before heading into woodland, across farmland and up to High Dam. The body of water is like an oasis and is a place you’ll almost always get to yourselves. From the hotel the route there and back amounts to around 5 miles. Other walks in the area include nearby Gummers How for one of the best vantage points for viewing Lake Windermere and the surrounding fells.

At £10 per dog per night the cost is less than a kennel but even more importantly dogs don’t miss out on the fun either. Book direct and receive a £10 voucher for spending in the hotel and bar during the stay. Visit for more details.

North Devon campsite’s dog activity weekend

Taking place on June 5th and 6th 2016 is the first Stowford Farm Meadows Dog Activity Weekend and Companion Dog Show. It’s set to be a fantastic fun packed weekend for both two and four legged members of the family.

Choose to enter your dog into as little or as many classes at just £1 per class entry and all proceeds will go to the chosen charity of K9 Focus, a local dog rescue charity.

Along with companion dog show will be professional displays Heelwork to Music, David Kennard and Mist the Sheepdog and a flyball demonstration from the fast and fun Two Bridges Flyball Club. To keep those attending going during the weekend they’ll be catering and refreshments, a beer tent and also trade stands.

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This is not only set to be a fun packed 2 days but Stowford are offering a special weekend rate of just £50 per pitch for 3 nights for up to 6 people and their dogs and an awning. The site is one of the leading campsites in North Devon located just 6 miles from Ilfracombe making it a perfect base to explore the rugged cliffs, golden sandy beaches and pretty fishing villages that make this region so unique. The site has first class facilities including modern amenity blocks with showers and a laundry, a shop, restaurant, bar, indoor heated pool, horse riding centre, pitch and putt and sports areas.

For more details of the dog activity weekend visit,

STOP PRESS! New luxury dog friendly accommodation to open in Windermere

Mac and Cam are excited about a new dog friendly place to stay that is currently being built right in the centre of Windermere by the Applegarth Villa Hotel on College Road.

For a couple of spoilt Border Collies, it is a great prospect being a hotel and luxury where it sounds like dogs will be waited on hand and paw. Alan & Suzanne Mumford are dog owners to an extremely handsome, and of course pampered, Retriever Freddie. Freddie goes everywhere with Alan & Suzanne so the new build of 7 luxury suites, next door to the hotel, naturally had to have a couple suitable for pooch travellers.

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Freddie the Ambassador and the view from the new suites, Windermere

The two dog friendly suites will have their own entrance, perfect for transporting paws in and out. Walkies, right from the suites door, Windermere, Parks and Orrest Head and just a short car or leisurely walk down to the lake. Food, obviously number 1 for any pooch tourist and this has already been taken into consideration (as personally instructed by Freddie, the new suites ambassador). Dog friendly guests can order food, treats and toys from Roy, Freddie’s best friend who owns the pet store in the village. Roy will deliver the consignment to the hotel ensuring that as well as the humans enjoying delicious food on the holidays, so will the four legged members of the party.  Alan & Suzanne have thought of everything including the ability to dine in the room so everybody/doggy can eat together.

The suites are available from December 1st but can be booked now. Some lucky pooch has already booked in for New Year! Book online via or speak to Alan & Suzanne on 015394 43206 for further dog friendly information.

Introducing dog friendly accommodation on another level

Being dog owners themselves, the Gordon family owners and founders of Waternook, the new luxury lakeside accommodation properties on Ullswater, know how important it is for the whole family to be together when on holiday.

This is why our four legged friends are allowed in Waternook, the larger of the two properties which sleeps 12 people in total and 2 dogs. Dogs get their own room complete with underfloor heating, plenty of dog bed and food bowl space (the top two doggy points!) and even a pooch eye fell view. Their room is located in the heart of the property, not tucked away and has doors at dog eye level so they can see what is going on (be nosy). They also get their own entrance in case of inevitable muddy paws.

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A dog friendly, fell view suite at Waternook

Mac and Cam went to visit a few weeks ago but as the flooring was going down, they weren’t allowed in although they did get out of the car to see the view and dog walking heaven surrounding the house, it is endless, 27 acres to be exact. Needless to say, the pair of them didn’t want to get back in the car!

Dogs will love the fact they have direct access to the lake, handy when it’s hot. Ullswater Steamers are dog friendly so everyone can go cruising and even some of the activity providers in the area do dog friendly outdoor pursuits, obviously accompanied by a human.

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We think 27 acres may just be enough for dog walking?!

Date for your doggy diary, August 29th Patterdale Dog Day down at the southern end of the lake. Waternook luxury lakeside accommodation is available for booking that week and its Bank Holiday and the final week of the school holidays so a great time to visit. For more information visit

Warming news from dog friendly Lake District inn

Mac, Cam and I love to let our two and four legged friends know of any dog friendly developments in Cumbria and the Lake District. Funny how these so often (all the time) focus on holidays and places to eat and drink…..

But in our eyes, we love places to go that are dog friendly and that satisfy the needs of man and mutt. Wainwright’s Inn owner and run by the Langdale Estate have refurbished something we all love and especially at this of the year, the range. This original range is the thing of beauty and does of course provide the open fire vessel for the pub. Country pub, hearty food, real ale, location perfect after a long fell walk with the dogs, dog friendly, PERFECTION!

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Collies love the outdoors but are extremely partial to a real fire.

Just like around the treat drawer or tin, dogs flock to lie in front of an open fire, just see Buzz the Collie in the picture above mesmerized by it. They may have run at 100 miles and hour for the whole 8 mile walk which no doubt meant they covered at least 3 times that distance but that doesn’t mean a bit of warmth is not in order.

If you’re not familiar with the Langdale Valley then its a haven for walkers, low and high level, picturesque and arguably the best best views of any location in the Lake District. Wainwright’s Inn is a proper pub with Cumbrian real ales and a menu full of Cumbrian produce. Wainwright’s famous lamb shoulder speaks for itself, no need to look any further.

Visit for more information and the view the menu. Drinks served – Monday to Sunday 12 noon to 11pm and food daily 12 noon to 9.30pm.