The Pendleside village of Barley and the surrounding area are fast becoming a favorite haunt of mine. Back in october we walked the Pendle Sculpture Trail with some friends. Since then we have returned a couple of times with our labrador pup Hugo. On Sunday the sun shone so we headed over the hill and I snapped a couple of photos. Unfortunately Pendle itself was shrouded in mist. A spooky reminder of the areas witchy connections.
I’m sure we will be returning again as there are still a few sculptures we keep missing out on. And the Barley Mow pub in the village has just reopened. Both Inns there do food and are dog friendly. So where better to go for a walk and a bite to eat!
It’s raining cats and dogs and you’re out and about in Clitheroe with your four legged friend.Its not beer garden weather, so where can you and Rover ( or Hugo in my case!) shelter from the rain, sit down with a coffee, relax with a pint, or indeed indulge in a little reTail therapy? Check out these places with your pooch…..after a run in the castle grounds of course!
Attire ~Quality Men’s wear and formal Hire wear specialists. Dogs welcomed with a treat here. 🙂 , 9 Market Place.
Avista Travel ~ Travel agency. 3 Castle street.
Banana News~ News agents. Castle Street.
Barclays Bank ~ Castle Street. Bodycare~ Health and beauty. Castle Street.
Boho Chic ~ Fairtrade and bohemian ladies fashion, gifts and accessories. New Market Street.
Boots ~ Castle Street.
Borough Printing Shop ~ York Street.
Cancer Research ~ Castle Street.
Clitheroe Books ~ Second hand book store. Moor Lane.
Clitheroe Market .~ Traditional Outdoor market off New Market Street.
Clitheroe Lighting Centre ~ Moor Lane.
Cowgills ~ Newsagents & toys. 4-6 Market Place.
Dawson’s Department Store ~ Homewares, gifts and DIY. 56 King Street.
D Byrne & Sons ~ Award winning fine wines & spirit merchants, a famous Clitheroe independent wine emporium. King Street.
Emporium Home Interiors ~ Beautiful interiors and gifts.
EQ Woman ~ Women’s Clothing Boutique. Moor Lane.
Fat Face~ Clothing store. The Victoria,Market Place.
The Flower Shop ~ Fresh flowers, plants & gifts. Well gate.
General Post Office. King street.
Green Jersey. ~ Bicycle shop. Old Shawbridge Sawmill. Also has a café bar inside. See Bowland Distillery Café Bar.
Homebase ~ DIY Store. Queensway.
Hoody Marvellous ~ T shirt printing. Swan Courtyard.
Hope ~ Men’s Clothing. King Street.
House Of Cards ~ Greeting cards and gifts. Castle Street.
Imagine ~ Contemporary Art, Giftware and Framing. Moor Lane.
Ken Varey’s Outdoor World. ~ Town and Country wear. New Market Street.
Knowle Top Studio ~ Art Gallery specialising in local photographic art. Castle gate.
Little House Of Oasis ~ Women’s fashions. Market Place.
M & Co ~ Ladies, Gents & Kids clothing and Homeware. Castle Street.
Nettleton’s ~ Jewellers. You and your four legged friend may be lucky enough to be greeted by little shop dog ‘Dolly’. Castle Street.
Nooshoos ~ Independent shoe shop. King Lane.
The Original Factory Shop ~ Discounted clothing, homewares, toys and gifts. Shawbridge Street.
Number Ten Literature & Lifestyle ~ Independent book shop specialising in all genres of crime. Also sells quirky gifts and cards. Treats available for doggy visitors. Moor Lane near the Castle entrance.
Paint Pot ~ Paint your own pottery studio. Dogs can get involved too. 🙂 1, Swan Courtyard.
Platform Gallery ~ Contemporary arts and crafts and visitor centre. Station Road by the Railway station. Party People ~ Greeting cards and Fancy dress. 12 Castlegate.
Pendle Stitches ~ Wool Shop. Moor Lane.
Pets At Home. Everything for pet care. Whalley Road.
Phillip Michael ~ Hair studio. Duck Street.
Premier Stores ~ Corner shop chain with shops dotted round the town.
Purdie Oak ~ Luggage, bags & gift shop. Castle Street.
Roost ~ Beautiful gifts and interiors for you and your home. Moor Lane.
