A Wow Easter Weekend in West Cumbria

It’s nearing the end of an absolutely amazing Easter weekend. Admittedly, the forecast was good beforehand but for it to actually have produced such amazing weather on 4 consecutive days has been a revelation.

We decided to honour the trend for staycation’s to the max and stay at home. Living in West Cumbria, with the weather we’ve had this weekend, it felt almost criminal not to make the most of it. The dog’s have loved it too and here’s a brief outline of what we’ve been up to…

Now, my fear is for tomorrow when everything returns to normal after they have been spoiled with visitors, countless walks and leftover roast beef all weekend. Starting on Thursday and my Dad came up to stay so major fuss was given out to Mac+Cam. Here’s them guarding my Dad’s motorbike…

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Onto Good Friday and I think we’ll just keep it as pictures speak louder than words, just look at that sky in the evening there…

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Onto Saturday and we decided to head off up Waberthwaite Fell. Parking just up on the Corney Fell road, it was complete and utter peacefulness. No gradients but just good to be out and about with views over to Great Gable in front and out to the Irish Sea behind as in this pic.

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BREAKING NEWS – The bluebells have started to emerge in the woods by Harecroft Hall south of Gosforth. Mac being a Blue Border Collie has an affiliation with this flower and is always compelled to pose by them…!

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West Cumbrian beaches can’t be beaten on a weekend like this and every morning the boys have been out for a run around and a play with the ball down at Seasccale. The tides have been perfect for morning and evening walks made even better by the extremely low Spring tides.

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So I think us lot won’t be the only ones being on a bit of a Post Easter Downer tomorrow but then, it will have all been worth it after a weekend like this. Bring on the next Bank Holiday!

By Jenny Andrew



Crufts Runner Up Visits Dog Friendly Hotel in Cumbria

Hello, Mac here. One of Cam and I’s recommendations back in September last year (http://www.dog-friendly-accommodation.co.uk/maccam-recommend-westmorland-hotel-near-penrith/ it appears), the Westmorland Hotel near Penrith, has had a very high profile guest this month.

The guest in question was Angus and he had just come 2nd in a prestigious, international competition. Augus is a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and he was stopping off at the Westmorland Hotel on his way back to his home in Edinburgh after coming 2nd in the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Veteran Class at Crufts 2014. What a great result!

We’ve read this about him, his full Kennel Club name being Lyncraeg Dream Angus ShCM, “Blenheim with good type head, sweet expression. Well constructed and moving well for his 10 years.” We say, well done Angus! By the way, we both have funny names too. Mine is Birkcross Blue Boy and Cam’s is Birkcross Winter Druid (although some may say he should have been named Birkcross 666 The Devil…).

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Angus, his owner, Teazle and Saffy outside The Westmorland Hotel

Anyway, back to Angus and apparently he had a fantastic spot of relaxation post Crufts along with his owner as well as Teazle and Saffy (all in picture above). Birmingham to Edinburgh is some distance and especially for us canines so the ability to have somewhere to stop over, right off the motorway, dog friendly and human friendly is ideal.

We think it shows the standard of the place that a Crufts finalist has stayed there and we’re sure Angus and his 2 friends enjoyed the Lily’s Kitchen doggy treats in the room, we think he well deserved them.

Your owners need to mention we’re coming to stay so just give the Westmorland Hotel a call before booking and let them know so they can get everything ready for you. Full details on this dog friendly hotel in Cumbria can be found here http://www.westmorlandhotel.com/Dog-friendly-rooms

By Jenny Andrew



Border Collie Leg Stretching on way back from Newby Bridge

It was a jolly at the Lakeside Hotel at Newby Bridge on Saturday to meet my friend for lunch. Cam joined me on the journey but I must confess, I thought the place a bit too posh for a very exuberant Border Collie!

As whenever I take either or both the dogs with me on an car journey, I naturally combine it with a walk too. It’s always a good chance to explore new routes for both them and me and gives us all the fells of a day out. For a change, I decided to go via Ulpha and Birker Fell on the way home having not been this way for a while.

