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.

cuckoo brow dog friendly lake district

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.

ambleside dog friendly b&b
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. https://www.instagram.com/lakedistrictdogadventures/

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 http://oldvicarageambleside.co.uk/dog-friendly-bed-and-breakfast/

Luxury dog friendly Lake District cottages collection launched

It really is the era of the pampered pooch. Although some owners take things a step too far (ie painting nails!), we’re spending more money than ever on looking after and keeping our pets groomed to purr and paw perfection.
We all know though that despite any flashy collar being bought for them or stylish coat, it’s the big excitement of walkies that dogs love more than anything (although food and treats will definitely be up there too!).

Spending time with your dog is the best thing ever for all concerned and so holidays or short breaks are always the pinnacle and in the Lake District, the dog friendly capital of the UK, even more so. The chance to enjoy the fells on daily walks with the knowledge 2 and 4 legged visitors are welcome in most pubs and inns, even some cafes and shops now.

luxury dog friendly cottages lake district
But to not in any way lapse with the pampering there is now quite a choice of luxury places to stay and lets face it, self catering is a good option for a dog friendly holiday. A new collection of luxury holiday cottages is now available. They’re only Visit England graded 5 star and/or Gold and the dog friendly section has 18 of these to choose from I areas such as Ullswater, Coniston, Cartmel and Ambleside. A standard, they’re all gong to be places neither dog nor any owner will want to leave and all with walks straight from the front door. Created by The Lakeland Cottage Company, dog owners and lovers themselves, visit the website here, https://www.lakedistrict-cottages.co.uk/ and book a pampering pooch and owner breaks in the Lakes in 2016.

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 http://www.rothay-garth.co.uk/dog-friendly-ambleside-bandb.



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.

dog friendly hotel newby bridge

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 http://www.newbybridgehotel.co.uk/dog-friendly-lake-district-hotel 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.

devon campsite weekend

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, http://stowford.co.uk/caravanning-camping-in-devon/whats-on-at-stowford/dog-activity-weekend-companion-dog-show/

Dogs Unite in Coniston this September for Guide Dogs

What could be better than getting together with a group of like minded dog owners and their furry pals and heading out for a walk on a Saturday? This is just what will be taking place in Coniston, the Lake District this Saturday September 19th. The event is one of the Dogs Unite for Guide Dogs walks and family fun days which are happening throughout September and throughout the UK.

Guide Dogs is such a special charity and one where supporters needn’t even be dog owners or lovers, everyone knows how important and life saving guide dogs are for those who are blind or visually impaired. The Unite Dog day in Coniston is free to join in and attend and is made up of a 3km sponsored dog walk, an arena with guide dog demonstrations, a sensory tunnel, fun dog show, stalls and much more and all taking place in and within the grounds of the John Ruskin School in the centre of Coniston village.

dog friendly coniston lake district

It’s a great chance or dogs to socialise, have fun and with the whole family too whilst raising money and awareness of the Guide Dogs charity. To register for the event and for more info visit, http://www.guidedogs.org.uk/dogs-unite/find-events/dogs-unite-at-coniston.

For places to stay
The Lakeland Cottage Company have a selection of holiday cottages in Coniston that are dog friendly. Visit https://www.lakeland-cottage-company.co.uk/lake-district-cottages/coniston_collection/ for more details.

Top Tip
Make sure you have a pocket full of doggy treats! The Black Bull pub is dog friendly with dog friendly treats on the bar as well human friendly, post walk real ale!

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.

dog friendly windermere

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 http://www.lakesapplegarth.co.uk/ 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.

luxury dog friendly accommodation

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.

waternook accommodation ullswater

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 http://www.waternookonullswater.com/

Vote for Cumbria’s hotels in the KC Be Dog Friendly Awards

After a triumphant Keswick on best dog friendly town in the annual Be Dog Friendly Awards in 2014 and the Lake District as a whole winning the great outdoors category, let’s not rest on that, let’s try and get a Cumbria/Lake District hotel winning he best hotel category this year.

It’s only when venturing out of the county or choosing another destination to visit or for a holiday that it dawns on people how dog friendly Cumbria is. There are very few places that don’t allow dogs with the number of businesses, eateries, shop, hotels and accommodation increasing daily. To be able to come to a place that adults, children and dogs love is just ideal.

dog friendly lake district

Dog’s love visiting and staying in the Lake District

Last year The Kennel Club ran a brand new campaign in conjunction with DogFriendly.co.uk, Be Dog Friendly “a Kennel Club Campaign to encourage, recognise and reward places and businesses that go the extra mile for the benefit of the UK’s 8 million dogs and their owners”. It proved an enormous success with dog owners in their thousands contributing, recommending and voting for dog friendly businesses spanning the whole of the UK and in a variety of categories.

With 2 categories under the Lake District and Cumbria belt and with so many dog friendly places to stay, it only seems right to focus on accommodation and winning one of those classes in 2015. Voting, suggesting and recommending is in full force with voting closing on September 18th 2015. So if it’s somewhere you stay at regularly or a new place discovered just this summer get online at http://www.bedogfriendlyawards.com/. We’ve been on and suggested our fav, the Tebay Services Hotel on the M6, Lily’s Kitchen treats always seal the deal with Mac & Cam!