R Favourite Shop ~ Locally sourced crafts and homewares. 18 Castlegate.
RSPCA ~ Charity shop. Castle Street. Raffia ~ Contemporary and unique gifts and cards. King street.
Rue 5 ~ Jewellers. King Street.
Seasons ~ Ladies clothing and accessories. King Street.
The Shop Of Hope ~ Fairtrade, environmentally friendly, local art & crafts etc. 37 Castle Street.
Stove Living ~ Fireplaces and Wood Burning stoves. The Pawfect place to get warm. 😉 Moor Lane.
Smug Fox ~ Rustic Interiors, Vintage Furniture and beautiful home accessories. 2 Shawbridge street.
La Tete Et Tout ~ Women’s Clothing and accessories. Moor Lane.
Tile Productions~ Bespoke and original tiling company, Dean’s Court, Link 59 Industrial estate.
Up & Running ~ Specialist Running shop. Castle Gate.
W H Smith ~ Newsagents & stationary. Castle Street.
Wuffit Mix. ~ Petfood supplies at Dugdale Nutrition. Friendly welcome and treats for the dogs. Bellman Mill, Salthill.
Cafes & Places to Eat.
The Atrium ~ Handy café in the grounds of Clitheroe Castle, so perfect for a pit-stop with your pooch. Treats available at the counter and water provided.
Bowland Distillery Café/Bar ~ Café bar within the Green Jersey cycle shop on Shawbridge Street. Look out for their ‘Doggy of the week’ competition on Facebook, where four- legged friends can win a complimentary bottle of pawsecco. 🙂
Betty May’s Kitchen ~ Café, Coffee Shop & Cakery. Another ideal place for a brew, yummy home-baked cake or cooked breakfast, after a walk round Clitheroe Castle. Why not try Betty’s Belly Buster breakfast ! 22 Woone Lane.
Callooh Callay ~ Alice In Wonderland inspired Tea Room. It is ok to sit with your dog at the window tables in the front of the café. 5 Moor Lane.
Betty May’s Kitchen.
Escape Coffee & Cocktails ~ Friendly Coffee and cocktail Bar. Heavenly cocktails, speciality coffees,tea and cake. Pets very welcome including parrots and bearded dragons. 🙂 10 Market Place. escapecoffeeandcocktails.co.uk Cafe Nero ~ Comfy sofas, coffee and cakes. Castle street.
The Emporium ~ The stone flagged ground floor of this elegant bar and restaurant is now pet-friendly. Bob in for coffee, drinks, breakfast, lunch or an evening meal. Comfy sofas and Beat The Clock Pizzas are a big draw too. theemporiumclitheroe.co.uk
Maxwells Cafe & Wine Bar ~ The covered outside area of this popular cafe bar has heaters for chilly days. King Lane. www.maxwellscafebar.co.uk
The Secret Garden Café ~ Newly opened veggie café with vegan options, tasty cakes & hot drinks. Adjoins Clitheroe Health Shop. Has a nice outdoor terrace with views of the market. 1 New Market Street.
Clitheroe Pubs & Bars.
Bowland Beer Hall ~ For the Real ale fan, the Beer Hall at Holmes Mill has 42 cask ales on tap and has lots of original features from its industrial heritage including a huge steam engine. Serves bar meals. Now open every day. holmesmill.co.uk
White Lion ~ Popular town centre pub with resident dogs Mo and Nugget and Emoji. 11 Market Place.
New Inn ~ Drinkers Pub with good selection of Real Ales and cozy fires. Bar staff often give four legged visitors dog treats.Parson Lane.
Bowland Distillery Café/Bar ~ Independent gin and vodka distillery within the Green Jersey Cycle shop. Very welcoming to dogs. Shawbridge Street.
Old School Room ~ Formerly the Catholic Club on Lowergate, this is an attractive newly refurbished bar with big screen tvs, pool table and spacious yet snug seating areas. There’s also a fun retro school theme running through the bar.www.clitheroebar.com/
The Parlour ~ Artisan Coffee House and Cocktail Bar adjoining Northwest Barbers. Manchester Brewed Coffees, American Craft Beers and Sailor Jerry Rum Cocktails. You might be lucky and get to meet cutie resident pooch Ivy. Wellgate. Rose and Crown ~ Town centre pub that serves bar meals. Castle Street.