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Cam looking towards the Dunnerdale Fells

After a couple of miles from the turn off at Duddon Bridge the views get even better and there are plenty of places to park up off the road and plenty of footpath signs. I parked near the ironworks, quite a large pull I’d say just half a mile before the cattle grid and the road leading into the village of Ulpha.

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Cam gazing west, possibly Corney Fell behind

It was a quick up and down but a good chance for Cam to stretch his legs and of course do a spot of scenery admiring. The road then leads onto Birker Fell but beware of the steep hair pins at the beginning of this fell road. Well worth it though with the views going over it and which eventually takes you down to beautiful Eskdale.

OS map “OL 6″ is the one you need for this area. Once you’ve turned off the road at Duddon Bridge it is dog walking, gorgeous scenery and not a main road for miles.

By Jenny Andrew



A Super Sunday Local Walk with Mac

A bit of a change for Mac and Cam on Sunday. Mike was about and wanted a run so he took Cam on an 8 miler around Blengdale Forest. Mac, as mentioned in my previous post, has done his cruciate ligament so running is a no no so it was Maccy and Me.

Before I knew it 3pm had come around so with a subtle hint from Mac (standing by the door) I thought we’d better get a move on. The sun decided to come out a right treat so I decided we’d have a local walk, no car required.

Here’s the route and what a great 3.5ish mile one it was.

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The route is very muddy at times so if you’re going to walk this, high walking boots or wellies are advisable and possibly very small dogs require carrying so as not to end up head to toe in the stuff! Mac being of a statuesque nature coupled with being a Border Collie so accustomed to dirt/mud/sand/dung had no issues!

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Mac alongside the River Bleng, Gosforth, Cumbria

Gosforth has 3 excellent dog friendly pubs, the Horse & Groom, Gosforth Hall and the Lion & Lamb so it makes a great place to end up after or pass through when walking your 4 legged friend!

It really was the best part of the day and looking back at this picture, it’s hard to imagine weather like this. This week has been another awful one with no one escaping the storms but with the South West and Wales experiencing the worst of it.

It looks like it’s going to be another unsettled weekend but with the Valentines love of our 4 legged friends we’ll surely going to have the best time possible!

By Jenny Andrew



Meeting – Windermere – Walkies

Mac came along with me to a meeting on Tuesday. This isn’t a regular thing but having been to the vets last week and finding out he has done his cruciate ligament in one of his hind legs, I thought it would be a nice treat for him. I can tell not being able to go out running or mountain biking with Mike and Cam is starting to get him down.

So the meeting was in Windermere and the fine folks at Applegarth Villa filled me up with loads of lovely sandwiches and lemon drizzle cake whilst Mac chilled out in his bed in the back of the van. Bonus number 1 for Mac, there were some sandwiches left. Major licking of lips when I opened the van door and offered Mac 2 egg butties. They were very well received as you can imagine.

So the reason for taking him was to give him a little walk on the way home too so I parked up at the lay-by at the top of the fell road to Woodland before you drop down the hill into Grizebeck. It was very windy but with amazing sunshine and it actually felt good to be squinting for a change. The views were amazing up there with the Coniston fells clear as a whistle, see the image below, and see that it was so windy it made Mac’s ears stick up!

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Mac with the Coniston fells in the distance

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Anyone’s guess what he was looking at here!

This road to Woodland is a great place to let you dogs stretch their legs if you’re heading to the Western Lakes, having tarmac if the weather is rubbish and the lay-by to park in. There was no sheep there on Tuesday but there is normally there so dogs should be kept on short leads as lambing time is approaching.

By Jenny Andrew



Mac Features on Lake District Dog Friendly Accommodation Website

Mac’s collie-tastic face has made it on to yet another website!

Staylakedistrictaccommodation.co.uk have chosen Mac as the face to entice visitors to click and view their choice of dog friendly B&B, hotels and self catering properties.

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Can you see spot Mac’s collie-tastic face?!

