New Puppies! – Introduction

Puppies 1st May Day 2For those of you who are familiar with our site, you will know that our black Labrador Tilly, had a litter of 10 pups a couple of years ago, and we blogged about our experience at the time, and called it the Pitter Patter of Tiny Paws!

We are pleased to announce that Tilly has had her second and final litter last week and is now the proud mum of 9 puppies, whom I can hear squeaking as I write this post!

We have got nine healthy pups, 5 dogs and 4 bitches, so we have really got our hands full for the next 8 weeks!

Sleeping puppies

The puppies are being kept in the house with us, so they will experience all the sights and sounds of a busy household, which should make the transition from here to their new homes a lot easier.

Over the next few weeks, we will be blogging at the end of each week to let you know how the puppies are progressing. Sometimes we will include video and also photos to capture the moments as they arise.

So keep reading our posts and find out how Tilly and pups are getting on!

Buy our Pub Guide – for less than the price of a pint of beer!

For less than the price of a pint of beer, you can now download our new guide Dogs Welcome in the Peak District.   We have listed over 100 pubs, cafes and attractions which are dog friendly.

No more lurking outside pubs, trying to see if they will accept dogs. You can now walk in with confidence and enjoy drinks and meals with your dog, in the comfort of some beautiful pubs in the Peak District.

Fancy a pint, sat next to a log fire with your dog?

Perhaps you’re camping, and need to know which attractions you can take your dog to? Do you need to entertain the children and the dog at the same time?  Wouldn’t it be nice to know which pubs you can visit, for a warm and some hot food at the end of a long and tiring day outdoors….

Check out our guide, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the choice of places.

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






RSPCA Sponsored Dog Walk – raising money for responsible dog ownership

RSPCA Sponsored Dog WalkRSPCA sposored dog walk poster2

Date: 17th August 2014 9am-4pm

Venue: Macclesfield Forest (SK11 0NS)

Organisers of the RSPCA sponsored dog walk in the Macclesfield Forest have asked me to explain the reasons for the dog walk and give you some information about how you can join in. Here’s what they have told me:

“Macclesfield Forest is a very scenic area with several walks which up to now have been open to all dog walkers. However, there is a significant problem with dog fouling on walkways within the area itself and at times with owners not controlling their pets properly. This could lead to measures being taken to prohibit certain walks currently open to the public.  health risks, threats to wildlife and their habitats, to mention just a few.  The local RSPCA (Macclesfield, SE Cheshire & Buxton branch) & Stapeley Grange RSPCA Wildlife Centre, supported by United Utilities (owners of the forest and the reservoirs) and the Peak District Park Authority (who provide a warden at the site) are staging a sponsored dog walk as a community initiative to raise public awareness of ‘responsible dog ownership’ and to spread general messages about animal protection and conservation.”

Details, application form and sponsorship form are all available to download on their website:

Only One Pup left….

Green boyWe would like to find a lovely forever home for “Green Boy” nicknamed Indy.  He is a lovely friendly pup, and is the last one left of a litter of 9. We are keeping one, so he does still have a litter mate with him, but we would really like to find some friendly new owners for him.

He will have had all his innoculations and he will be micro-chipped. Please get in touch if you are interested.

Tel: 01298 85131 and ask for Jane.

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.



