Dog Friendly Pub in Cumbria with Fantastic Walking Countryside on the Doorstep
There's nothing nicer than relaxing in a cosy pub after a long dog walk. The Fat Lamb Country Inn & Restaurant has some of the best walking countryside in the UK on its doorstep. Situated midway between the National Parks of the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales, it is a superb base to explore these popular holiday destinations and the surrounding countryside with your dog. The pub is located three miles from Kirkby Stephen railway station, where you can catch a train on the Settle-Carlisle line, famous for its views of rolling hills and Victorian architecture. There is no charge for dogs and each person can bring a maximum of two dogs on the train.
For those who prefer to avoid the crowds, the hotel is set in spectacular scenery and lies on the edge of the lesser known North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty incorporating Alston, Britain's highest market town. Described as England's last great wilderness, it is an important area for wildlife supporting 80% of our black grouse population, plus rare merlin, otters and many other endangered species. For energetic walkers, The Fat Lamb Country Inn also sits at the eastern edge of the commanding Howgill fells. The Howgills comprise over a hundred square miles of ancient rounded hills with plummeting waterfalls, breathtaking views and criss-crossing footpaths where it is still possible to walk all day without seeing another person, even at the height of summer.
Crossbank Nature Reserve at the back of the inn is a unique amenity giving wildlife lovers the chance to indulge in a spot of bird watching, wildlife photography or just the quiet contemplation of nature. Dogs are not allowed in the nature reserve to protect the nesting birds, but there is a lovely circular dog walk around the perimeter on public footpaths, that allows great views of the interior.
A favourite local walk is over a limestone pavement area called The Clouds. This got its name because on a clear day the limestone looks like clouds on the fell from the opposite side of the valley. Sheep graze on the land so dogs must be kept under close control and on a lead when there are lambs about. Some parts of the walk are a bit steep. For something more gentle, try a circular walk through back roads into the village of Ravenstonedale or an amble on Cote Moor down the hill.
All this walking generates a good appetite and the pub has a well deserved reputation for good food. A full menu is available in the bar, from simple sandwiches and classic pub dishes to four course fine dining. The homemade pies are very popular, with a range of delicious fillings to sample throughout the week.
The Fat Lamb is very hospitable to dog owners and welcomes doggy visitors of all shapes and sizes. Dogs are welcome in the bar at all times of the day and slumbering dogs can often be seen lying next to the open fire.
Dogs can stay in the hotel bedrooms at no extra charge and a torch and water bowl can be provided. If dog owners wish to have breakfast with their dog, a table can be set up in the bar. There is no specific restriction on the number of dogs per room. If you are planning to bring more than two dogs or three small dogs it's best to make an enquiry.
With so much fantastic countryside on the doorstep it's easy to see why The Fat Lamb is so popular with walkers and their four-legged friends.
Tel. 015396 23242
The Fat Lamb
Country Inn, Restaurant & Nature Reserve
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