Best Dog Friendly Pubs in The Lake District

Best Dog Friendly Pubs in The Lake District

Dog Friendly Pubs in The Lake DistrictWe are delighted to offer dog friendly motorhome hire and are passionate about your dog being able to enjoy your touring holiday with you so we are compiling a list of the best dog friendly pubs located in and around The Lake District.  All of the pubs on the list are very welcoming of well behaved dogs, at least in some part of their establishments, so whether you are going for a drink or something to eat your dog will be able to join you.  We are compiling this list from our own experiences, recommendations from other dog owners and our motorhome hire customers so if you have had a good experience with your four legged friend in a pub in and around The Lake District please contact us  and the pub may be added to our list.

The Eagle and Child Inn


Staveley (about 5 miles East of Windermere)

The Pub

Inside, the Eagle and Child has a cosy, traditional country feel, achieved by the combination of slate floors, exposed beams and real log fires, whilst outside there are two fantastic beer gardens offering beautiful views of the surrounding countryside and the River Kent.

Food and Drink

The Eagle and Child use village suppliers for meat and fresh breads, with fish and game also coming from local sources. All of their food is freshly prepared in house and they also offer a variety of tasty, freshly prepared vegetarian dishes. Menus are changed on a regular basis to include special offers and deals on two or three course meals and children are well catered for with their ‘Junior Eagles Menu.’ The Eagle and Child are proud to have been included in the CAMRA good beer guide each year since 2000 and their drinks menu reflects this with many local ales appearing alongside a great selection of both draught and bottled lagers, over twenty malt whiskeys and a comprehensive wine list. To find out more about the current food and drink menus please visit their website (contact details below)

For The Dogs

Dogs are very welcome in the bar areas and the beer gardens at the Eagle and Child, where there are water and treats in plentiful supply, and perhaps more, with the owners’ trialing some Doggy Beer this previous Summer.

You and your dog are sure to receive a warm welcome from Richard and Denise and their own pooch Charlie (pictured above)

Contact Information

Opening Hours – Monday to Sunday – 11.00am to 11.00pm
Food Served – Mon – Fri: 12 noon – 2.30pm and 6 – 9pm
Sat, Sun and Bank Holidays: All day
Address – Kendal Road, Staveley, Cumbria. LA8 9LP. Lake District
Telephone – 01539 821320

Pubs on the Map

Emilia’s First Trip to Scotland

Emilia’s First Trip to Scotland

Motorhome Hire ScotlandEmilia is our newest 4 berth motorhome and she has just returned from her first trip to Scotland, Susan and Turner Walker hired Emilia for 4 days and have very kindly written a comprehensive and informative  review of their trip and allowed us to show the photographs from their travels.

Thank you to Susan and Turner, it sounds and looks like you had a great time and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

4 Day Trip to Dumfries, Galloway & Ayrshire

We hired Emilia on a four day hire for our first time and she was brand new and ready to go with everything we needed for our road trip adventure in Scotland.

After a thorough handover by Beth and Helen we left Hillfoot with smiles on our faces, we felt like King and Queen of the road. Before we even got out of Ulverston we had our first Motorhome wave, so we had joined the team, of Motor-homers.

The vehicle was very smooth and economical, on our 500 mile trip it averaged approx. 29-30 miles to the gallon.

The front seats are very comfortable and with an excellent viewing position. The Dab radio was very clear and updated us with traffic announcements. The cab has ports for USB and a 12V charger also. Very useful for charging as you drive and pulling the Sat Nav in too.

We travelled to Kirkcudbright (Borgue – Solway View/Balmangan Farm site) for our very first night experience. The hooking up and settling down took only minutes and the kettle was on! The site was small and very clean with good facilities. We had a relaxing journey to the site and had been very comfortable, with the Truma heating which provided heat and very hot water. We used the Eco setting after we had programmed a comfortable temperature onto the command station pad, this was very easy to control, which warmed the cabin beautifully.

She had excellent TV reception, due to the satellite dish positioned on the roof and the TV had a very clear and good quality screen, after using the oven to cook a great meal, this was also straight forward to use, we settled down to a glass of wine and some TV. We were very comfortable.

The French fixed bed with the memory foam mattress was very comfortable, and we are used to a Temper mattress at home. The other bed was made up from the table and had other cushions provided from the under bed store. Very comfortable and easy to put and away again.

Breakfast was easy and the oven and grill worked really well and I cooked our own hens eggs in the microwave and used the electric toaster provided. Everything was working well and plenty of utensils are provided also.

We packed up and made our way to Port Patrick for afternoon tea at the Port Patrick Hotel, which overlooks the harbour. A lovely sunny day and it was a lovely place to visit.

We carried on and made our way to Culzean Castle in Ayrshire, which was a Camping & Caravanning site. It was immaculate and had everything you required. A small shop on site, had basics and some frozen foods also. The motorhome has a good sized fridge and a small freezer compartment too.

