The Ultimutt doggy day out: Dogs Unleashed!

Dogs UnleashedWelcome to Dogs Unleashed the ultimutt doggy day out.  This years Dogs Unleashed will take place at The Bakewell Showground, Derbyshire on the 27th and 28th June 2015.

Dogs Unleashed is an exciting, fun filled and informative day out for the whole family. The event is excellent value for money with free entry for all your dogs!

The event will bring together the whole canine community through licensed competitions, displays, breed stands, welfare information and charity stalls and a vast amount of fun doggy activities. Its an excellent day out for anyone who has anything to do with dogs!

This fun and friendly show is the perfect environment for you to try out and experience many of the doggy sports and disciplines within the canine world, all in one day.

There are many activities and competitions at the event where you can personally get involved, just check out the attractions page.

Check their website for more details.


Choose a dog walk

Black Rocks Cromford

Black Rocks Cromford

Here are a few lovely dog walks that we have put together when you come up to the Peak District with your 4 legged friend!

Monyash Meander – a short 2 mile walk around the village of Monyash and surrounding dales. Finishing with a visit to either a dog friendly pub or cafe.

The Wild Rhubarb Walk – try some of the Monsal Trail, but then drop down to the riverside and enjoy the peace and tranquility and nature.

The Bakewell Loop – a fairly flat circular walk of about 3 miles, along parts of the Monsal Trail from Bakewell. Along the way you will pass Hassop Station which houses a coffee shop. There is space outside to sit undercover with your dog. Otherwise you need to find the dog friendly pubs and coffee shops in Bakewell itself.

The Cromford Canal and High Peak Incline  – a pleasant walk along the canal followed by an uphill climb along the High Peak trail and then drop back down into Cromford, where there are dog friendly pubs.

Black Rocks – is close to Cromford and is a great place to let your dog off lead. There are a choice of way marked paths you can follow.

All of the above walks allow your dog to be off the lead, there are other places that you can try some of which may require your dogs to be on the lead – particularly the National Trust walks – although some places are more lenient than others.

Finally there are Woodland walks which are usually offlead and offer your dog plenty of fun.

Hopefully one of these will take your fancy! Enjoy your walks.



Dog Friendly Pubs near Matlock

MoCa Bar: 77 Dale Rd, Matlock  Tel: 01629 258084
Children and dogs welcome. (Children until 7pm)

The Boat Inn: Scarthin, Cromford, Matlock, Derbyshire. DE4 3QF  Tel: 01629 258083

The Bell:  Cromford Hill, Cromford, Matlock, Derbyshire DE4 3RF Tel: 01629 822102

Red Lion: Main St, Birchover, Nr Matlock, Derbyshire. DE4 2BN  Tel: 01629 650363

Flying Childers: Main Rd, Stanton in Peak, Derbyshire. DE4 2LW   Tel: 01629 636333

Red Lion Hotel: Market Place, Wirksworth, Matlock, Derbyshire. DE4 4ET  Tel: 01629 822214

The Rising Sun: Rise End, Middleton, Matlock, Derbyshire. DE4 4LS  Tel: 01629 823247

The Miners Arms: Miners Hill, Brassington, Matlock. DE4 4HA  Tel: 01629 540222






Dog toys for power chewers!

Meet Mackie, our power chewer! Meet Mackiev2 Looks like butter wouldn’t melt in his mouth!  Just so you know, he has jaws of steel and likes to exercise them regularly!

When he can’t find anything to chew, he starts looking for trouble……

So, I’m on a mission to find dog toys that he can’t destroy in 5 minutes flat! I will share with you what I have found so far, but believe me, there aren’t many dog toys that are “Mackie proof”……

  1. Zogoflex Jive: This is the heaviest most dense ball that I have ever seen! It is made from a product called Zogoflex, and it is advertised as being really tough!  I can vouch for this, as Mackie has had one of these for 3 months now, and he has only just started to damage the outside of the ball. It’s still got loads of life yet. Be warned however, it really hurts if they drop it on your toes!!!

2.  Nylabone – all flavours! Now these are brilliant! They don’t last forever, as the dog chews them so much, they eventually shrink in size and become quite dangerous, but you will know when this starts to happen, and you should remove it from the dog immediately.  That said, they come in all different flavours and the dogs love them. The only warning….. be careful not to accidentally stand on a vigorously chewed Nylabone in your bare feet – it hurts like hell!!

