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 Walk in Eyam

Photo by DncnH

Photo by DncnH

A brief history of Eyam

During the Plague, the village of Eyam suffered dreadfully, as did many of the Peak District villages. However, the locals attempted to stop the disease being spread further, by putting themselves in quarantine. Apparently the plague virus had been brought into the village by a local tailor on some infected cloth which he had bought whilst in London. The tailor himself died quickly, and 250 other villagers also died, including the rectors wife (the rector himself had instigated the quarantine).  Eyam – is often referred to as the Plague village, and there are some nice walks and some lovely dog friendly cafes to visit afterwards.

Try the Cafe Village Green, which is in The Square in Eyam, and also Eyam Tea Rooms, just across the road.

Our walk (in brief)

1. I parked in Eyam Hall car park (this is a National Trust car park, you’ll need to be a member to park here). Other parking is available, just follow the signs in the village.

2. I turned left and walked up main street, until I reached what was once a public house. I then turned left into Tideswell Lane and followed this up the hill and then turned left onto Windmill Lane. If you have an OS map, there is a loop which takes you around Dunlow Farm and eventually loops back into Tideswell Lane, but there are a lot of sheep and lambs in these fields and dogs must be kept on leads.

3. Instead of taking the loop around Dunlow Farm, because I was short of time and wanted to get to the coffee shop before it closed, I simply turned left down Dunlow Lane, which actually brought me back to the rear of the Eyam Hall car park. I did notice that there were footpath signs to The Delf and Eyam Dale which looked quite interesting so that’s maybe for another day!

I’ve grabbed a quick google map so that you can see the location, hopefully it will help you gain your bearings around the village. You may find you need to expand the map to see all the details and road names.

Dog Friendly Cafes in the Hope Valley

Hathersage Social Club previously Elliotts: Station Road, Hathersage, Hope Valley. S32 1DD  Tel: 01433 650203

Old Hall Tea Room: The Old Hall Hotel, Market Place, Hope, Hope Valley. S33 6RH  Tel: 01433 620160

Woodbine Cafe: 18 Castleton Rd, Hope, Hope Valley. S33 6RD

Three roofs Cafe: The Island, Castleton, Hope Valley. S33 8WN  Tel: 01433 620533

Village Green Café: The Square, Eyam, Hope Valley. S32 5RB  Tel: 01433 631293

Eyam Tea Rooms: The Square, Eyam, Hope Valley. S32 5RB Tel: 01433 631274

 

Weekend Walk: Chatsworth or Eyam?

Chatsworth Horse Trials

This weekend sees the Chatsworth Horse Trials gallop into town (Fri/Sat & Sun 13th – 15th May 2016). This is a great day out for all the family, including your furry friends. They are usually very well catered for at Chatsworth, with plenty of water being available around the show ground for your dog. We go every year, and I am always amazed at the number of dogs that visit – it’s really good to see.

Be prepared to walk a lot! You can follow the riders around the course and watching some spectacular horsemanship. I promise that both you and the dogs will be exhausted by all the fresh air and exercise that you will get!

There are also great trade stands ranging from country clothing, food and drink,  and several pet supply stands. I am hoping that we might find some new dog beds this year, and I could do with some more really tough dog toys/chews. Mackie loves to chew, and we can’t leave socks or shoes anywhere near him, as he will consider them fair game and eat them!!

A walk in Eyam

If horses aren’t your thing, then how about visiting Eyam (The Plague Village – or at least was…). I went there this week for a wander around with the dogs. We had a nice mooch around the village and then I visited one of the coffee shops which I know is dog friendly, and they now have a window sticker on their front door. Thanks to the staff at Cafe Village Green, which is in The Square in Eyam.

Whilst I was there, I saw another coffee shop almost opposite which I haven’t been in before, but a quick bit of research on Trip Advisor revealed that they are also dog friendly, so I will be taking a trip back to Eyam to take a window sticker to Eyam Tea Rooms, also on The Square.

Our walk (in brief)

1. I parked in Eyam Hall car park (this is a National Trust car park, you’ll need to be a member to park here). Other parking is available, just follow the signs in the village.

2. I turned left and walked up main street, until I reached what was once a public house. I then turned left into Tideswell Lane and followed this up the hill and then turned left onto Windmill Lane. If you have an OS map, there is a loop which takes you around Dunlow Farm and eventually loops back into Tideswell Lane, but there are a lot of sheep and lambs in these fields and dogs must be kept on leads.

3. Instead of taking the loop around Dunlow Farm, because I was short of time and wanted to get to the coffee shop before it closed, I simply turned left down Dunlow Lane, which actually brought me back to the rear of the Eyam Hall car park. I did notice that there were footpath signs to The Delf and Eyam Dale which looked quite interesting so that’s maybe for another day!

I’ve grabbed a quick google map so that you can see the location, hopefully it will help you gain your bearings around the village. You may find you need to expand the map to see all the details and road names.

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
War.

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

Email: enquiries@sandybrook.co.uk

Website: http://www.sandybrook.co.uk

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

Email: enquiries@darwinforest.co.uk

Website: http://www.darwinforest.co.uk

Twitter: @darwinforest

Facebook: Darwin Forest

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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!