We enjoyed the motorhome experience that much, we had a day of rest on the Sunday, and just admired the views across to the Holy Island and Isle of Arran behind, enjoying the welcome sunshine. Many of the site residents, had been very welcoming and some came for a chat. Very friendly.

The drive home was a breeze and we sadly had to unpack our belongings and return her to Hillfoot. We would hire her again in a heartbeat, it was a wonderful experience.

Thanks Bardsea Leisure Motorhome Hire. 10/10 🙂

The 3 Lakes Tour

The 3 Lakes Tour

If you are hiring one of our motorhomes with the intention of exploring The Lake District, then there is a fantastic opportunity to enjoy three lakes with one booking and that is The 3 Lakes Tour.  The lakes in question are among the most picturesque in the area, and they are Ullswater, Derwentwater and  Windermere

The 3 Lakes Tour package includes a one night stay at three excellent campsites, which means each day you will wake to lake and mountain views of some of the most breathtaking scenery that the Lakes have to offer.  This three night lake lovers break has been created by Park Cliffe, The Quiute Site and Castlerigg Hall.

As part of The 3 Lakes Tour guests receive a money saving bonus in the form of vouchers entitling you to discounted travel on the various cruises which ply the three lakes on the tour. The money saving breaks are available from March until November 2016 covering any three nights from Sunday until Thursday, excluding school holiday periods. and you will also have the opportunity to take in some of the attractions situated around the area.


Based on 2 persons for 3 nights (1nt The Quite Site, 1nt Castlerigg Hall, 1nt Park Cliffe) including discount vouchers for cruises on Ullswater, Derwentwater and Lake Windermere.

Motorhome/Campervan – £60.00
Tent – £60.00
Camping Pod – £120.00
Extra person 16yrs+ £5 per night
Extra charge of £2 applies for a dog (not permitted in pods).
Payment to be made in full at the time of booking.

Terms & Conditions

The 3 Lakes Tour must be taken on consecutive nights.
Only available Sunday to Thursday nights excluding school holiday periods and subject to availability.

For more information and to book please click here

Places to Stay in The Lake DistrictThe 3 Lakes Tour Sites

A Weekend at Holker Garden Festival

On Friday 3rd – Sunday 5th June we took one of our motorhomes and some caravans from Bardsea Leisure to Holker Garden Festival on the beautiful Holker Estate, so that everyone could have a look around and ask us any questions they may have about motorhome holidays. We had a great time chatting to many people interested in hiring one of our motorhomes, amongst other things. The festival itself was brilliant with so many things to do and see for adults and kids including doing arts and crafts and eating and drinking some of the best local produce and best of all we could take our dog, Ellie. If you’re interested in hiring a motorhome please contact us for more information or take a look of the availability of our 4 berth motorhome and 6 berth motorhome The weather was wonderful all weekend and we took a lot of bookings, here are a few pictures that I took at the festival.

Take in a Local Beer Festival

Take in a Local Beer Festival

Cumbria Beer FestivalsIf you are touring the Lake District and Cumbria in one of our motorhomes and enjoy tasting some local brews, there are a number of beer festivals being held all over the county in the coming months. So why not park up your motorhome have a stroll to a festival, sample or even indulge in  the offerings safe in the knowledge that you have a comfortable place to return to for a good nights sleep before continuing your journey feeling refreshed.

Keswick Beer Festival Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th June

Keswick Beer Festival is celebrating its’ 20th this year, at the festival there will be a selection of great beers and ciders from the local area and further afield including some new beers that have just hit the market. There is also live music on both days featuring some fantastic bands.

Places to stay – Keswick Camping and Caravanning Club Site
Castlerigg Hall Caravan & Camping Park
Derwentwater Camping and Caravanning Club Site
Castlerigg Farm Camping and Caravan Site

Boot Beer Festival Thursday 9th to Sunday 12th June

Boot Beer Festival is held in Boot, a small village in the valley of Eskdale, the festival itself is spread over 3 pubs Brook House Inn, Boot Inn and Woolpack Inn and there are a huge variety of beers and other beverages available, good food and entertainment. Why not park up your motorhome at Eskdale Camping and Caravanning Club Site (situated about 1 mile from the festival venues), visit the lovely pubs and sample some of the tasty beer, there are so many varieties on offer that you are sure to find some that suit your palette  and then the morning after take in one of the picturesque walks around the valley to clear your head.

Places to stay – Eskdale Camping and Caravanning Club Site
Fisherground Campsite
Wasdale Campsite

Northern Craft (Hawkshead) Thursday 21st to Saturday 23rd July

The Northern Craft Beer Festival is held at Hawkshead Brewery and Beer Hall twice a year, the festival showcases the very best British beer from the very best British craft breweries, so it is very much quality over quantity when selecting which beers to showcase. The festival is very much a family affair so kids and dogs are welcome, there is food served all day, live music and of course great beer. The icing on the cake or perhaps the head on the pint is that it is free entry and no ticket required so you can pop in for a swift pint or get comfortable and sample some of the fantastic beers.