The Ale House ~ Micro pub specializing in cask ales, ciders and craft beers. Great board game selection too! Market Place. www.thealehouseclitheroe.co.uk
The Dog Music & Sports Bar ~ Beer, Pool and TVs. Wellgate.
Waggon & Horses. Recently refurbished Real Ale pub that also serves hearty food and has a Gin Cocktail menu. A little out of the town centre on Pimlico Road.
Escape Coffee & Cocktails ~ Coffee and cocktail bar next door to The Ale House.Market Place. No dogs allowed after 7pm on Fridays and Saturdays.
Edisford Bridge~ Country pub on the outskirts of Clitheroe.Good food and perfect for river walks.
There are also many country pubs in nearby villages which welcome dogs. Waddington has three pubs which are dog friendly. The Aspinall arms in Mitton, The Inn at Whitewell, The Hark to Bounty at Slaidburn, The Red Pump at Bashall Eaves and the Parkers Arms in Newton in Bowland love dogs too.Pooches are welcome at the Spread Eagle in Sawley ( they even have a Dogs Dish menu , especially for four-legged visitors) and Hindelinis ( Gisburn), Millie’s ( Hurst green), Potters Barn ( Ribchester), Country Kitchen( Waddington), Ebbeneezers ( Billington) , Puddleducks (Dunsop Bridge), the tea room at Tithe Barn, Browsholme Hall and Greendale ( on the road to Downham) are all pet friendly cafes. Dogs go free on the train so a trip to the nearby village of Whalley is a must with your dog, where there are more dog friendly pubs including Brady’s Bar , The Dog and Jack’s ,as well as a dog friendly cafe called Taste Buds. Bashall Barn and Melt at Backridge Farm near Clitheroe are also pet friendly shopping and eating destination. You can even treat your pooch to Afternoon Tea at Sandwitches cafe in Sabden ! Basically I need to write a whole second post about our very dog-friendly Ribble Valley !
Here are a few of my blog posts about dog friendly things to do in the area. 🙂
It was over a year ago when we booked a little holiday cottage on the Cumbria coast. Driftwood Cottage near Bardsea was booked up twelve months in advance ( its that popular) so patience had to be practised.At last January 2015 arrived. Yay! It was very much worth the wait. We chose Driftwood because it is right on the beach, has a toasty wood burner, five minutes walk to the pub, its dog friendly ( welcoming 3 well behaved hounds) and its done out in a fresh nautical style. The views over Morecambe bay are spectacular from the large picture windows in the lounge area. Pink sunrises and windy walks on the beach are mandatory. 🙂
Inside the cottage is so cozy. We made the most of having a wood burner and there was even a telescope to admire the scenery and the wildlife. We really liked the coffee table in the lounge which was made from an industrial cable drum.
Everyday we walked on the beach with Hugo. Happily we were blessed with pretty good weather for January and some days the sky was reflected in the sand. 🙂
The bay was always busy with wading birds and we even saw a couple of shelducks. If anyone knows what the birds below are, please let me know.
The beach held other surprises too……
The cottage is only five minutes walk from the village of Baycliff which has two pubs, a farm shop and a childrens play area. We actually only went to one of the pubs, ‘The Farmers Arms’ which is dog friendly ( the owners made a real fuss of Hugo), has a small selection of real ales and serves delicious food. Its best to book if you want to eat there though. Weekends and Wednesdays( Fish and Chips Night) especially.
I will post about a couple of places we visited whilst staying at the cottage soon. Being out of season though, a lot of the attractions below are not yet open. But you may find them useful in later months. We were also a little limited by Hugos car sickness. Not much fun traveling with a puking puppy! So we tended to stay quite local. Not that we minded, as Driftwood Cottage and the surrounding area are quite beautiful.Wouldn’t you agree? X
Hi Folks, I’m feeling all invigorated and refreshed after a weekend by the sea. Theres nothing like a blast of sea air to make you feel Alive, don’t you think. 🙂
We decided on a campsite near Bolton Le Sands on the Lancashire coast. Red Bank Farm is quite an undiscovered little gem, looking over the salt marshes to Morecambe Bay. And at only £6 per person per night, a bit of a bargain.
