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






Missing Dog – NOW FOUND SAFE & WELL!!

Missing Dog

Missing Dog


I’ve just been told that the missing dog has been found safe and well on Sunday, near Three Shires Head. What a lovely Christmas present for the owners.  Here’s a photo:

collie dog found

Found safe & well

Thanks to all the lovely people who have been out looking for him. There’s a lot of good people out there.




Dog missing since yesterday, around 10am.

He is a very timid dog, having recently been rescued by his new owners at the weekend.  He was out walking with his new owner, when he sadly slipped his lead having panicked.

Buxton Weather have posted this update:

Please keep an eye out tonight, Wednesday 3rd December for a missing dog – lost near Grin Low, Buxton on Tuesday – possible sightings in the Haslin area of Harpur Hill – He is an 18 month springer/border collie cross. He is wearing an orange collar with a bright  yellow tag identifying him as being chipped – any sightings please, to  07801 381164 or 07840 985132. UPDATE – more sightings through Wednesday in the Haslin, Heathfield Nook, Staden lane areas. By now he will be hungry so we are telling everyone to try to lure him with a few treats.

Please keep your eyes peeled for this lovely dog and help us get him back to his new owners.



Dog Walks in the Peak District – with no stiles!

Tilly at Surprise ViewThe lovely people at Wet Nose Publishing Ltd have sent me a couple of books perfectly suited for the dog walker. They are Countryside Dog Walks in the Peak District – South (White Peak area) and also one for the Peak District – North.

  • They are beautifully illustrated books (with lots of lovely photographs) – if only the Peak District was this sunny all the time!!
  • There are 20 walks contained in each book, which range from Easy to Challenging. Each individual walk gives a summary of the distance, what grade e.g. easy, medium or challenging and how long it is estimated to take, pretty useful if you are time restrained.
  • The walk descriptions helpfully tell you if you are likely to encounter sheep and cattle, which is very useful if you have a dog which is likely to react to either. There are useful little maps which indicate the direction that the walks will take, although I would still have a copy of an Ordnance Survey map or similar on your phone, just in case you take a wrong turn!
  • The only thing I would say, is that the book advertises itself as “20 graded walks with no stiles” – yet there is a squeezer stile in Walk 14 Over Haddon (Peak District South) which is particularly narrow. Whilst these are not the tradional wooden stiles that you climb over, they are worse, certainly for larger dogs, as they are two pieces of solid stone that you have to squeeze through. Quite often there is no other way around!  That said, the walk description does warn you of the stiles right at the start, so you won’t get caught out.
  • These books are a great accompaniment to a holiday in the Peak District with your dog.

Events in September with your dog

Matlock Bath Illuminations 6th September to 25th October 2014

Matlock Bath, Derbyshire DE4 3NR

You might wish to avoid the fireworks nights with your dog, see the website for further details.

Hartington Wakes 14th September 2014

This country show will feature livestock, stalls, a bar, local produce ad handicrafts including “Hartington Young People’s Activity Club, who will be organising the “family Games” in the main ring.

Venue: “High Fields”, Hall Bank, Hartington.  SK17 OAT
Note: The Blessing of the Wells takes place the day before on Saturday 13th September.

Hayfield Country Show & Sheep Dog Trials – 20th – 21st September
Check the Hayfield show website for full details.


Best dog poop bags

I swear by these poop bags. They don’t split, even if you inadvertently get twigs and leaves caught up in the bag. They are very strong, and you can’t see the poop in them if you are having to walk along with the poop bag for a while.  They have very useful tie handles and have a pleasant scented smell.
I have never bought the easy scoop gadget that these are apparently refills for. I just buy these bags on their own and they are great.

Best dog walking coat

Jack murphy coatMy all time favourite coat for dog walking in wet weather is the Jack Murphy Malvern Bush Coat. It is a full length coat, which when worn with long boots such as wellies or country boots, keeps you covered from head to toe. It’s a lot easier to sling on the coat and walk out the door, than worry about shimmying into waterproof trousers and then pulling your walking boots on. The only minor downside that I can see, is that if it is windy the coat can sometimes blow open below the zip and you might get wet knees. However, this is only a minor gripe, and I would definitely buy another coat when mine finally wears out.