Places to stay – The Croft Caravan Site

A Day in The Lakes

We spent a wonderful day out in The Lakes to celebrate our nephew’s birthday, we began in Haverthwaite where we boarded the steam train at Lakeside and Haverthwaite railway.  We took the train to Lakeside, where among other attractions is The Lakes Aquarium, we took a boat cruise on Lake Windermere  from Lakeside  to the popular town of Bowness where we had a lovely walk through the town culminating in a visit to the Beatrix Potter Museum.  Before boarding the 16:00 boat back to Haverthwaite we enjoyed a delicious ice cream from The Lakes Ice Cream Shop, which we ate next to the lake, watched the swans and took in the beautiful views across Lake Windermere. On our return to Haverthwaite we traveled 6 miles to the Mason’s Arms at Strawberry Bank where we had tea, which was delicious and the perfect way to end a a fantastic day out. It is so nice to be able to take our dog with us, she had her own ticket on the boat and train! Cute!  So many other things to do in the lakes, we are going to go try Brockhole next time.

Places to Visit in the Lake District

Places to Visit in the Lake District

Popular Places to Visit in the Lake District

Coniston Water

Coniston Water

Coniston Water is the third largest water in the Lake District at around 5 miles long by half a mile wide, situated half a mile from the village of Coniston and beneath the towering mountain of Coniston Old Man it really is the perfect place to enjoy any number of outdoor activities both on land and water. Boats and Bikes can be hired from Coniston Boating Centre, situated in the village, which also boasts some very nice pubs, shops and eateries.  Other attractions that may be of interest in the Coniston area are Brantwood, the residence of artist John Ruskin with its’ fabulous gardens and views to enjoy, with many exhibitions detailing the history of Coniston the Ruskin Museum is also a very interesting place to visit.

Coniston – Useful Links
Coniston Boating Centre Tel – 015394 41366
Brantwood – The World of John Ruskin Tel – 015394 41396
Ruskin Museum Tel – 01539 441164


Lake Windermere

Lake Windermere is a ribbon lake, situated just over a mile from the town of Windermere and is the largest natural lake in England at around 11 miles long and 219 feet deep. A large range of water sports are enjoyed on the lake including waterskiing, sailing, canoeing and kayaking and many more, for a perhaps more relaxing experience you can take a cruise of the lake with Windermere Lake Cruises who offer a number of fantastic packages. The town of Windermere although quite small is a busy place with  a variety of local shops as well as a Booths supermarket.

Windermere – Useful Links
Windermere Lake Cruises Tel – 015394 43360
Places to Stay
Park Cliffe Holiday Park Tel – 015395 31344



The market town of Keswick is an award winning destination, featured as the ninth best destination in the Travelers Choice awards. Keswick is surrounded by six lakes including the island studded, mile wide Derwentwater and Bassenthwaite Lake, which is famous for being the only actual lake in The Lake District. Also home to a number of peaceful and picturesque valleys such as Borrowdale that boast an array of beautiful scenery with a mixture of vast green expanses, woodland and traditional style villages, hamlets and buildings, which make it the perfect place for hiking and landscape photography. Some of the most breathtaking mountains can also be found in Keswick and the North Lakes area, which include The Scafells, Helvellyn and Skiddaw. There are many routes to walk in Keswick and some guided walks are available organised by the Lake District National Park

Keswick – Useful Links
Walking Routes in and around Keswick Tel – 017687 75738
Events and guided walks calendar
Places to Stay
Castlerigg Caravan and Camping Park Tel – 017687 74499



Ullswater is the second largest lake in the Lake District being approximately 9 miles long and 0.75 miles wide with a depth of 197 feet, the narrow ribbon lake is recognised by many as being the most beautiful lake in the Lake District. There are many attractions and things to do around Ullswater, which is located near the market town of Penrith, some  places to visit are Askham Hall Gardens & Cafe where you can enjoy some of the finest local produce prepared by head chef Richard Swale, Also The Alpaca Centre Shop where you can view the Alpacas in their paddocks and purchase some of the garments created using their wool. Of course you can get closer to the lake itself by climbing aboard an Ullswater Steamer for a fantastic cruise of the lake.

Ullswater – Useful Links
Askham Hall Gardens & Cafe Tel – 01931 712350
Alpaca Centre Shop Tel – 01768 891440
Ullswater Steamers Lake Cruises Tel – 01768 482229
Places to Stay
The Quiet Site Tel – 07768 727016

Hawkshead village


Hawkshead is a village situated in the South Lakeland area, west of Lake Windermere, a charming village to be explored on foot due to its’ car-free village centre (there is a car park on the outskirts). Hawkshead is steeped in history and has strong connections to William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter, in fact one of the main attractions is the The Beatrix Potter gallery, which features original artwork exhibitions plus information about her life outside of writing, such as her work as a farmer and conservationist and her legacy that lives on today. With the cobbled streets, archways and alleyways Hawkshead is a fantastic example of a traditional Lake District village and there are many inns, tearooms and gift shops to enjoy also.

Hawkshead – Useful Links
Beatrix Potter Gallery

Useful Websites – Some fantastic information and photography covering all areas of the Lake District

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