The campsite itself consists of two camping fields for tents and campers, along with some static caravans. We pitched up in the top field , with its beautiful sea views. Facilities at Red Bank Farm include a clean toilet & shower block with hot showers, an undercover wash up area, laundry room and a rather nice cafe , converted from an old barn.
The very best thing about the site however, is the stunning location. We loved walking along the sea defenses every morning and especially early evening. The sky here is big and the sunsets are sublime. The salt marshes make for an interesting wildlife habitat too. Elver eels migrate here and all sorts of wading birds can be spotted including little egret. 🙂
The campsite is part of a working farm making full use of fresh produce in the cafe, including free range eggs( chickens roam freely around the site) and their own reared salt marsh lamb. There is also a pets corner which proved popular with the kids…..and big kids like me. 🙂
The sea air on the Lancashire coast is proper bracing , but I have to say there is nothing better than wrapping up warm and taking a blanket, plastic wine glasses and a bottle of wine down to the shore to watch the sun set.
I am almost sorry we are back home now and the camping gear is all packed away until next year. The warm days have returned folks , so its the prefect time for a last camping trip to the sea side , in the September sun……
As you may have read we have recently returned from a few days camping near Pooley Bridge in the Ullswater area of the Lakes. The we in question are myself, my boyfriend Wil and our elderly labrador Jake. We stayed at the Quiet Site and I reviewed it in my previous post.
Holidaying with the hound can prove quite a challenge but luckily the Lake District is quite geared up for accepting your four legged friend at various attractions. If you are into walking the countryside here includes some of the most awe inspiring terrain in England. Now that our Jakey is an old boy to much hiking around is no longer an option for us. But here are a few of the places we visited.
Whinlatter is a mountain forest park packed full of walking trails, mountain bike trails, and wildlife including Osprey, deer and red squirrels. There is also a kids adventure trail and a Go Ape for the more adventurous. Wil comes here alot mountain biking ( you can hire bikes here too) but it is also a great place to bring the dog.After checking out the trails we enjoyed a brew and homemade cake at Siskins cafe with its wooden veranda looking out onto the forest.Friendly birds darted from the many hanging bird feeders to feast on our crumbs.
High Cup Winery
Did you know Cumbria has its very own Winery? High Cup Winery is based at Townhead Farm at the foot of High Cup Gill in the Eden Valley. We discovered them whilst in the area last year but to our disappointment they were shut at the time. Luckily this trip they were open and busy constructing a fence round their fruit bushes to keep out the rabbits! The wines they produce come from their home grown raspberries,damsons,elderberries,rhubarb,gooseberries and even beetroot. We were able to sample them before we chose which ones to purchase. I was very keen on the spiced beetroot which is best served warm. We came away with bottles of ravishing rhubarb, raspberry rose and exquisite elderflower and apple. Perfect for sipping on a summers evening camping. 🙂
Llama Karma Kafe
A rather kooky coffee break stop off on the A66 Penrith, we had our lunch here oneday on the way to my nephews school sports day. Lovely food, a quirky peruvian interior,lots of animal inspired cuddly toys and gifts , a cozy woodburner.And Llamas in the back yard! Kids will love the Animal magic garden, the real live llamas and the wooden lifesize llamas.:)
Having the hound with us, we sat out front on one of the picnic benches. I had to go and have a sneeky peek at the Llamas though.Apparently the Llama Karma Cafe organizes Llama trek experiences in Lakeland too. Now that would be something to try!
Birdoswald Roman Fort
We have always wanted to see Hadrians Wall so decided on driving to Birdoswald Roman Fort near Brampton.Still in Cumbria, just, the longest intact expanse of Hadrians Wall can be found here. Not exactly ` Game of Thrones’ height but still impressive none the less! The weather was sunny but rather blustery and wild and I imagine the beautiful but harsh northern landscape must have seemed bleak to the Roman soldiers who lived along the wall. There’s a small museum at Birdoswald and information about the remains of the fort ( would have been better if there had been more artefacts on display from the site) , an English heritage gift shop and tearooms. You are welcome to bring your own picnic as there are benches in the courtyard. The attraction is dog friendly and there are extensive walking and cycling routes along the wall.
