The Number of breweries has risen in the UK to around 8%, with 1,700 of them making craft beers that appeal to those of us that want to drink something that’s been specially crafted with flavours, and locally brewed whenever we enter a pub for the first time.
So, bringing in dogs and hiking, there appears to be a new trend that is emerging for walkers, who love exploring the great outdoors with their four-legged companion, and it’s clear that microbreweries are making their way to more remote locations, as they emerge and become more popular in the UK.
Langdale in the Lake District has been labelled by walkers and residents as the ‘best beer garden in the world’ and it’s leading the way for walkers who want to taste a great beer, whilst taking their dogs to the best dog friendly pubs around, turning a traditional pub crawl into a more adventurous one.
With Flogas, specialists in LPG gas tank installation for pubs in remote locations off-grid, we explore how to navigate the Lake District with your canine friend as well as stopping for a few tasty beers along the way.
Taking the long route: Enjoy the walk and beer
To start with, we recommend you climb the pyramid-shaped mountain that is Bowfell, the sixth highest mountain in the Lake District and one of the most popular. From there, you can continue along Crinkle Crags to Cold Pike and then end up at Pike O’Blisco, which will lead you back down to the bottom of the valley again. When you’ve reach the bottom, it’s time to take your companion to the best dog-friendly pubs in the area.
The New Dungeon Ghyll
The first pub you’ll come to will be the New Dungeon Ghyll, offering real ales and craft beers such as Westmorland Gold, a Golden Ale brewed by Barnsgate, a local brewery in the heart of the Lake District; there will also be a dog bowl waiting in the Walker’s Bar for when they get thirsty as well.
After Dungeon Ghyll, you can re-fuel again at Sticklebarn, which doesn’t take long to walk to. 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.
The pub is perfect for dogs, whether they clean or muddy They provide dog towels, dog bowls, doggy treats and they even provide a special dog menu for when you’re quenching your thirst on a pint of real ale.
This is a 40 minute walk from Sticklebarn, down the valley. It’s another dog friend pub that serves Coniston, a local brewery based in Cumbria. A recommended pint would be the Coniston Bluebird Bitter, which is an exceedingly pale beer that has a hint of colour.
The beer is balanced with a biscuity malt, the strong hopes provide this beer with an orange fruit aroma that balances the flavour; a perfect example of how locally brewed ales from microbreweries come to life in local pubs across your hike!
With having 8 pubs to benefit from the microbrewery phenomenon, it’s easy to see the new trend that has emerged within the region. There are over 30 microbreweries creating the best of what the Lakeland region has to offer in terms of ales. The pubs across the Lakes are benefitting from being dog friendly, as well as serving the most unique beers and flavours available.
Be sure to get out there and follow your own trail today, but make sure you stop off at every pub along the way to get a true taste of what the Lake District has to offer.