Monthly archives: April, 2016

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. 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.

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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.

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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!

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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.