The CultureJukebox team have long been fans of long walks in the country, and enjoying a good ale in the process too.
So, with the number of UK breweries rising and the craft beer trend showing no sign of stopping – it’s great to spot a new trend in UK brewing. Beer for those who love their walking and their dogs.
Nowhere is this more true than in Langdale in the Lake District, which is dubbed by aficionados as the best beer garden in the world. Could it be true? Well, it’s certainly a contender, with more and more beer fans taking their dogs into pubs and sampling some high quality local ales.
Research comes Flogas, specialists in LPG gas tank installation for pubs in remote locations off-grid, who know how to traverse the Lake District with man’s best friend as well as stopping for a few tasty beers along the way.
Here’s their recommended route:
To begin, why not climb the pyramid-shaped mountain that is Bowfell, the sixth-highest mountain in the Lake District and one of the most popular. From here, you can continue along Crinkle Crags to Cold Pike and then finish at Pike O’ Blisco, which will lead you back down to the bottom of the valley again. Once you’ve reached the bottom, it’s time to take your dog to the best-dog friendly pubs in the area.
New Dungeon Ghyll
The first pub you’ll come across is the New Dungeon Ghyll, offering real ales and craft beers such as Westmorland Gold, a Golden Ale brewed in the heart of the Lake District by Barngates Brewery; there will also be a doggy bowl waiting in the Walker’s Bar for when they get thirsty as well.
From here, you can re-fuel again at Sticklebarn, which isn’t a far walk from the New Dungeon Ghyll. As 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.
This pub is perfect for well-behaved dogs, as well as muddy dogs! Dog towels, water bowls, and doggy treats are all provided here, and there is even a special doggy menu for when you’re enjoying a pint of real ale.
From here, you can take a 40-minute walk down the valley towards Wainwrights Inn, another dog-friendly pub that serves Coniston, a local brewery based in Cumbria. Try the Coniston Bluebird Bitter – an exceedingly pale beer that has a hint of colour.
Balanced by a biscuity malt, the challenger hops 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 fell hike!
With eight pubs now benefitting from the microbrewery phenomenon, it’s easy to see how this new trend has emerged within the Lake District. With over 30 microbreweries creating the best of what the Lakeland region has to offer in terms of real ales, pubs across the Lake District are now benefitting from being dog friendly, as well as serving the most unique beers and flavours available.