3. Kong Extreme dog chew – I don’t think the makers of Kong Extreme chews had met Mackie when they designed this one!  I have put this at the bottom of my list, purely because it is the only toy that has been completely destroyed by Mackie…. It did take him a while however, so we did get our monies worth, but he was eventually able to bite the top off the cone shaped chew and needless to say, that one ended up in the bin!  Most dogs, I think would still get hours of fun from this dog toy, and I will still get Mackie another one, because it pays to have a bit of toy variety around the house…


Dog Friendly Cafes in Bakewell

Honey Bun Cafe: 1 Water St, Bakewell, Derbyshire. DE45 1EW  Tel: 07530 353008

Aisseford Tea Rooms: Ashford in the Water, nr Bakewell, Derbyshire. DE45 1QB  Tel: 01629 812773

Old Smithy Tea Rooms: Monyash, Nr Bakewell, Derbyshire.  DE45 1JH  Tel: 01629 810190

Cafe on the Green: Nether End, Baslow, Nr Bakewell. DE45 1SR  Tel: 01246 583000


Updated: March 2016

Easter Days out with your dog

Tilly at Crich Tramway Museum

Tilly at Crich Tramway Museum

The Peak District has lots of fun Easter stuff to do over the next week, and all of the following Easter treats can be done with your furry friend!

Ecclesbourne Valley Railway – (Wirksworth) (Easter Weekend Family Fun))

25th – 28th March 2016

Easter weekend family circus fun, with bouncy castles and Easter egg hunt!

Contact tel: 01629 823076
Times: 9.30 – 6pm

Dogs are allowed to travel on the train, but are not allowed in First Class.

There are no charges for dogs.


Easter Dog Show at Peak Shopping Village

Sunday April 10th

Peak shopping village

Chatsworth Rd, Rowsley, Derbyshire DE4 2JE

Easter egg trail – Kedleston Hall (Friday 18th – Monday 21st April)

Contact tel: 01332 842191
Cost: £2.50

Organiser: National Trust, Kedleston Hall
Location: Kedleston Hall
Time(s): 12 Noon – 4:00pm

Dogs are allowed on leads around the parkland.


Easter Egg Trails – Longshaw Estate (Friday 25th- Monday 28th March 2016)

Location: Outside Longshaw Tea rooms
Time(s): 10:30am – 3:30pm

Contact tel: 01433 637904
Cost: £3

Dogs are welcome – on leads!

Spring Discovery Trail – Longshaw Estate (25th March – 10th April 2016)

10.30am -3.30pm

Cost: £3

Meeting point: Longshaw car park

Dress for the weather and have sturdy shoes.

Tel: 01433 637904


Easter 1940’s event – Crich Tramway museum (Sunday 20th – Monday 21st April)

Organiser: Crich Tramway Museum
Location: Crich Tramway Museum
Time(s): 10:00am – 5:30pm

Contact tel: 01773 854320
Cost: Adult £16. Snr £12. Child £9. Family £39

You may need your tin hat and gas mask if you visit Crich Tramway
Village during its special 1940s Event on Easter Sunday 20th and Monday 21st
April. You can expect air-raid warnings and the sound of low flying aircraft and you
will need your identity card for a real taste of life during the Second World

Dogs are allowed everywhere except catering establishments and the children’s indoor play area.



Friendly facebook!

Facebook page shotI recently read a post from Tissington Nursery (of the plant variety not the child variety!) that they are dog friendly. It’s great to hear from businesses in this way. Anyhow, I opened the debate in Facebook and asked where else was dog friendly, that you wouldn’t necessarily expect to be.  Here are the results, some of which might surprise you!

Church Inn – Chelmorton – dog friendly and lovely staff. They have indoor and outdoor seating and serve food too.

Lathkil Hotel (recommended by Hillsway bungalow –  dog friendly accommodation in Youlgreave)

Heights of Abraham – Matlock – where dogs are allowed in the cable cars. However they are not allowed in the caves or cafe, but there is outdoor seating and some nice walks nearby.

Crich Tramway museum – dogs can ride on the trams and you are positively encouraged not to leave your dog in the car.

The National Stone centre – according to one of our readers, there is a museum and shop. It is right next to the High Peak trail, so there are lovely walks nearby.

Peak Cavern – Castleton

Bagshaw Hall Sleep Lodge – Bakewell

Fat Face ( Ashbourne & Bakewell)

Orvis (Bakewell)

Gratton Grange – another dog friendly place to stay…..


