Keep safe!

Keep safe!
You are responsible for your own safety and that of your dog. The walks listed in this blog are not detailed guides. Plan your route! Click the landrover image for safety advice from Bowland Pennine MRT.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

A happy dog friendly holiday in Northumberland

We have just returned from a fantastically dog friendly week in Northumberland. Sadly no beaches for us yet as sand and eye surgery don't mix, but it was wonderful all the same. We stayed in a small village called Lucker, close to Bamburgh.  It's a strange place at first sight as almost all of the village consists of holiday cottages, property bond apartments and a holiday park, all owned by a handful of property companies.  Stablewood Cottages, with whom we stayed, also run the village pub and a bistro across the road.

For us it was pretty much perfect. The property (The Old Mill) had been recently renovated and was superb.  Three floors meant lots of exercise for the dogs leg, which was good.  Away from the coast meant no problems with sand in his eyes too.  The Apple Tree pub, also dog friendly, was excellent as was sitting outside its sister establishment, the Apple Core.  

Excellent pubs abound on the Northumberland coast.  The Joiners Arms, Jolly Fisherman (for a drink) and White Swan all met with our, and the dogs, approval.  Mid week we had to make a trip back to Penrith for a checkup with the vets and found another gem, the Carts Bog Inn, just off the A69 near Hexham.  

We didn't get up to much walking other than round the village.  Craster to Dunstanburgh castle was a real hit though, as was a stroll round Bamburgh. I didn't care too much for Seahouses but can see the attraction of the boats out to the Farne Islands.  One day we'll be back to do that.

Hopefully we are now over the worst of his recent trials and tribulations.  The crate and pen were packed away today, together with the cone of shame.  We have a clear kitchen for the first time since February.  Here's hoping for an uneventful and fun summer!

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