A day out in Buxton with your dog

Tilly waiting to board the Buxton Tram

Tilly waiting to board the Buxton Tram

If you are looking for a nice day out with your dog, then you need look no further than Buxton.  With a host of dog friendly pubs and local attractions there is something for everyone, including the Buxton Tram affectionately known as “The Wonder of the Peak”.
Superb Scenic Walks
If you want to blow those cobwebs away then Buxton has a host of wonderful dog friendly walks on hand.
Goyt Valley – located in the Peak District National Park this area combines picturesque valley, moorland, river and reservoir scenery to offer to truly mind blowing scenery.  With a variety of different trails to follow, some short, some long there really is something for everyone, including a flat trail if needed.  It is an ideal area for dogs although it is important you read all the necessary safety signs as there can be ground nesting birds during the months of March to July.  Dogs are always welcome though, so bring a ball and a picnic and have a lovely day out!
Solomon’s Temple – an old Victorian viewing temple located at the top of Grin Low in Buxton County Park provides a stunning platform to view the surrounding Peak District landscape and the bubbling town of Buxton below.  A fantastic walk provides a good way to tire even the most energetic of pooches (and owners) out.
Where to eat and drink
Nothing works up the appetite like a good walk along the hills and the rush of fresh air.  If you decide not to pack a picnic then you might want to think about finding somewhere you and your pack can settle down for a tasty treat.
Luckily Buxton affords many dog friendly pubs both in and around the area.
The Church Inn at Chelmorton – an undisputed unspoilt corner of England situated opposite the village Church, this pub offers traditional pub fare (with produce sourced locally wherever possible) and a happy hearth for your four legged friend to curl up on during those colder days.
The Old Tap House – renowned for its craft beer this gem of a pub serves an amazing choice of ales as well as a selection of home cooked meals (including a good range of vegetarian options).
The Courtyard in Buxton –this wine and coffee bar is well known locally for its charming and cosy setting with sharing platters and tapas boards to fight over!
Barabellas – situated in the town centre this British cuisine restaurant offers a warm welcome to your favourite pooch (but sorry, the kids will have to stay outside due to licensing laws).  Excellent food in a relaxed atmosphere.

Road trip to Dark Peak District

Tilly on the Sett Valley Trail

Tilly on the Sett Valley Trail

Last week, I needed to go to Manchester for a quick business trip. Since I didn’t want to leave Tilly at home, I decided to find some dog walks along the way.

Travelling from Buxton, I followed the A6 to Chapel en le Frith and then turned off the dual carriageway and carried on along the A624 to Hayfield (eventually leading to Glossop). My first dog walk began at Hayfield, where I parked up and walked along the Sett Valley trail, which is a 2.5 cycle and bridleway trail which links Hayfield to New Mills.

View from Sett Valley Trail

View from Sett Valley Trail

It is a linear walk which follows a former railway line through countryside with some lovely views of reservoirs and hillside views. The first section of the path leads to Birch Vale where you need to cross a relatively busy road to continue along the Sett Valley trail. I continued along this path for a little longer and met quite a few fellow dog walkers along the way.

It is useful to know that there are lots of footpaths which lead off the Sett Valley trail and I noticed that you could walk up to Lantern Pike, however a copy of the The Peak District: Dark Peak Area (OS Explorer Map) would prove very useful if you wanted to develop a circular walk of your own.Sett Valley trail signs

Tilly and I were out for about an hour and a quarter and enjoyed a lovely linear walk.

Having arrived back at the car, it was time for a quick breakfast for Tilly and a comfort stop for me. There are toilets in the pay and display car park, which are very welcome on a  road trip!

I continued on to Manchester and spent a couple of hours working, whilst Tilly had a well deserved snooze in the car. Our journey back was via Glossop and our destination was Torside reservoir and the Longendale Trail. From Glossop you follow the B6105 towards the A628.

Views of reservoir from Torside

Views of reservoir from Torside

The Longendale trail is another path which is used by both walkers and cyclists but has beautiful views of reservoirs and dramatic hillsides. There is a good visitors car park at Torside which also has toilets. Whilst the car park is pay and display, you can use your Peak District visitors car park pass if you have one.

You can choose to walk in either direction along the trail, the Woodhead tunnel is at one end, whilst Hadfield is signposted in the other direction. Either one will allow to give your dog a good stretch of his/hers legs…….

Finally after a long day on the road we headed home via Glossop and then Chapel before heading down the A6 back to Buxton.


Woofs and Wellies Sponsored Walk

woofs and wellies Come and join in the doggie fun and raise money for Ashgate hospice at the same time! Woofs and Wellies – Sunday 16th March 2014 Woofs and Wellies is back for a fourth year and all four-legged friends and their owners are welcome to join in the fun! Woofs and Wellies is a sponsored dog walk around Linacre’s three reservoirs,  totalling 4.5 miles. Registration is only £5 per person (dogs walk for free!) and every single penny raised from sponsorship will go towards the care of patients and their families at Ashgate Hospice. You can register here. Or download and print and Entry form here.