If anyone knows of anymore please do leave us a message on Facebook and we can share. This post was really popular and was shared to nearly 600 people!



Sandybrook Country Park

IMG_2046lrSandybrook Country Park is close to the picturesque market town of Ashbourne on the southern fringe of the Peak District. The park is located in the former grounds of a 19th century manor house with a historic pinetum and bluebell wood. Sandybrook Country Park provides a peaceful and tranquil setting from which to enjoy a relaxing holiday whilst having the option to do as little or as much as you please. Onsite you can enjoy a range of activities that the whole family will enjoy including archery, fencing and bodyzorbing and for when you want to unwind you can enjoy a relaxing swim, jacuzzi or sauna in the indoor swimming pool. The Coach House bar and restaurant is also pet friendly for when you fancy a meal or a relaxing drink.
Our luxury lodges provide the perfect base from which to explore the surrounding area which has an abundance of stunning walks and cycling trails. Dovedale with its famous stepping stones is one of Derbyshire’s finest and most popular dales whilst the Tissington Trail provides miles of off-road walking and cycling through some of the Peak Districts most wonderful countryside. The area also boasts many local attractions including Alton Towers, the world famous Chatsworth House and numerous family friendly activities.

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Sandybrook Country Park, Buxton Road, Ashbourne  DE6 2AQ

Telephone: 01335 300000



Twitter: @sandybrookcp

Facebook: Sandybrook



Darwin Forest Country Park

IMG_2046lrDarwin Forest Country Park in the beautiful Derbyshire Peak District is one of the UK’s top holiday parks and provides luxury self-catering holiday accommodation. Set in 47 acres of mixed woodland between Matlock and Bakewell our luxury lodges are nestled within our woodland paradise and are furnished to the highest standard. Our Spa lodges (some are Pet Friendly) also includes an outdoor hot tub. The lodges provide the perfect base for exploring the surrounding attractions or for simply relaxing in the tranquillity of the park and enjoying time with your loved ones. The Park also boasts an impressive range of facilities including Evolution Health and Fitness Centre with a swimming pool, spa and gym, Foresters bar and restaurant (which is dog friendly) and Little Monkeys indoor playcentre. With an array of woodland walks also on your doorstep, you and your family will never be short of something to do.

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Darwin Forest Country Park, Darley Moor, Two Dales, Matlock  DE4 5PL

Telephone: 01629 732428



Twitter: @darwinforest

Facebook: Darwin Forest


A dog walk and a pint

Bulls Head MonyashIt’s that time of year, when you need to do brisk dog walks, as it’s getting a bit cooler. Now if you can follow the dog walk by dropping into a cosy dog friendly pub, that offers roaring log fires with warming drinks, then even better!

There are plenty of places to do a nice dog walk, check out our choose a dog walk post, to find one. We’ve then got lots of pubs to choose from which are dog friendly. If you know where you want to look, then check out our pub directory and find a great pub. If you want a more accessible guide, then why not buy our Dogs Welcome in the Peak District ebook. You can download this onto your smart phone and have it with you, when you are out on your next dog walk. That way, you’ll never be short of somewhere to take your dog. It even shows you which attractions and coffee shops you can take your dog to.

Let us know your favourite dog walks, we’d be happy to post the details on our website. And if you know of a dog friendly pub that you would recommend, then please tell us and we will share the good news online with our doggie  friends!


September events

Big walkiesAugust is drawing to a close with the bank holiday weekend almost upon us.  There are still loads of great dog friendly events that you can attend:

Bank Holiday weekend beer festival at Hope

A regular event for us, the Old Hall Hotel at Hope always manages to pull off a great day out. There are usually a number of fantastic local real ales to try and often some live music too!  For those “designated drivers” there is a tea room alongside the Old Hall Hotel, which always has a bowl of water for your four legged friend.  There is always a welcome in the Old Hall Hotel pub and dogs are welcome in here too.

Taddington Well Dressing  – 22nd – 29th August 2015

Various locations in the village

11am – 4pm

Hope Show – 31st August 2015

Hope Show is one of the major summer shows in Derbyshire and the Peak District giving an opportunity for large crowds of those who enjoy farming and the countryside to meet & celebrate the year just gone.  It is held every August Bank Holiday Monday with the Sheep Dog trials lasting into Tuesday.