Stay Lake District Accommodation list some fab dog friendly places to stay in the Lake District, the ones in the screenshot above included. “I’m honoured to be the face of dog friendly accommodation on SLDA. The places they advertise are the standard I am accustomed so and I am naturally happy to be associated with them.” woofs Mac.

By Jenny Andrew



Buddy the Lake District Doggy Adventurer

Hi Mac and Cam here. We just wanted to tell you about our buddy Buddy and what he gets up too.

Buddy is our friend (buddy) who lives over in Eskdale and we’re very jealous of him. Wait for this…..he goes on adventures up fells and even on the water with his owners, he has his own doggy life jacket AND he has his own Facebook page! Here’s Buddy on a boat on Wastwater sporting his buoyancy aid, how much fun does that look!

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Buddy on his dog friendly activity on Wastwater, Lake District

Buddy’s owners Steve and Caroline run West Lakes Adventure and they do all kinds of activities in the Lake District like guided walking, mountain biking and canoeing and us 4 legged creatures can do these activities too. Buddy went canoeing down the River Irt last week as well as mine exploration in the Eskdale Valley, how wooftastic is that!

We’ve asked Mike and Jenny if we can go canoeing one day with Buddy and Steve on Wastwater, our favourite lake. There doesn’t appear to be a date set yet but we’ll just keep on badgering them and of course, as always, we will get what we want. Border Collie power!

You can follow Buddy on Facebook here 
https://www.facebook.com/buddyadventure
and see what his owners business, West Lakes Adventure, does here http://www.westlakesadventure.co.uk/

Dictated to Jenny Andrew by Mac & Cam



Great Pic from a Dog Friendly Pub!

We’ve missed the competition unfortunately but I just had to post this photo of Poppy. Poppy is the managers dog at one of our favourite dog friendly pubs, The Cuckoo Brow Inn.

The photo was used in a caption competition at Countryside Dog Walks where you could win one of their books. The winning caption was “Course im over 18….check my pawsport!!!”

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Poppy at the bar of The Cuckoo Brow Inn (image erwin neudorfer)

It is an excellent image and what a lovely dog don’t you think.

The Cuckoo Brow Inn is a dog friendly b&b too with dogs also welcome throughout the bar. Lovely food for Oomans too!

By Jenny Andrew



New Dog Friendly Supporter

You may have noticed on the right hand side of this blogs homepage and all posts an advert for The Lakeland Cottage Company.

They have 40 dog friendly self catering properties in the Lake District and Cumbria ranging from places for couples right up to large houses suitable for large families. These 40 cottages really are some of the best examples of holiday rentals in the UK and the fact they are dog friendly too makes them all the more special.

It is great we are being supported by a company like The Lakeland Cottage Company who understand how important our beloved 4 legged friends are to us and that when we want a bit of luxury, we also want them to be a part of it too.

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Tent Lodge in Coniston – luxury dog friendly accommodation from The Lakeland Cottage Company

By Jenny Andrew



Top Winter Dog Cleaning Product!

Some people may say this is a product they need not invest in and that is fine, everything is circumstantial. My household though have crowned this product our best purchase……….possibly ever. This product is the Mobi V-17 Portable Bike Pressure Washer. It says bike but we have purchased this bit of kit for dog washing. We have the following combination, 2 x rough haired collies+unavoidable mud and dirt during the winter (well lets face it, most) months+beige carpets (not chosen by us btw).

This washer can be filled with hot water before going on a walk or run, either put it in the car or leave outside your front door so when you get back from the run/walk hose down, warm water, clean dogs, everyone is happy.

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The Mobi V-17 Portable Bike Pressure Washer

We found it invaluable when we were away visiting relatives over Christmas. We obviously didn’t want Mud and Muddier to ruin their house. It is also amazing in the same respect whenever you go on holiday with your dogs and stay in a hotel, b&b or self catering.

To us and where our dogs go running and walking and the Cumbria/Lake District weather, this washer will be used all year round and despite only having it since early December, we’ve already had our money’s worth out of it!

We purchased ours from Chain Reaction http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/mobi-v-17-portable-bike-pressure-washer/rp-prod46653 but its also available from Amazon and Evans Cycles.