‘The Lake District’ is a National Park in Cumbria on the western side of North England. It is made up of over 80 mountain lakes, glacial tarns and man made reservoirs. The Lake District is home to England’s highest mountain ‘Scafell Pike’ and England’s deepest lake, ‘Wast Water’ and is classed as an AONB ,( Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty). Over the years we have visited several times with our dog Jake. Jake has become a bit of a ‘Wainwright Bagger’ of lakes and tarns, insisting on paddling/swimming in as many as he can. So who better to show you the beauty of ‘The Lake District’ than him. 🙂
Of course there are still several lakes and tarns Jake hasn’t crossed off his list yet. Hopefully he may get the chance to do a few more this year. 🙂
Here are a few dog friendly camp sites we have stopped at in the Lakes.
Ooooh I definatly need a little bit of sunshine. It is sooo grey out there and at times like these I wonder what can I possibly write about? So I thought I would go back in time and tell you about a lovely chilled camping trip we went on in May last year. I really love the sea side so I thought I would try and find a camp site on our own Lancashire coastline. The camping criteria with us is almost always somewhere that is dog friendly, in beautiful countryside and within walking distance of a pub. 🙂 We found the perfect place! ‘Gibralter Farm’ in Silverdale.
The very name ‘Gibralter Farm’ conjours up warm sunshiney days and we were in luck! The campsite is situated on a working farm in the heart of the Silverdale and Arnside Area of Outstanding Natural beauty with gorgeous views over Morecambe Bay. We pitched our tent in the lower left field which is adjacent to a little wooded area where you can camp too.
There are lots of footpaths from the site and if you wander through the woodland there is a perfect little cove where we saw Oyster catchers and Shelduck. Ok I was more excited about the birdlife than my other half but yes I am a bit of a bird nerd!
Even he was impressed that Gibralter Farm has its own resident Green Woodpecker. I spent a lot of time trying to capture its vivid colours on camera but the best I could manage was this siluette shot.
We wandered into the village of Silverdale a couple of times. It has a convenience store,a butchers, tearooms, an Indian restaurant and two pubs ‘The Royal Hotel’ and ‘The Woodlands.’ If you like your real ales and somewhere a little different try ‘The Woodlands'( If you can find it!) which is run by the villagers in an old manor house.It is kind of a bizarre place which also had a pop up victorian tearooms in one of the downstairs rooms when we visited. 🙂
We also had lunch at ‘The Wolf House Gallery ‘ across the road from Gibralter Farm.It was a little expensive but the food was good.
Silverdale itself is in Lancashire and neighboring Arnside only two miles up the road is in Cumbria.Both are well worth a visit. Arnside is a pretty village facing the estuary with a tiny promenade of cafes and gift shops.We took our dog Jake here for some walks on the beach and he made friends with a local dog. 🙂
If you love your wildlife make sure you take a walk round the RSPB Leighton Moss Nature Reserve where you can see all sorts of water fowl in the reeds. Unfortunately as we had Jake there were not to many areas we could take a dog.There is one public walkway where you can walk the hound,on a lead of course.
And a stay here is not complete without sampling the local delicacy ‘Morecambe Bay Potted Shrimps’ which are caught in the shallow waters of the bay. We tried some in the nearby seaside town of Grange Over Sands.
Hopefully we will try and head to Gibralter Farm again this year for a nice relaxing camping trip by the sea. 🙂
Just got back from a few days camping at Manorafon farmhttp://www.manorafon.co.uk/ near Abergele in North Wales. This basic family friendly and dog friendly campsite was just the thing for us ( 2 adults, a tent and a dooog) with its hot showers, distant sea views and only £13 a night.
I don’t know about you but I always like to take a good book camping–especially one I’ve been meaning to read forever and never got round to. The crumbling ruins of Gwrych castle looked over the site so my choice of Mary Shellys gothic horror ‘Frankenstein’ proved to be an inspired choice : )
On our first day we headed over to Anglesey. The beautiful fishing port of Beaumaris is definantly a must visit with its lovely castle and gorgeous craft shops and tearooms.
Then we went over to Benlech with its gorgeous and happily dog friendly beach. Jakey was very happy to go for a paddle. : ) Someone had even carved this welsh dragon in the sand.
The following day we drove inland to the mountains of snowdonia National park. Betws-y-Coed is a picturesque mountain resort crammed full of outdoorsy shops and gift emporiums as well as a railway museum and minature steam train.
My favourite place that we visited was the delightful Conwy ,a harbour town encased in the ancient city walls of Conwy castle.We loved the Quay area especially the ‘smallest house in Britain’. How cute! Being a shorty i could actually live here quite happily I reckon!
Kids and er Bigger kids will love crab fishing from the Quay. A bucket and bait can be bought from Conwy Mussel Museum for £3. Its such good fun and very addictive. : )
Food in wales is yummy too. Two of my favourite places to eat this week and both are short drives from the campsite are The Old Stag at Llangernyw http://www.theoldstag.com which has a very olde worldy decor and The Tides cafe bistro based at the Beach caravan park inbetween Abergele and Llandulas.
All in all we enjoyed a fab camping trip in wales. : )