The show includes a wide range of displays, classes and competitions including the Sheepdog trials, Show Jumping, Heavy & Light Horses Showing, Poultry, Cattle and Sheep, including Rare Breeds, Gundogs, Vintage Cars and Motorbikes, Vintage Tractors and Engines, Horticulture, Crafts and lots more.

Alongside these activates there is loads for the children to see & do and plenty of opportunities for everyone to refresh themselves, with the many local food stalls which Hope Show prides itself on.

Foolow Well Dressing – Sunday 6th September 2015  – 10.30am – 4.30pm

Two, both on the Village Green:

  • 1. Main Well Dressing
  • 2. Children’s Well Dressing

How to get there

Foolow is located about 1km north of the A623 Baslow to Chapel-en-le-Frith road at Housley; about 3km west of Eyam.

CAR: you may be able to find a parking space on the village green, although it is closed during the festivities on the Saturday afternoon. Failing this, try along the Housley road; there is a layby just outside the village.


Refreshments served daily in the village hall.

Clownes Well Dressing

This ancient custom is unique to Derbyshire and is the art of making pictures from natural materials. Clowne is a place of springs and the villagers have revived well dressing to mark this. The theme this year is the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta. Well Location Outside Wilkinson’s store, Mill Green Way (S43 4LJ)

Please Note – 9am till 7.00pm

Chatsworth Country Show – 4th – 6th September 2015

A fantastic country show with plenty to see for all the family.  For those with culinary prowess there are some great chefs including Mary Berry (from the Great British Bake Off) and John Torode from Masterchef fame.

The Essex Dog display team is in attendance this year, along with dog agility. There are also gun dog displays and plenty of stalls and attractions to wander around. There are always hundreds of dogs in attendance and there are plenty of water stops for your four legged friend around the show ground.

Big walkies – RSPCA Chesterfield – Sunday 6th September 2015

Calling all dog lovers and their dogs, from the playful puppies to the golden oldies. Big Walkies is coming for you!

Big Walkies is the RSPCA’s own series of sponsored dog walks. This isn’t an everyday walk, this is the Best. Walk. Ever. Say goodbye to the familiar and treat your pet to more trees, more fun, and more reasons to slobber. Your dog will make lots of new doggy friends, and you can make human ones too. Together you and your new friends can have fun and help the RSPCA to protect more animals from cruelty and neglect. Every dog shall have his day!

It only costs £10 for one dog, and £5 for any additional pooches. All humans can come along free!

Lathkill Beer Festival – Friday 11th and Saturday 12th September 2015

The first ever beer festival with 17 real ales and real ciders. For those non beer drinkers there are a good selection of wines and spirits. This is a dog friendly pub near Bakewell.

Sat Nav DE45 1JE

Hartington Wakes sports and Country Show – 13th September

High Fields Hall Bank, Hartington SK17 0AT

There’s so much to do and see at our show  Archery, Blood Hounds –  Parade, Bouncy Castle, Cattle Show Classes, Chase the Bunny,  Climbing Wall,  Craft Stalls,  Donkey Rides, Driving Classes,  Children’s Fun Fair, Food, Fun Dog Show, Grand Parade, Gymkhana, Handicrafts, ‘Have a go’ Flyball, Heavy Horse Showing, Horse showing, Indoor Market, Parade of the Poppy Queen, Peter Hallam with his dog and ducks, Puissance, Sheep Show Classes, Show Jumping, Supreme Champion of Champions! Class for best overall animal of the day, Trade stands & Vintage tractors!

Woofs and Wellies – Sunday 13th September 2015

Woofs and Wellies is everyone’s favourite sponsored dog walk!

The fundraising event has been especially put together for our four-legged friends, with a great chance for you and man’s best friend to walk around the stunning Linacre reservoirs, all for your local hospice.

The walk is taking place on Sunday 13th September at 10am. At the end of the walk, your dog will receive a very special medal of their own, which they can wear with pride.

Register for £5 to take a walk with man’s best friend. Refreshments will be available, both for dogs and their owners, plus all dog will receive a doggy bag!

Please be a responsible dog owner and keep your dogs on leads at all times and remember to bring poo bags!

To register, please visit here

Hayfield Country Show 19th – 20th September 2015

Childrens entertainers, birds of prey, sheep dog trials, fell race, crafts, local food, pet tent, dog agility, gun dog displays.

Another great day out.

