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.

Glorious Grasmere, a delight for dogs and their owners

Grasmere is an all in one, dog friendly destination just as so much of the Lake District is and why this National Park has been voted best outdoor location in the Kennel Club Be Dog Friendly Awards for two years running by dog owners.

Grasmere is a haven of peace and tranquillity, has low level paths, bodies of water to walk around as well as fells. When staying in Grasmere there’s no need to use the car again until going home, everything is on the doorstep.

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The National Trust has a great selection ranging from 2 to 5 miles including lakeshore and fell walks, Although Grasmere is an ideal place for low level walks with your dog equally there are many high level, longer routes for the more exuberant dogs (and their owners!). A fabulous one is a circular walk taking in 6 Wainwright Fells, stunning views along every inch with the chance of viewing down to the Langdale Valley, Easedale Tarn and the full glory of Grasmere from above before finishing on one of the lake District’s most famous fells Helm Crag, the Lion & the Lamb as most people know it.
There’s not a shortage of places to eat and drink where your four legged friend is welcome, Tweedies, The Travellers Rest and The Grasmere Red Lion for pubs and for cafes, Heidi’s and Baldry’s Tea Room.

For somewhere to stay then Lake View Country House is a dog friendly B&B owned by 2 passionate dog owners. The quiet location with large private off road parking and gardens all excellent for dogs. In the summer sit outside and take in uninterrupted the views of the surrounding fells or potter down to via diect access to Grasmere lakeshore. Rates from £105 per room B&B. For more information including location and online booking visit

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,

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.

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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,

For places to stay
The Lakeland Cottage Company have a selection of holiday cottages in Coniston that are dog friendly. Visit 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.

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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

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.

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Dog’s love visiting and staying in the Lake District

Last year The Kennel Club ran a brand new campaign in conjunction with, 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 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!

Dog and family friendly Lake District shows this August

We’re now firmly into show season in Cumbria and the Lake District right now. Great news is none have had to be cancelled due to the weather in fact each show so far has been blessed with a fair day. Let us all hope that continues!

But looking ahead and an ultra busy, mid summer weekend of August 15th and 16th, what we like to call, double show day. If you’re staying or looking to have a holiday or short break around these dates, these two shows are a must and especially if you’ve got a four legged friend.

Firstly on Saturday August 15 and Sunday 16 is the Lowther Show. What a location set in within the Lowther Estate and Castle the show and being a full weekend events confirms this as one of the biggest events in the Cumbrian show calendar. So much to see and do for adults, children and dogs. Under 16’s go free and look out for the leaflets that entitle adults to £2 off. Tickets ccan be purchased online or on the day.

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Lots to see and do for two and four legged visitors

Next onto a lovely little show, the Lakeland Country Fair at Torver near Coniston on Sunday 16th August. A completely different part of the county, the true heart of the Lake District, smaller yet by no means less enjoyable. Surrounding the show field are the Coniston Fells including Coniston Old Man and they provide simply stunning scenery. This show is a traditional Lakeland show in its purist form with Lakeland sports and activities, lurcher, terrier, beagle and foxhound shows and races as well as traditional skills such as basket weaving and leatherwork and not to forget Herdwick and Swaledale sheep naturally. Just £5 gains entrance to the show and that including free parking.

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With both of these events, you’re sure to be entertained the whole day, sure to be well fed and watered and no doubt sure to come home with plenty of yummy goodies, and most definitely have very tired children and dogs!
These shows are the perfect way to spend a day that gets all the family together and involved including the dogs and Cumbria and the Lake District is so dog friendly. For dog friendly accommodation within easy reach of both Lowther Show and the Lakeland Country Fair, visit and look at their choice of dog friendly Lake District cottages.

P.S Mac & Cam recommend a post show pint at the Church House Inn at Torver after the Lakeland Country Fair.


Ducks Haven cottage in Cartmel is now a doggie haven!

It’s always good to see another self catering property allowing dogs and especially in such dog friendly and human friendly locations such as Cartmel in Cumbria.


Ducks Haven lies within the Aynsome Manor Estate just outside of the village and is one of a group of adjoining holiday properties. It has recently been taken over become dog friendly and has undergone a complete refurbishment, very stylish and practical.

With more and more people wanting to enjoy their holiday or weekend away with their dog or dogs so has the choice of dog friendly places to stay and as you will have read in previous posts, I am very pro self catering when we all go away. Now with the quality of Lake District self catering accommodation available such as Ducks Haven, a Visit England 4 star gold award property, both 2 and 4 legged members of the party needn’t take second best.

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The exterior and interior of Ducks Haven

If you’re not familiar with Cartmel then you and your dog are missing a real treat. Rolling hills, endless footpaths and bridle ways, close to the Lake District fells yet within touching distance of the coast, basically open space in every direction is what you get. But Cartmel Village itself is the true gem as it’s as some refer to it, the foodie capital of Cumbria. This small, quaint and ultra picturesque south Cumbrian village is home to the UK#s best restaurant L’Enclume but also Simon Rogan’s bistro and pub. On top of that there are 3 other superb pubs which all allow dogs, cafes, artisan food producers and outlets and a regular food market.

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View from summit of Hampsfell, cartmel

As well as the food, what is ultimately and easily noticed is the amount of our fabulous four legged friends wandering about (all on leads with their owners of course!). Even some of the shops allow (obviously very well behaved!) dogs within them.

To view the full description of Ducks Haven and to find out more about Cartmel and the surrounding area, visit

By Jenny Andrew

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 informationa nd the view the menu. Drinks derved – Monday to Sunday 12 noon to 11pm and food daily 12 noon to 9.30pm.