Visiting Glossop with your dog

Longendale trail

Part of the Longendale Trail

Glossop is a relatively unexplored haven for dog owners. The market town is tucked away in the north west of the National Park, just 15 miles from Manchester, and is known as the “gateway to the Peak District.”  Not only is Glossop a picturesque town to enjoy a stroll around, it is also a great place from which to explore the foothills of the Pennines.

When it comes to dog walks, Glossop has a huge number of possibilities. From the five-mile circuit around Digley Reservoir or the treks around Torside Reservoir and Ladybower Reservoir, where getting wet is a distinct possibility for most dogs, to countryside walks high above the town, Glossop has an array of options.

For the more genteel, a meander through Manor Park or Howard Park is as good as you’ll find, or take a leisurely stroll on the walk from Broadbottom to Hadfield stations, Glossop to Broadbottom stations or Hadfield to Glossop stations (the choice is yours!). Alternatively, take a walk along Harehills Park and its riverside footpath.

For something more vigorous and energy consuming, from Little Hayfield take a walk to Cowan Edge, a huge cliff side which once formed part of a quarry. Once at the top, you’ll get stunning views over Glossop and of Bleaklow. Also from you Little Hayfield dog friendly paths lead to Rowarth that are well worth exploring.

From Old Glossop, there is an equally challenging dog walk up to the top of Bleaklow Mountain. Start from the top of Shepley Street and head up to the top for some spectacular views.

The Longendale trail which follows the former Woodhead railway line is also worth a visit. It is popular with families and cyclists and is a relatively smooth flat path which you can access at Hadfield, Torside Reservoir or the Woodhead tunnel.

After all of that, you and your dog will have well and truly earned a drink or something to eat and Glossop has plenty of pubs and cages which are dog friendly.

Commercial Inn on Manor Park Road, the Queens Arms in Shepley Street, the Grouse Inn on Chunal Road and the Pear Tree on Hadfield Road are just some of the pubs where your dog will be as warmly as welcomed as you are, while outside of the town the dog friendly pubs include the Snake Pass Inn in Ladybower and the Pack Horse and the Sportsman in Hayfield.

Enjoying the Peak District with your dog

Tilly in the Goyt Valley

Tilly in the Goyt Valley

The Peak District is an ideal place to visit with your dog, it has glorious views from up high, picturesque villages and attractions galore with many places to explore for both man and dog.

The towns of Ashbourne, Bakewell, Buxton and Matlock offer central points from which you can head out to see the attractions of the Peak District and the Hope Valley – all with an abundance of dog friendly cafes and pubs too to ensure you don’t go hungry or thirsty.

Among the must-do walks you’ll find in the Peak District are The Monyash Meander following the Limestone Way, through the tunnels of Wye Dale on the Monsal Trail, the Bakewell Loop which offers spectacular views of the town, the Cromford and The High Peak Incline close to Matlock and Black Rocks in Cromford.

There are also an abundance of woodland walks and National Trust walks that you simply won’t get through in one visit to the Peak District. Why not take a stroll through Hardwick Hall or Kedleston Hall, where dogs are well thought of and catered for, or head east towards Sheffield for several beautiful woodland walks.

The Peak District isn’t just about the walks though, because you’ll find that your dog is welcome at some many of the attractions.

The Peak Rails heritage line runs between Rowsley and Matlock on part of the old Midland Railway line which ran between Manchester and London St Pancras and dogs are welcome on the train.

Dog Friendly steam trains

Dog Friendly steam trains

Pets are also welcome on the trams at the Crich Tramway museum near Matlock, where there is also woodland and sculpture trails to enjoy. Dogs can also take a ride on the Buxton Tram, a converted milk float known as “The Wonder of the Peak” which tours this lovely town.

Tilly waiting to board the Buxton Tram

Tilly waiting to board the Buxton Tram

In Buxton, Poole’s Cavern is well worth walking around – although dogs are not permitted due to safety reasons. They are, however, allowed in Treak Cliff Cavern in Castleton with the cavern thought to be the only place in the world where Blue John stone naturally occurs.

You will find that the Peak District has so many things to see and do and a day or week in the Peak District will leave you and your pets wondering just how long it will be until you return to the national park.