People who like to go walking long distances with their dogs are being encouraged to get on board with a new concept — the dog and pub crawl hiking trend.
This trend is becoming popular across the UK thanks to an increasing number of microbreweries making their way to more remote locations. Langdale in the Lake District appears to be leading the way when it comes to walkers wanting to taste a great beer and do so while inviting their canine companions into dog-friendly pubs. In fact, walkers and residents have labelled this establishment as offering the ‘best beer garden in the world’.
Join Flogas, which can provide pubs in remote locations off-grid with specialist gas bottle refill services, as they detail why you should consider the Lake District as the perfect location to get behind the dog and pub crawl hiking trend…
Enjoy a walk before stopping at a pub
You should be sure to get out and explore some of the Lake District’s fascinating sights with your canine companion before setting your sights on the area’s dog-friendly pubs. To begin, why not climb the pyramid-shaped mountain that is Bowfell, the sixth-highest mountain in the Lake District and one of the most popular? From here, you can continue along Crinkle Crags to Cold Pike and then finish at Pike O’ Blisco, which will lead you back down to the bottom of the valley again.
Recommended dog-friendly pubs to visit in the Lake District
Once you’ve reached the bottom of the valley, you will likely be ready to take in some of the Lake District’s best dog-friendly pubs to enjoy some refreshments and relax. Here’s three that are highly recommended to you and man’s best friend:
New Dungeon Ghyll
The New Dungeon Ghyll serves a collection of real ales and craft beers — including Westmorland Gold, a Golden Ale that’s brewed right in the heart of the Lake District by Barngates Brewery. There will also be a doggy bowl waiting in the Walker’s Bar for when they get thirsty as well.
Just a short walk away from the New Dungeon Ghyll is Sticklebarn. As it’s a National Trust pub, the Sticklebarn ensures that all its meals are prepared freshly on the premises, whilst stocking real ales on top alongside speciality bottled beers.
Both well-behaved dogs and those which are a bit muddy from hiking are both welcome in Sticklebarn. This is because dog towels, water bowls, and doggy treats are all provided here, and there is even a special doggy menu for when you’re enjoying a pint of real ale.
For a local flavour, look no further than the Wainwrights Inn. This dog-friendly pub serves Coniston, a local brewery based in Cumbria. Try the Coniston Bluebird Bitter – an exceedingly pale beer that has a hint of colour.
These are only three examples of dog-friendly pubs just waiting to be found in the Lake District though. Get out there with your canine companion and start following your own trail today, making sure you stop off at every pub along the way so you and your dog can get a true taste of what the Lake District has to offer.