Ullswater is the second longest lake in the Lake District and I think, the most beautiful. A good way of enjoying the breathtaking scenery is to take a boat trip on one of the old Ullswater Steamersthat depart from the villages of Glenridding,Pooley bridge and Howtown and you can get hop on and off tickets which will allow you to explore the lake countryside partly by boat and partly on foot if you wish. We simply got a return ticket from Glenridding at one side of the lake, stopped off at Pooley bridge for lunch and a cream tea in the pretty riverside tea gardens at Granny Dowbekins Cafe and then headed back to Glenridding. It takes about an hour to get from one end of the lake to the other.
We learn’t quite a bit about Ullswater on our trip. I didn’t realize but Donald Campbell broke the world speed record here in 1955 in the jet powered Bluebird K7. William Wordsworth was inspired to write his famous poem ‘The Daffodils’,when walking along the banks here with his sister Dorothy. And Ullswater is linked to Arthurian Legend where it is often referred to as “The Dark Lake”. I highly recommend visiting this less touristy area.:)
We have lately come back from a few days camping in The Lake District. Five awesome days at a campsite near Ullswater. The Quiet Site is situated two miles from the lake side village of Pooley Bridge, a haven of hostelries and tea gardens. Its a little out of the way~ maybe this accounts for the name, i’m not sure.At any rate it certainly is peaceful at The Quiet Site in term time June.Things may be different in the summer holidays, the site is certainly geared up for families ( old stone buildings house excellent shower blocks with hot showers and hairdryers, seperate family bathrooms, laundrette to wash those muddy clothes, under cover wash up areas, fridge and microwave,small shop selling basics, a games room and a tv room), walkers and is dog friendly too.:)
The site is divided into two parts.There are static caravans as well as a touring and tents area. Although on a slope the tourers and tents pitches have all been terraced so no worries about rolling down the hill in your sleep.:-D. As well as camping you can hire a Pod. Prices start at £35 per night. These wooden dome like structures have their own private decking areas and look a more warm and dry alternative to sleeping under canvas. Maybe Oneday…..
What we liked most about the site ( apart from the idylic location~views of buttercup filled meadows ,surrounding fells and Ullswater shimmering in the distance), was the somewhat quirky pub in the grounds, The Quiet Bar. The Quiet Bar is an old beamed Cumbrian long barn which was converted into a pub in the 1950’s. With seating made from wooden beer kegs, a huge fireplace with a roaring fire and ancient taxidermy adorning the walls it certainly is an interesting place to go for a pint. There is a selection of real ales on draught including the Quiet Pint which the other half describes as a ‘Good Northern Stout’, don’t ask me, i’m more of a cider gal myself. No food is served in the Quiet Bar unfortunatly.Dogs are welcome though.^^
We camped with a EHU ( electric hook up ) which cost us £21per night. The price included a £1per night charge for Jake our labrador.
Look out for my next post which will feature a few of the places we visited whilst camping here in Cumbria. 🙂
This year we decided for the first time to go away for Christmas. We booked a tiny cottage with a log fire in the Yorkshire Dales. We packed our wellies and headed for the lovely village of Kettlewell in Wharfedale.
Kettlewell is a very christmassy looking village with a couple of inns and lots of pheasants.The folk there are very friendly and everyone seems to own a couple of dogs……which was good for us as we took along our labrador Jake.Well Christmas would not be the same without him!
Both pubs in the village are dog friendly and popular with families and walkers.We ate in the Blue Bell and The Racehorses and they both served excellant food. If you like your real ales then both have a good selection especially the Blue Bell.
We knew before we booked that we were unlikely to get any mobile phone reception in Kettlewell. Looks like the locals had given up on theirs!
The village was very prettily decorated with lights and christmas wreaths hung on everyones doors. 🙂
Kettlewell also has a couple of tearooms.I only tried out ‘Zarinas’ which serves a vast selection of teapigs teas and delicous home made cakes.
There is a very well equipped Village Store, a Youth Hostel, an outdoor shop and a picture gallery in Kettlewell too.It is very popular with walkers as there are hills to walk up with great names like ‘Providence Pot’but as we have an aging labrador we restricted most of our ramblings to around the village and along the river.
one day we did have visitors. A couple of our friends bought their kids over and we had a lovely meal out and then did alot of splashing in puddles and admired one particular house which had a festive display of santas and snowmen.:)
But most of the time we just snuggled up by the fire. 🙂 I think we will definatly go away for Christmas again oneday.Kettlewell is somewhere we would stay at any time of year.