How to keep your dog cool in hot weather

With the weather reaching an all time high this July, I thought it might be useful to find a few tips about keeping your dog cool and comfortable in the heat.Solomons temple with Tilly

1. Don’t leave your dog in a hot car, even just for a few minutes.  It’s not worth the risk of harming your dog….

2.  Exercise your dog early in the morning and later in the evening when the temperatures are much cooler. There’s nothing worse than dragging a hot panting dog around in the heat.

3. Keep your dog hydrated. Take a bottle of water on your dog walk and encourage it to drink either during or at the end of a dog walk. Try to remember to keep a travel dog bowl in the car – failing that, you can train your dog to drink out of a clean poop bag – it sounds horrible but it does work.  My dogs are fine with this! Always have a bowl of fresh water at home as well as outside in the garden.

4. Hot dogs will pant to keep cool, and they will start to drool a lot. Keep an eye out and make sure that your dog doesn’t get dehydrated. You can tell if it is, by pulling the skin away from the dog, if it takes a while to spring back, the chances are your dog is dehydrated. Try and avoid this by taking water on your walks as mentioned before.  Darker coated dogs absorb more heat than lighter one’s and this is very evident in my black labs. They seem to soak up the heat and start to pant straight away.

5. Have fun cooling your dog down in the garden by filling a paddling pool with water, or laying damp towels out for your dog and encouraging them to lie on it.  If you have a sprinkler system, then you could spray a fine mist into your garden onto the dogs.  Finally you could use cold water on a piece of kitchen towel and dampen their paws. This is an effective way to cool your dog.

6. Take your dog for a swim! Find a quiet river or pond, that contains clean water not putrid smelly stuff! Let your dog cool down in the hot weather by swimming.  It might be wiser to find somewhere like this when there is less likelihood of it being used by other people. Not everyone likes, wet soggy dogs shaking themselves all over you!



Weekend Walk – Winster

View from the Limestone Way

View from the Limestone Way

Full Walk Distance: 3 miles approximately

Time taken: 1 hour 15 mins possibly longer if your sauntering.

Start point: Winster car park

Sat Nav: For Miners Standard – a pub close to the car park DE4 2DR

Location: The car park can be found just off the B5056.

This walk entails some road walking through Winster at the start and end of the walk, but also includes fields and paths. There is a quite a reasonable section of walled track along the Limestone Way, where you can let your dog off the lead as long as they are well behaved and not likely to jump into fields alongside the track and upset the livestock.

Free car parking – although it is a very small car park and can get very busy with walkers.

If you want to avoid the first section of the walk, which involves a fairly steep downhill stroll to the pick up a footpath towards Bonsall, (which will also avoid a field of sheep and the first section of the Limestone way), you can start from the car park and head up the road towards the pub (The Miners Standard – which is dog friendly) and locate the Limestone Way, which is just off the road signposted to Newhaven.  Start your walk from no 7.

Walk in full

1. From the car park, walk down East Bank, heading down a steep hill through a residential area.

2. Partway down the hill on the right hand side, you will see a foot path signed to Bonsall, which leads between two cottages.

3. Take this footpath and then pass through the stile and into the field, bearing right up towards the trees. Be aware that there may  be cattle and sheep in the next couple of fields.

4. After the stile in the trees, bear left following the well trodden path.

5. Keep passing through stiles, aiming for a lone stile in the middle of a field. Heading underneath some power cables. You then need to bear right in the field and head up towards some gateposts which will lead you on to the Limestone Way.

6. Once on the Limestone Way, follow the path until you meet the road. You are looking for the road signposted Elton and Newhaven.

7. Walk up this road for just a few metres and then turn right onto the Limestone Way. Walk down this footpath for approximately 1/2 mile.

8. Eventually you will reach a cross road in the tracks (don’t carry on along the Limestone Way) instead on your right hand side you will notice a stile which enters the corner of a field.

9. Go through this stile and head towards a delapidated barn in the middle of the field. You will pass to the right of the barn. In summer the barn may be obscured by trees and bushes.

10. You’ll pass through another stile and then cross the road. Be warned the road can be quite busy and the stile that you need to head towards has some rather steep steps down into the field beyond. It was a bit tricky to negotiate with more than one dog!

11. Walk to the right of the field and then pass through another stile in the wall.  Follow the path towards the trees, where you will then walk through open parkland towards the church, where there is a stile in the wall.

12. Walk through the church yard and then when you reach the road, turn right and walk up West Bank, back to the car park.

Walk from the alternate start point

From the car park, walk up the road towards the Miners Standard pub and locate the road signposted Elton & Newhaven. Then follow from step 7 of the full walk.

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