The Pub Crawl But With A Twist*

*This is a collaborative post*

As many of you may know, breweries are now becoming more popular in the UK then ever with a rise of eight percent. One thousand and seven hundred of these make craft beers that appeal to those of us that want to drink something that little bit 'extra' special, and locally brewed, whenever we enter a pub for the first time.

Many microbreweries are now making their way to more remote locations as they become more and more popular. There is indeed a trend amongst walkers who love to explore the great outdoors with their canine companions before stopping off for a few ice cold beers.

One of the best spots to drink, dogs in tow, whilst being surrounded by beautiful nature is Langdale in the Lake District. It has been named the ‘best beer garden in the world’ by previous visitors, surely this makes it worth a visit? Taking your dog to the best 'dog-friendly' pubs around can turn a traditional pub crawl into something a little more adventurous.

Below we explore how to traverse the Lake District with man’s best friend as well as stopping for a few tasty beers along the way:

Hiking With A Pint

Cumbria is home to some of the most popular mountains, including the Bowfell which is actually in the top ten list of highest mountains in the Lake District. 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.

Great Langdale: New Dungeon Ghyll

A pub that offers real ales and craft beers such as Westmorland Gold, a Golden Ale brewed in the heart of the Lake District by Barngates Brewery, is the New Dungeon Ghyll. This is one you should start off with and is an 1830's farmhouse with great valley views. There'll also be a doggy bowl waiting in the Walker’s Bar for when your four legged friends get thirsty too.

Great Langdale: Sticklebarn

Next on the list after you’ve had that much-needed drink in the New Dungeon Ghyll is National Trust pub, the Sticklebarn. Because this is a National Trust pub, the Sticklebarn ensures that all of its meals are freshly prepared on the premises. They also stock real ales alongside speciality bottled beers.

If you're used to generic pub rules, don't let this put you off because this pub welcomes all types of dogs whether clean or dirty! 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.

Ambleside: Wainwrights Inn

There's about a forty minute walk to the Wainwrights Inn so now it’s time to put the real hard work in. You'll appreciate a drink all the more once you've made the trek. This pub serves Coniston, a local brewery based in Cumbria and welcomes dogs too, so don’t worry about walking all of that way for nothing! Try the Coniston Bluebird Bitter - an exceedingly pale beer that has a hint of colour. With a balance of biscuity malt, the orange fruit plays nicely with the flavour. This is a perfect example of how locally brewed ales from microbreweries come to life in local pubs across your fell hike!

As breweries continue to become more popular around the country, it's no wonder that walkers are making the most of this trend. Hiking is a thirst inducing activity afterall! With over thirty microbreweries creating the best of what the Lakeland region has to offer in terms of real ales, pubs across the Lake District are now benefiting from being dog friendly, as well as serving the most unique beers and flavours available.

Flogas, specialists in LPG gas tank installation, are setting you the challenge to get out there and start following your own trail today. Just make sure you stop off at every pub along the way to get a true taste of what the Lake District has to offer. See you there! :)

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