You can even get a matching hat to wear if you wish! Not that I’ve gone that far…… yet!

Country shows in August

Chatsworth Country Fair - dogsCountry shows are a great day out for the family and your dog, so I thought I would give you a few dates for some shows in August.

16th August: Ashbourne Show at Osmaston. DE6 1LU

25th August: Hope Show, in Hope, including sheepdog trials, gun dog displays, tractors etc.

29th -31st August: Chatsworth Country Fair, at Chatsworth. A three day event, not to be missed.

All of these shows welcome dogs and often provide bowls of water around the show ground. I know that Chatsworth is good at doing this. However, make sure that you take a few doggie snacks and treats with you, as they’ll be doing a lot of sitting around when you are watching the displays.  Above all, enjoy a great day out with your dog! He’ll be pooped at the end of the day!

Would you pay £100 for dog walking wellies?

If you’d have asked me a year ago if I would have been prepared to spend a £100 or more on wellies, I would have said “No way”, but having thrown out countless pairs of split wellies, I decided to invest in a pair of leather country boots. I figured that since they were made of leather, they would last longer, and if I managed to keep them for more than one year, I would be financially better off, as it was costing me at least £40 every time I bought a pair of muck boots, and they were only lasting about 3 months before they split across the top of the boot.
After a lot of research I found a pair that would suit me. Sadly I don’t have stick thin legs, so I need the wider fitting boots for my chunky calves. The pair of boots that I found fitted this description. They were also waterproof and had well insulated soles, so no cold feet in the winter. Even better, I could tuck my jeans in too. These are the pair I chose….

I’ve now been wearing them for over a year now, and they are still going strong. If I was going to make any negative comment, it would be that the boots sag around the ankle a bit. Having said that, I have seen people wearing other types of country boots, which seem to do the same thing.

Recently, I have been looking around for a second pair of boots, and would really like to get another pair of Toggi’s, but just to double check, I have been trawling the website to see if there are any other possible alternatives. There are a couple that seem to stand out.

A popular mums website was recommending neoprene lined boots, in particular, Aigle. Having done a bit more research, there seems to be a good pair of boots which are suitable for dog walking, called Aigle Parcours. They seem to come in a range of colours and styles and many are unisex fit. The one’s that I am more interested in, are the ones with the adjustable strap. These are more likely to cater for the chunkier calves. You can see a picture of them here:

Finally, the last pair of boots that were recommended were called Derwent Muck Boots, now I’m not sure if the picture I am showing you is actually Derwent boots, but they are definitely muck boots. The reviews for these are great for dog walking, but to be honest, for the money, I would rather buy another pair of my favourite Toggi Canyon Boots. because for similar money, they are leather and may possibly last longer……

Here’s a picture of the muck boots if you are interested….

If you can recommend a pair of favourite wellie boots for dog walking, then please let me know. I’m always looking out for different options!


12 things to do with your dog in the Peaks

Here’s some ideas for what to do today with your dog!

1. Take a walk in Grinlow Woods, Buxton, where your dog can run around the woodlands and burn off some energy. Later you can visit the Pooles Cavern coffee shop, which is a dog friendly cafe, and have a nice warm drink – with your dog by your side. Please note that the cavern itself is not dog friendly, but you are more than welcome to walk through into the coffee shop and enjoy refreshments for you and your dog!

2. Explore the Monsal Trail, and discover one of the many dog friendly pubs nearby. Check our Dogs Welcome in the Peak District guide for more details of which pubs are dog friendly.

3. Visit Bakewell on a Monday, and walk around the market. You can follow this with a drink at a dog friendly cafe or one of the dog friendly pubs in Bakewell. Check our Dog Friendly Bakewell guide for more information.

4. Make a trip to Monyash and take a walk down Lathkill Dale, or try our Monyash Meander walk in our Dog Friendly Bakewell guide. You can finish your day with a visit to the Old Smithy tearooms, who welcome dogs.

5. Visit Monsal Head and walk down into Monsal Dale. Your dog will enjoy running free in Monsal Dale. You can enjoy a drink or a meal in The Stables Bar, back up at Monsal Head, when you’ve both tired from all the fresh air and exercise.

