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Morgan’s favourite things about living in Patterdale in the Lake District.
The How. Cosy dog friendly accommodation with a rug in front of the woodburner (don’t get too close!). A small patio garden with plenty of smells and views over the road and beck to the fells and of course...
The walks. Simply magnificent. Click on the link to see a selection of my favourite Patterdale Walks. There are loads of walks to suit all leg sizes and energy levels, from quick “time for quick trip” walks along the beck to all day adventures up Helvellyn and the other fells.
Pet friendly local shop. Tom and Gillian in the Patterdale Village Store are quite simply the most pet friendly shop owners I know. They also keep a box of dog biscuits behind the counter as well. I’m told the shop has a great range of produce as well - and as a guest at the How you get a 10% discount on everything you buy there.
The Local Pub. The White Lion Inn is only 300 yards away and is very dog friendly, with a water bowl in the porch, and an outside seating area. I can also go inside and relax as long as I don’t get too rowdy with fellow dogs! The Patterdale Hotel also has a large seating area outside which is perfect for sitting in the sunshine and snoozing.
The Wildlife. Whilst I am very careful to never chase sheep and am always on a lead in a field of sheep, especially around lambing time, it is still great to see so many sheep out and about on the fells. If you’re lucky, especially in the winter you may also see Roe deer near the cottage, and Red Deer on Place Fell and towards Martindale. There are also plenty of ducks, geese and swans in the beck over the road from the cottage, although watch out for the swans as they’re never that happy to see me when I jump in the water to say hello. There are also Herons, pheasants and a huge array of other birds. If you take your owner out for a walk early or late then you might also see badgers and foxes, although again watch out for the badgers as they can be a little on the unfriendly side. You may also see cows out and about between Easter and November - please be careful around them especially if they have calves nearby.
Ullswater. As a Labrador I like swimming almost as much as I like walking. Ullswater provides some great launch spots, especially from Jenkins Field in Glenridding, and from Silver Point. You can also dive into Goldrill Beck opposite the cottage for a quick refresher when you get back from a long walk. Most of the walks also have plenty of becks and puddles to drink from, as well as places like Red Tarn and Angle Tarn for a fully fledged swim. Watch out for the peat puddles on Place Fell though - they’re deeper than you think!
Our Patterdale Holiday Cottage is Pet Friendly
As dedicated pet lovers ourselves we welcome one well behaved dog at the How. The only thing we ask is that your dog is kept off the beds and that you clear up after them in the garden area. Our own black Labrador Morgan will be your neighbour for the week and so we thought it would be an idea to let him give you an idea of the great things for dogs in the area!
So whatever your breed or preferences, I’m sure Patterdale and Ullswater is the perfect place for your holiday. And don’t forget I’m just the other side of the fence if you need some friendly advice! I look forward to seeing you as my neighbour in Patterdale soon!
If you want to find out more and see some more photos why not check out my page on the Helvellyn Blog. Just click the link below.