6. Go and see the Crich Tramway Museum. Dogs are welcome to enjoy a ride on a tram. Please check their website for opening times, there are sometimes restrictions on services during the winter months.

7. Enjoy a walk from the picturesque Ashford in the Water and enjoy either a dog friendly cafe or a dog friendly pub. Check our Dog Friendly Bakewell guide for more details.

8. Spend an afternoon wandering around Chatsworth House grounds, you will be pleased to know they allow dogs in the Gardens as long as they are on a lead.

9. Travel to the Eastern Moors near to Sheffield and experience the open spaces of the moors and heather. Enjoy a National Trust walk and stop off at The Grouse inn, which is dog friendly. You can eat with your dog in the conservatory area at the back (limited seating) or there are several benches and tables outside.

10. Visit Black Rocks at Cromford and enjoy a varied walk with your dog through woodlands and open spaces. There are way marked trails, but also plenty of footpaths for those with a local map.

11. If you fancy a woodland walk, check out dog walk section at the top of the page.

Recipe for Puppy Porridge

First puppy porridge Day 24

First puppy porridge Day 24

It’s been a momentous morning, the puppies have eaten their first puppy porridge!
We have been giving them puppy milk for the last week, but decided that it was time to start filling their tummies up a little bit more. Needless to say, the porridge was a great hit! A bit messy, but now that we have got the proper play pen surrounding the whelping pen, we have more room to serve breakfast, lunch and tea!

Here’s the recipe:
Makes 4 small bowls (multiply quantities where necessary)

You will need:
200 ml hot water (70C) to mix with milk powder
100 ml milk powder (we use Royal Canin, but use whatever brand you have, served at the appropriate quantities)
100 g dry puppy kibble (we use Beta Large breed puppy)

1. Soak the puppy kibbles in hot/boiling water for a few hours (overnight is good)
2. Once the water has soaked up into the kibbles, make up the puppy milk according to manufacturers instructions.
3. Put the soaked puppy kibbles into a blender and add the milk, blend.
4. Put the blended mixture into puppy bowls and serve.

Make sure the puppy porridge is not too hot when served, it should be luke warm.


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) (Tuesday 15th – Thursday 17th April)

Contact tel: 01629 823076
Times: 9.30 – 6pm

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

Easter Treasure Hunt – Castleton – Thursday 17th April

Venue: Castleton Visitors Centre
Time: 11-4pm
Contact tel: 01433 620679

Follow two trails: one on foot around Castleton village, the other
involving an approximately 10 mile drive taking in Edale and the Upper Hope
Valley. Whether you follow just one or both is up to you. For the driving
trail, bring sufficient money for pay and display car parks at Castleton, Edale
and Hope. Both trails finish back at Castleton Visitor Centre where there will
be Easter themed activities and a small reward for those who successfully
complete the trails.

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): 11:00am – 4:00pm

Dogs are allowed on leads around the parkland.

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

Organiser: National Trust Hardwick
Location: Hardwick Hall
Time(s): 11:00am – 4:00pm

Contact tel: 01246 850430
Cost: £3

Enjoy Easter egg trails across the Hall, Gardens and Park. Also
children’s games and crafts in the Stableyard.

Easter Egg Trails – Longshaw Estate (Friday 18th – Monday 21st April)

Organiser: Lucy Chadburn, National Trust
Location: Longshaw Estate Visitor Centre
Time(s): 10:30am – 3:30pm

Contact tel: 01433 637904
Cost: £3

Find the painted eggs hidden around the Longshaw estate and win a prize.
Bring the family along to hunt out the painted Easter eggs hidden around
Longshaw to win a prize. There will be plenty of fun, face-painting and a
colouring competition for everyone to enjoy.

Easter Fine Food Market – Leek (Saturday 19th April)

Organiser: Kevin Hulme
Location: The Market Place, Leek
Time(s): 9:00am – 3:pm

Contact tel: 07766 1604920pm

The Fine Food Market brings together local and regional specialist food
producers, with cookery demonstrations and musical entertainment.
Why not indulge in a little of what you fancy?

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 £13. Snr £10.50. Child £8. Family £35

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.